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05-08-2005, 10:50 PM
I wonder what brand others are using and how they like it. Also, is there something I can make at home perhaps using vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, or other ingredients to wash fresh produce?
Thank you! :)
05-09-2005, 01:49 AM
I think that those are good ingredients ,I think a mix of 3 parts water 1 part vinegar ,1 part lemon juice and a bit of salt or baking soda would work!
05-09-2005, 04:32 AM
well, when I pick them out of my garden, I use nothing, not evern water unless there is some sand on the strawberries, or something, as I think this is how we are supposed to eat the food,
If I buy some produce at the grocery store, I just rinse it off with water, probably because I assume they've had some road dust and dirt on them, except mushrooms, I don't do anything with them, unless there is a big chunk of dirt, then I pick it off.
However, if you want something to rinse with, I would use apple cider vinegar as it is an anti bacterial, anti fungal, and then rinse with water to get the vinegar off.
05-09-2005, 12:43 PM
This is so interesting! I just bought some of that wash at a local store. I'm buying all organic, but in case something is bought that isn't organic, I use the wash.
But is apple cider really an anti bacterial and anti fungal? Wow.
05-09-2005, 02:14 PM
What are the ingredients in one of those washes? Does your product list them? I am interested to find out!
05-09-2005, 02:28 PM
I also use vegetable wash on stuff that isn't organic...I use Nature Clean brand...it's all bio-degradeble and natural...they spray produce with so much stuff nowadays, that I think we need to wash it good
05-09-2005, 07:30 PM
My ingredients say: lime and grapefruit seed extracts, coconut surfactants, cold pressed orange oil and pure filitered water.
05-09-2005, 10:02 PM
Im a MAJOR germ-a-phob after studying those petri dishes in biology
05-09-2005, 11:08 PM
When I followed the fat flush plan, the author recommended Clorox (the name brand) to use as a wash for fruits, vegetables, meats. I forget the exact measurement, but I think I used like a capful of bleach (small amount) to a sink of water. It is recommended by the government to people abroad.
Here's the recipe:
A Clorox bath is most effective and inexpensive for removing bacteria, parasites, pesticides and other contaminants from food. Add a teaspoon of Clorox to one gallon (3.785 litres) of water. Soak leafy vegetables and thin-skinned fruit (berries, plums, peaches, etc.) for 15 minutes; root, thick-skinned or fibrous vegetables and thick-skinned fruits (oranges, bananas, apples) and poultry, fish and eggs for 20 minutes.
Frozen meats (not ground meat) can be thawed in a Clorox bath for about 20 minutes for up to five pounds (2.267 kilograms) of frozen meat. Remove the foods from the Clorox bath, place them in clear water for 10 minutes, and rinse. Dry all foods thoroughly and store. Warning: use only Clorox, and no other brand of bleach, since it does not contain any chlorine.
05-21-2005, 01:24 PM
IMO, I really hope noone tries this clorox method. :eek:
05-22-2005, 07:22 AM
I use "Veggie Wash" says it removes pesticides, waxes, chemicals and soil. Made in USA by Beaumont Products, Inc. in Kannesaw GA.
Contents: water, natural cleaners made from corn and coconut, lemon oil, sodium citrate, glycerin and grapefruit seed extract.
It smells nice! I make a bowl of wash each morning with 4 squirts of this stuff, and water filling a glass loaf pan (no longer use it, so I had to do something with it! Perfect size for asparagus and yellow squash!) about 3/4 of the way.
I also rinse the dirt from veggies like bok choy and celery first, then put it in there and rub and lightly scrub, then rinse again, and BAM - right into my new JLL juicer, and it's GONE in 3 minutes, right into my mouth...Yummy!
And even with my prep, the water does get dirty looking by the end of the day.
I also heard that castile soap (supposed to be made entirely from olive oil, so nothing bad in there) is great for cleaning stuff off veggies and it's food grade. Unlike the regular dish detergent, which contains yukkie stuff.
I checked Dr. Bronner's site for veggie wash, but didn't see any. All their soap is pure castile, I've been using it for 30 years, and my kids (grown now) swear by it. I guess that's a good alternative, too.
I do like the apple cider vinegar and baking soda combo, tho, and when this bottle is gone ($3.99) I'll be making my own. I might even blend it in my Vitamix with grapefruit seeds, since I can't extract them, and some lemon peel, just to make it smell wonderful. We'll experiment, and I'll let you know how it works out.
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