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- Mar 29 2018
How to make your own fruit and vegetable wash
If you are a health conscious person and follow a healthy lifestyle, then consuming fresh foods must rank quite high in your priority list. While many food items like grains and cereals can not be consumed in its purest form, when it comes to fruits and vegetables, they certainly can.
Fruits and vegetables available in market do contain certain amounts of pesticides and insecticides which are sprayed during cultivation and therefore it is necessary to properly wash them before consuming. Proper washing not only removes the harmful chemicals, but also removes bugs and other insects, if present. Although there are fruit and vegetable washes available in the market, you can make yourself one at a dirt cheap cost. Here are a few recipes to make the wash:
Mix one part of white vinegar with eight parts of water and add 2 tbsp lemon juice. Spray this mixture on fruits and vegetables, and then wash with running water (you can also add salt in place of lemon juice if needed).
Or you can alternatively mix equal parts of white vinegar with water and spray on the items to clean it.
Or if you do not have white vinegar ready, you can alternatively add baking powder to a cup of water and 1 tbsp lemon juice and make a wash.
Hard skinned vs soft skinned:
Now that you have made the mixture, you must also know the methodology of washing. Hard skinned vegetables and fruits like apples and oranges are better washed by rubbing the mixture on the surface well, and then rinsing. While for soft skin vegetables and fruits like broccoli and tomatoes are better washed by soaking in the wash and then washing under cold running water.
Washing your eatables in the above mentioned mixtures will get rid of all the chemicals and fertilizers in your food as the acetic acid present in vinegar does this work better than just running water. Also, the ingredients mentioned are readily available and are very cheap, so no need to splurge on washes available in supermarket for your hygiene needs.
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