DIY Fruit and Veggie Cleaner!

in , , by Kristen Woolsey, 6:00 AM
Think about the journey your produce takes before it gets to you. Fruits and veggies get dropped on the floor, squeezed by random people, rolled down the checkout conveyor belt, and then touched again by the cashier. And that's all after it's been put on the shelf! 

I'm not a germaphobe by any means, but it does a world of good to clean our produce before we eat it! One of my favorite reasons is to save money! Clean produce lasts longer, and you are also more likely to eat it if it's clean and easy to grab. 

I find it easiest to clean all of my produce right after I get back from the grocery store. I promise it takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish! 
DIY Fruit and Veggie Cleaner // Pugs & Pearls Blog

When I unload my groceries, I put all the produce that I want to clean out on the counter. I clean almost everything. I don't bother with bananas, because the peel obviously gets discarded. I do, however, wash things with skin that I plan to cut through. The knife can take the dirt/germs down with it into the fruit or vegetable. 

DIY Fruit and Veggie Cleaner // Pugs & Pearls Blog

DIY Fruit and Veggie Cleaner // Pugs & Pearls Blog

Check out the grime and wax on that apple! That's all going to be gone in just a few minutes. Let's make our spray!
To make your spray:
Add the following to a spray bottle:
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 cup of water
Shake, and spray! Leave on for 2 minutes and rinse with water.
I like to spray over the sink, and have my fruit hang out in a colander while it soaks in. Leave the spray on for 2 minutes, or a little longer if really dirty. After you rinse, you are good to go! If a fruit is particularly waxy, you may need to rub it a little.

My spray bottle is from Grove Collaborative! New members get a bunch of free stuff if you use my link to sign up for an account.

DIY Fruit and Veggie Cleaner // Pugs & Pearls Blog
 After!

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DIY Fruit and Veggie Cleaner // Pugs & Pearls Blog
 
DIY Fruit and Veggie Cleaner // Pugs & Pearls Blog

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Check out that before and after!! That is with ZERO scrubbing! This spray brings life back into your produce. It's all natural, so you can feel comfortable using it on your food. I leave my spray in the fridge and you can use it for several grocery trips. 

Leave a comment below if you love natural cleaners! Are you diligent about washing your produce, or are you relaxed about it? 
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