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Hey there fruit and leaf lovin’ friend!

Do you ever ask yourself, “Do I really have to wash my fruit and veggies?”

If you’re like me, maybe your produce just takes a dip under the faucet for five seconds. We call that the ‘wam, bam thank you ma’am quick rinse’ — don’t feel ashamed — I’ve been guilty of buying a basket of strawberries and snacking on them right away– especially if it’s organic.

Whether you buy organic or not– it’s important to get the germs and chemical residues off of your produce. You can’t just rinse them, you gotta soak + scrub ’em. So, we thought we would give you two suggestions to help clean your fruits and veggies!

 

1) Use a homemade produce wash.

Lindsey Johnson, founder of Café Johnsonia, has a simple and inexpensive recipe for produce cleaner that is all natural and contains mostly common household ingredients–check it out on her website! Below is a brief description on how to make the wash and use it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon organic lemon juice
  • 10 drops grapefruit seed extract
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar

Directions:

  • Mix ingredients together in a pitcher.
  • Spray onto produce when you bring it home, let it sit for 5-10 minutes, and rinse well.
  • Store fruits normally.
  • Don’t use mixture for leafy greens. Just use white vinegar and plenty of water to rinse.

Read the full article for all the tips and tricks on using this homemade wash!

 

2) Buy a produce wash.

We’re excited to share with you how to wash your produce with help from  The Honest Company! Their biodegradable fruit + veggie wash really gives you squeaky clean produce.

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We were on the hunt for an organic and simple fruit and veggie wash that would make our green smoothie lifestyle easy. The Honest Company sent us their products to test out and we liked ’em:

  • 100% non-toxic Fruit + Veggie Wash Spray
  • Eco-friendly (and adorable) bamboo dish brush
  • 100% organic cotton dish towels

All of it is bright, beautiful and high-quality, but also all natural and safe for plant-based cleaning. It’s time to say hasta la vista to waxy fruit layered in pesticides, bacteria, toxins and unwanted chemical gunk. Let’s get started!

 

How to properly wash spinach

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For lettuces and other leafy greens, you want to wash with plenty of water and pat them dry.

1. Place your leafy greens in a colander
2. Wash with white vinegar + plenty of water
(we avoid using our veggie wash on delicate greens like spinach, baby greens, and butter lettuce)
3. Rinse well

TIP: Say goodbye to soggy, spoiled leafy greens! To keep your leafy greens fresher longer, store them in you fridge in an airtight container placed between paper towels. Or freeze them in a freezer-safe bag (yup, you can freeze your leafy greens).

 

How to properly wash strawberries

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Place your strawberries in a colander and rinse water over them (don’t fully submerge them in water).

1. Place your strawberries in a colander
2. Spray with fruit + veggie wash generously
3. Rinse well with water

These delicate berries need a little extra lovin’ to prevent mold, so they last longer. Honest spray helps do just that. Rinse berries right before you’re ready to eat them.

 

How to really wash an apple

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These can be the waxiest of the bunch and since the skin is so full or fiber, you want to scrub these little guys.

1. Spray with fruit + veggie wash generously and let sit for 1-2 minutes
2. Scrub well with bristle brush (we like this one)
3. Rinse well with water

 

How to get squeaky clean carrots

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Root veggies that grow in the ground, like carrots, need an extra scrub to remove excess dirt or hard-to-remove microbes.

1. Spray with fruit + veggie wash generously and let sit for 1-2 minutes
2. Scrub well with bristle kitchen brush
3. Rinse well with water

 

How to properly wash potatoes

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Whether you peel your potatoes or keep the skin on, you want to still wash them well. Even if you’re removing the skin, an unwashed potato can transfer bacteria from the outside of the potato onto the peeled veggie. The same goes for any fruits and veggies that you’re slicing.

1. Spray with fruit + veggie wash generously and let sit for 1-2 minutes
2. Scrub well with bristle brush
3. Rinse well with water
4. Pat dry with a towel (aren’t these ones cute too!)

 

If pesticides don’t scare you, think about all of the different hands that have picked it up your produce and put it down at the grocery store or Farmer’s Market! Yikes!

 

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  1. Angelina

    September 10th, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    I also use the vinegar method, I pour about 1/8 c vinegar into a bowl, fill w fruit and water and watch the gunk float to the top of the water. The fruit tastes better and lastes longer. Berries are the exception. Berries should be refrigerated w a paper towel (to absorb moisture) and washed before eating. You can still do the vinegar method w a quick dunk and rinse. berries should not be submerged for long as they will turn to discolored mush.

