Friday, March 16, 2012

Spotlight on Baking Soda #7: Wash Fruits and Vegetables

I've read claims that veggie wash can remove chemicals from fresh non-organic produce. I'd not really sold on that one, but washing them to remove dirt seems like a good idea. I usually don't wash produce until right before I'm about to eat, but considering the fact that so much produce is sold cleaned, bagged, and chopped, if you have a way to dry it and bag it, you could do lots in advance.

Leafy greens usually need a good cleaning.
  1. Fill a clean sink basin, a large bowl, or stock pot with about a gallon of cold, preferably filtered, water. 
  2. Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda. Let it dissolve.
  3. Add your produce and allow it to soak for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Use a vegetable brush to remove dirt from root veggies.
  5. Rinse, rinse, rinse! 
Olivia Lane is a Blogger, Green Living Educator, and Health Coach trained at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She's also author of Baking Soda & Bliss: The Healthy & Happy Guide to Green Cleaning 
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  1. Huh. I've been using white vinegar/water (1:1); this sounds like a good alternative.



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