How to make your own vegetable wash

Posted by on October 12, 2011 at 10:01 am.


Buying organic might be the number one way to ensure that the foods purchased are free from pesticides.

The price of organic produce can make it financially impossible for some people to make the purchase.

Spraying your produce with a natural vegetable wash, is a way to clean up some of the pesticides that could work their way into your produce.

If you purchase your produce in stores, you might find that, some of them will have a wax coating.  Using a homemade produce wash is a gentle way to strip the wax off the fruit. Stores carry a variety of vegetable washes. Homemade vegetable washes are cheaper than the store bought vegetable wash, and more effective than water.

Why are vegetable washes effective?

Vinegar contains acetic acid. This acid is effective in killing bacteria, dissolving sprayed on wax, and the pesticide residues.

Homemade veggie wash recipe

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice

Directions for harder skinned produce

  1. Spray fruits and vegetables with your all natural veggie wash Scrub it wash into the skin, rinse with water. Directions for soft skinned produce
  2. Fill a large mixing bowl with equal parts water and vinegar Let set for five minutes
  3. Wash and rinse your fruit

Suggested items to purchase

  1. Vegetable scrub brush to scrub the vegetables with your homemade vegetable wash.
  2. Spray bottle to store your all natural vegetable wash

Storage tips

When not in use, store the natural vegetable wash in the refrigerator, since this will increase the shelf life. Create natural vegetable washes to remove pesticides from produce.

Products that are good for you can, at times, be more expensive. The good news is that many products can be made at home.



  • Jennifer says:

    Thank you so much for this! Great tips! Great home solution for wash! I’m so hungry right now I could eat that whole plate of veggies…just so you know! LOL 🙂
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    Opal Reply:

    Your welcome @Jennifer, A few years ago, I had a natural health site that focused on natural health tips. This was originally posted there. Since I’ve taken that site down, I’ll be re-posting some of the information here. Eventually I’ll open another site. I just don’t have the time — right now to do that.

    I agree, the vegetables pictured can make you hungry.


    Jennifer Reply:

    I remember that site! Looking forward to the posts 🙂 YAY!
    Jennifer recently posted..I Miss DWA – Walking Down Memory Lane…


    Opal Reply:

    @Jennifer, It wasn’t that one. I let this one lapse early this year. The last natural health site had a more technical feel to it. 🙂

    The majority of the articles I wrote there were heavily referenced (just like I do with anything) but the difference was references were included at the end of each post. In my opinion, it gave more credibility. Sure I was an expert, on the topics I covered. It’s still good idea to since references since it adds credibility.
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