Zero waste produce wash doesn’t have to be complicated to make. I’ve seen a lot of DIY produce wash recipes online that leave me scratching my head. There are so many elaborate recipes out there that require several ingredients. But who wants to spend time making a long, drawn out produce wash when they could just use one ingredient and be done with it? Today, I’m going to show you exactly how I wash my produce. I only use one ingredient and it works like a charm. Now, if you purchase your food pesticide free and organic, you don’t necessarily have to use anything but water to wash your produce off. However, this produce wash is so simple that you may want to use it just to air on the safe side. I do recommend washing produce that files under the Dirty Dozen list. I’ll explain which produce items fall under that category in a moment. Without further ado, here’s how to make zero waste produce wash.
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Why should I use zero waste produce wash?
Conventional produce tends to be grown with pesticides. Simply put, it’s harmful and unhealthy to ingest pesticides. Using a produce wash can help wash off any pesticide residue that may be lingering on your food.
Which produce items should I wash?
According to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Dirty Dozen list, there are 12 produce items that have the most pesticides on them. Their order matters too. The top of the list has the most pesticides, while the bottom of the list has the least (but still enough to be concerning). Check it out for yourself:
12. Sweet bell peppers
Zero waste produce wash
So, now that you know the reason why washing your produce is so important, are you ready to learn how I wash mine? It’s so simple, you’ll honestly wish you knew this life hack sooner. Ready for this?
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- Place all the produce you would like to wash in a big bowl. Fill it with water. Add the baking soda, mixing it in with a spoon or your hands a bit. Then, let the produce soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain the produce from the water, give it a quick rinse, and use as you like.
Are you going to give this zero waste produce wash a try?
For more zero waste kitchen tips and tricks, check out my zero waste alternatives to plastic wrap or my zero waste lunch essentials.
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