So you think you can just run some tap water over those grapes and they’ll be squeaky clean, free from all pesticide residue and potentially harmful bacteria?
While it may have been an acceptable practice in our grandparents day to simply rinse fresh fruits and vegetables with water, I’m not so sure it’s enough anymore.
Let’s face it the world has changed, the way food is grown has changed. For those of us who get most of our fruits and veggies from the supermarket, we really don’t have a clue on what these foods may have been exposed to.
In today’s post I want to share with you some options on the best ways to naturally clean your fruits and vegetables.
More after the jump…
While I’m a big proponent of buying fruits and veggies locally from farmer’s markets and the such, that’s not always feasible year round. Going organic is a great idea for a lot of foods, but I also understand that this can be an expensive proposition to do across the board, especially for a large family.
Fruits and vegetables with hard skins or outer layers that would be naturally peeled away before consuming pose the least risk. Think along the lines of oranges, pineapples, bananas, etc. On the other hand a lot of your veggies or fruits like berries, apples, and the such where the outer layer would be consumed, need to to be thoroughly cleaned.
The question becomes, how exactly should we be cleaning these fruits and veggies?
The good news is we can use the astringent and anti-bacterial properties from natural sources to assist us in this process.
Here are some of my favorites:
- grapefruit seed extract
- baking soda
- white vinegar
- lemon juice
There’s no need to buy specialized cleaners or spend money on sprays when you can make your own cleaning solution.
The following graphic provides three different solutions for making your own cleaning solution.
Best way to naturally clean fruits and vegetables
I encourage you to pick one of the above and leave a spray bottle on your kitchen counter. Make it a conscious habit of rinsing your fresh fruits and veggies with water first, then proceed to spray them and allow to sit for a minute, then rinse again.
For what it’s worth, I believe this extra step is worth the effort. Since I have no idea what my grapes grown in Chile were exposed to, this additional cleaning process seems like a good idea.
I hope you found this little tip to be helpful.
Shane Doll is a certified Charleston personal trainer, fat loss expert, speaker, and founder of Shaping Concepts Personal Training Studios. He specializes in helping people achieve a body transformation with burst training exercise and whole food nutrition. You can receive a FREE no-obligations trial of his Charleston personal fitness programs and start experiencing the Shaping Concepts difference today.