How to make your own fruit and vegetable wash
Indiranagar, Bengaluru Mar 29, 2018
If you are a health-conscious person and follow a healthy lifestyle, then consuming fresh foods and vegetables must rank quite high on 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 form an important part of any healthy and well-balanced diet as most fruits and vegetables are rich in various vitamins and minerals which are extremely important for the healthy functioning of the body. Moreover, fruits and vegetables are also an important source of dietary fiber, which is again a very important part of any healthy diet.
Fruit and Vegetable Wash: Why is it needed?
One important issue regarding fruits and vegetables is that most of the fruits and vegetables available in the market do contain certain amounts of pesticides and insecticides which are sprayed during cultivation. Hence, it is important to properly wash them before consuming to remove these chemicals and pesticides. Consumption of these artificial chemicals can lead to various health problems and hence, it is important to remove them. Moreover, proper washing not only removes the harmful chemicals but also removes bugs and other insects, if present. It is for this precise purpose that fruits and vegetables need to be washed using a proper wash and not just plain water. To help you wash these fruits and vegetables in a thorough manner, many brands have started selling readymade washes which contain various ingredients that remove any chemicals, insecticides, or pesticides present in the item.
Making your own wash:
Although there are fruit and vegetable washes available in the market, you can make yourself one at a dirt-cheap cost. Moreover, the process of making a wash is not at all complex or time-consuming. 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).
- Alternatively, you can also 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.
These are three extremely simple and effective ways by which you can make your own wash at home. Most experts recommend making your wash rather than buying a readymade one as many washes available in the market also contain certain chemicals which are not healthy for consumption.
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. Besides being cheap, these washes can be easily prepared without spending a lot of time and a homemade wash is also devoid of any artificial preservatives or chemicals that the readymade washes may contain. Hence, it is highly recommended that you make your own fruit and vegetable wash at home itself.