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Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Wash

What You’ll Need

1 tablespoon real lemon juice (preferably fresh squeezed)
3 tablespoons white vinegar
1 cup water
Spray bottle


Pour lemon juice, vinegar and water into spray bottle and give it a good shake to mix the ingredients together. You can double or triple the recipe, but I usually just make one batch at a time to ensure freshness. And remember to label your bottle!

How to Use It

Hard-skinned Produce (apples, tomatoes, citrus, zucchini, etc): Thoroughly spray surface of produce, rub and rinse.

Soft-skinned Produce (peaches, berries, etc.): Thoroughly spray surface of produce. Due to the porous nature of these items, they can absorb the acidity of the lemon juice/vinegar, so you might want to rinse it off quickly.

Produce Soak: For more complicated produce such as lettuce, spinach, grapes, broccoli and cauliflower, make enough solution to fill a large mixing bowl. Place produce in bowl and cover with wash. Let it sit in the soak for 2-5 minutes, remove from soak and rinse well. Remember to pat dry leafy produce to prevent it from becoming soggy.

How it Works

Lemon juice and vinegar are natural disinfectants. Their acidity neutralizes bacteria. Additionally, their acidic properties help dissolve wax on produce such as apples and cucumbers.

A Few Side Notes

Do not use wash on mushrooms, as they are highly absorbent and will take on the flavor of the lemon juice and vinegar.

Remember to thoroughly scrub produce that has come from the ground, such as potatoes and carrots, to remove dirt.

Even if you plan to peel your produce, wash it well first! You don’t want to cross contaminate anything from the skin to what you eat.

 Easy Homemade Cleaning Products

Here is a collection of Easy Homemade Cleaning Products you can use around your house.  Whether you are wanting to go “green” or just wanting to save money on cleaning products, take a look and give it a try!


Vinegar and water in a spray bottle instead of Windex.
Use old newspapers to wipe clean.

Spray with straight vinegar as an after-shower spray that you just leave on. The smell dissipates as soon as it’s dry. Some people add a few drops of essential oils for a nicer scent.  Especially effective for hard water stains, like on the shower curtain. *Do not use on tile and grout as it may eat away the grout.
Scrub with baking soda when you get scum that needs some extra elbow grease.

Straight vinegar in a spray bottle does a fine job cleaning the bowl (double duty for one bottle if you use it in your shower).
Baking soda and lemon juice make a paste for nasty stains.
50/50 hydrogen peroxide and water solution to clean the outside.

To scrub nasty stains (like Comet): use straight baking soda, sometimes with a bit of water. You can keep some in an old Parmesan cheese container under the sink.
Try an old toothbrush to really get stains out of grout and around sinks and faucets!
To sanitize after raw meat or the like in the kitchen, you’ll need two bottles: one with vinegar and one with hydrogen peroxide. Spray separately, one after the other.

Baking soda or salt make the perfect scrub for the stovetop. You’ll be amazed at all it gets out.
Do you have any homemade cleaning products that you love?  Share with us!