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Tip of the Day: Cleaning Vegetables Without Store-Bought Washes

2009-03-04 (Source - Food News)

Some feel running veggies under water is enough to clean them. There are even specials vegetable washes available at the supermarket for cleaning them. So really, what is the best way to wash produce?

Hartford, Connecticut (CaymanMama.com) ­Fresh produce is so healthy for the body that proper care and cleaning of them is essential to wash away any pesticides.

In trying to take a natural approach to handling food, some feel running veggies under water is enough to clean them. There are even specials vegetable washes available at the supermarket for cleaning them. So really, what is the best way to wash produce?

It may sound strange, but the old fashioned mixture of water and white vinegar does the job perfectly. A few squirts of the water/vinegar mixture on fruits and vegetables gets rid of the nasty pesticide residue that can harm the body.

Homemade vinegar rinses are earth-friendly, are easy to make, cost only pennies per bottle, and they avert the need to purchase unnecessary products.

In fact, a diluted vinegar rinse kills 98% of bacteria on produce. Researchers have found that a water/vinegar rinse works even better than a scrub brush.

How to make your fruit and veggie rinse: Mix water to white vinegar 3:1 in an empty, clean spray bottle. Rinse with water after you spray produce. Easy as that!

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