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11-06-2006, 04:09 PM
Just wondered what people are using to wash any non organic produce (or organic for that matter) that they eat?
11-06-2006, 06:16 PM
I only use water for anything I wash that I'm going to eat.
11-06-2006, 11:28 PM
I've heard of soaking it in water with a small bit of food-grade H2O2, but I don't know if that's safe. I tried it a couple times.
I just use water.
H2O2 is safe it just doesn't taste very good - like bleach. The food grade 35% will burn the skin at full strength so care must be taken. It is usually used at 3% as an antiseptic.
11-07-2006, 11:36 AM
I use Shaklee's Basic-H. I love the stuff. It works great. It's completly non-toxic, inexpensive, work's great and is concentrated (to reduce the packaging and waste going into the landfills). Here's the link:
Also, I can get the stuff for 15% cheeper. I usually buy it for my family and get it sent right to them from the supplier so that they can get the discount too. Since everyone on this forum has been soooo helpful to me and such a faithful support, I would be more then happy to buy for someone and just get it shipped straight to their house so that they can get the discount.
11-07-2006, 12:18 PM
There's a wash you can make with cold water, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and salt. If you're interested, let me know and I'll go dig up the exact amounts of each.
11-07-2006, 12:45 PM
Hi Shmoopie could you please give us the recipe. ALso does it work on cuccumbers. Thanks
11-07-2006, 12:51 PM
I just bought FIT spray at whole foods. It is for washing fruits and veggies made from all natural sources. Quick and easy!
11-07-2006, 12:55 PM
im thinking barely warm water in a big pot with a splash of white vinegar to dunk vegis in then rinse with cold water .
11-07-2006, 01:39 PM
I also have been using the FIT fruit and vegetable spray wash.
I can tell you, though, it doesn't work well on porous fruit, like raspberries. They tasted funny after I tried to "wash" them ... LOL ! :)
11-07-2006, 02:29 PM
Fill your sink with cold water (I'd not use my sink...maybe a dish tub), add 4 tablespoons of salt and the juice of a lemon. Soak the fruits and vegetables for 10 minutes and then rinse under cold water. 1/4 cup of white vinegar can be substituted for lemon.
This is good for organics too, for bacteria and parasites.
Mystic...You can use it on cucumbers, yes. :)
11-07-2006, 04:36 PM
Organic: I just use water, or a very diluted H2O2 if I'm really questioning the quality.
Non-organic: Peel it.
I don't buy non-organic though..
Sharon in Colorado
11-07-2006, 04:49 PM
If it is something like grapes or berries which could mean a high pesticide residue, I use a few spritzes of white vinegar or a couple drops of natural dish soap in the water - I slosh it around in a big bowl of water and do 3-4 rinses, and then rinse once again in a big colandar.
If it is something like broccoli, which I've heard has practically no pesticides, I just quickly rinse it under water.
11-07-2006, 06:47 PM
I've tried salt, H2O2, vinegar and now I am trying the grapfruit seed extract that I saw recommended on here. I am not an ingredient specialist but the vegetable spray ingredients looks like a bunch more chemicals to me. I was sad to read the fine print on the grapefruit seed extract informing me that ingestion can be harmful.
11-08-2006, 01:20 PM
Thanks so much Shmoopie. It looks like a really easy recipe to follow cleaning the food that way. Thanks again.
11-08-2006, 09:49 PM
Only recently have I embarked on a partially raw diet... and only recently have I started washing the produce I obtain.
I have eaten a lot of apples and grapes without washing. Never gave it a thought that they may have pesticide residue. Now I shower the apples with water to "hose" 'em off a bit. I guess they also have some kind of wax on them.
I have never washed bagged greens before. I probably won't in the future. However, I just happened to decide to wash some recent purchases of kale... imagine my surprise to see all that grit in the bottom of the bowl of water I sloshed the kale around in!!! I was shocked!
So, that stuff that comes in bunches... I will dunk that stuff and wash it... the stuff that is bagged, well I probably won't.
I buy organic carrots... I still don't know if I should be scrubbing them or peeling them. It seems like there is always some dark spots on carrots that look like just plain dirt.. no matter how much you scrub them.
11-08-2006, 11:17 PM
The book baby greens recommends using organic apple cider vinegar. I get the cheap bottle at trader joe's
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