  2. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    September 11th, 2014 at 5:39 am

    Thanks Angelina for sharing. Great tips. 🙂

  3. Rebecca

    March 5th, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Great tips!! but what about mushrooms??

  4. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 6th, 2015 at 9:52 am

    We wash those as well. 🙂

  5. April

    March 5th, 2015 at 11:59 am

    The beauty of growing leafy greens and veggies inside is that they don’t need washing! (Unless you’ve got dirty picking or pruning hands.)

    The ones that come from your own backyard garden need rinsing, but I don’t fear a little bit of dirt and microbes from an organic grow.

    But from the store, definitely a good wash. For me, I look at the apple that’s fallen on the floor that gets picked up and put back in the bin…the ones I selected could’ve had the same fate!

  6. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 6th, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Hey April!

    Thanks for the comment. I am starting my first organic garden this year, these are great tips. 🙂

  7. Diana

    March 6th, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    I live in Mexico, where tap water isn’t known to be the best quality. Is it safe to rinse veggies and fruits like this here? I’m concerned about the strawberries “do not fully submerge” as it is the method I use and I just don’t feel it’s cysticercus free until a 15 mins bath and some time at the freezer. I’m pregnant and reaaaally worried about bacteria and stuff.

  8. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 9th, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Hey Diana,

    Thanks for reaching out. I would speak to your health care provider to see what they suggest is best during pregnancy and water.

  9. Susannah

    June 30th, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Where can you find grapefruit seed extract? I can’t find it anywhere.

  10. SGS Rawkstar

    June 30th, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Hi Susannah,

    Thanks for reaching out! You can buy Grape Seed Extract online and it is also available in health food stores or places like Whole Foods. It might even be available at pharmacies.

  11. Holly

    September 30th, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    You said you were on the hunt for a simple way to wash your produce…

    Have you tried Norwex products to wash your fruit and veggies ? They have an amazing Fruit and Veggie scrub cloth (rough on one side, smooth on the other for scrubbing or polishing off wax) and have just recently launched their Fresh Wash into Australia.

  12. SGS Rawkstar

    October 1st, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Hi Holly,

    Thank you so much for sharing! We’re always looking for great + simple ways to get our fruits + veggies clean!

    Cheers 🙂

  13. Jane

    October 18th, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Hi there,
    First of all thanks so much for your wonderful website and tips. I finally got into the green smoothie habit (even though the fruit sugar is a little too much for me sometimes) and love it.
    I was very curious to read about your wash the greens sections and had the same question as

    CJ 3.5.2015 at 9:59 am #
    Is it necessary to wash packaged greens and salads that tout tripled wash?

    I’m not sure I can find the answer, sorry if I overlooked it!
    I’ve just purchased a week’s supply at Costco, those huge boxes with apparently ‘triple washed’ greens and was a bout to freeze them in packages. One is organic, one is not (I know I know I should have known better…)Should I better wash them both to be safe?
    Thank you! 🙂

  14. SGS Rawkstar

    October 19th, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Hi Jane,

    Thanks for blendin’ with us! Even if the packaging says your greens have been pre-washed, we still suggest washing them yourself!

    Too much natural sugar in your green smoothie? Try turning our Simple Green Smoothie Formula on it’s head! Instead of blending 3 cups fruit to 2 cups leafy greens, blend 2 cups fruit + 3 cups leafy greens. Or swap in a low-sugar fruit option!

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/low-sugar-fruits

    Cheers 🙂

  15. Toni

    September 1st, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Interesting that you illustrate washing greens with the produce wash, but right under the recipe, it says not to use it on leafy greens!

  16. SGS Rawkstar

    September 1st, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Hi Toni,

    Great catch! That was our mistake. We don’t suggest using our veggie wash on delicate greens like spinach, butter lettuces, and baby greens, but it can be used on sturdier greens like kale, collards, cabbage, and Bok choy.

    Ps. We definitely want to make sure we’re sharing the correct information with our community.Thanks again for pointing that out, we’ve updated our blog post!

  17. Ann

    January 13th, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Can this produce spray be kept at room temp?

  18. SGS Rawkstar

    January 18th, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Hi Ann,

    Definitely! I keep it right next to my kitchen sink, so it’s always close by!

  19. Michelle

    January 1st, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Here is a great fruit and veggie wash: Add 1/4 cup 3% Food grade hydrogen peroxide to a sink full of cold water. Soak light vegetables (lettuce, etc.) 15 minutes. Thicker skinned fruits and vegetables (cucumbers, apples etc.) for 20 minutes. Drain and dry ( they will keep longer too). Alternatively, you can spray the fruits and vegetables with straight 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (food grade), let stand for 5-10 minutes, rinse and dry.

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