Cleaning Produce the Natural Way

>> Thursday, August 14, 2014

We all know that a lot of store-bought produce is covered in pesticides and other chemicals. Even organics aren't immune to some nasty stuff, and when foods come straight from the ground -- there's still dirt to contend with. Thankfully, there's an easy solution that costs only pennies. That's right! You don't need those bottles of mass-produced produce wash to eat clean -- quite literally!

I'll be the first to admit that I didn't always give much thought to washing my fruits and vegetables. I used to grab an apple for lunch and then buff it on my shirt sleeve. Now that I have a hungry toddler running around, I certainly have changed my tune. And this process is so simple, it's really become quite automatic.

Note: For greens and berries I follow a different method. I'll be sure to cover that another day.


I used to think I needed to wash all my produce in bulk before putting everything in the fridge, but I've since read that washing before storage can promote bacterial growth. So, I wash as I use and cook. As far as what: I tend to wash notoriously dirty fruits and veggies more than others. Carrots and parsnips are obvious choices. Potatoes can get quite funky. Apples, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, etc.

You know, the heartier stuff. Oh, and be sure to inspect your foods to look for signs of spoilage -- mold, etc. -- weed out the bad and keep the good.


Make sure your kitchen sink is clean or place a large bowl/basin down and fill it with cold tap water. Toss whatever you wish to wash inside. If I have really dirty fruit and veggies, I also toss in (up to) a quarter cup of vinegar for good measure.

A splash will do for smaller loads.


On my list of Castile Soap Uses, I divulged that we use castile in our foaming hand wash dispensers. (It works beautifully!) We also use it to clean veggies, but if a whole bottle isn't nearby, I squirt a few foaming squirt-fuls into my soaking dish and mix around. Then I let the whole thing soak for a few minutes, maybe 5 total.

That's really all it takes to help dissolve the dirt and grime.


I then rinse everything quickly with some fresh water (to get the soap and vinegar off, etc.) and take a damp tea towel and scrub my veggies until they are as clean as I can get them. I sometimes use a toothbrush on potatoes. And just wait till you see what I used these delicious local carrots in -- a yellow split pea soup!

So delicious . . .

Does this look like your produce-washing process?

Have you always taken time to wash your fruits and veggies?

Like what you just read? Browse more of our posts + recipes on Pinterest. You can subscribe to the feed of these posts or follow us on Twitter or Facebook to be the first to know what the (never home)makers are up to. And we’ll love you forever!

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

About This Blog Registered & Protected

© 2009-2014 by the (never home)makers
All content on this blog is copyrighted.

Want to publish our pics, tips, or tricks?
Contact us! []

We value transparency. Links on this page may contain affiliates. In addition, please see our disclosure policy regarding sponsored posts.

  © Blogger template Simple n' Sweet by 2009

Back to TOP  

Blogging tips