It would be great if we could all harvest our fruits and vegetables from an organic garden free from any type of pollution. Unfortunately most of us still depend to some degree on external sources to provide our food.
For many people it is not possible to buy organic or local produce which means that in many cases the food we buy is contaminated with pesticides or other chemicals from plastic wrapping.
And even if we buy our food from a local organic farmers market, most of the time people touch the food to select the prefered one which can contaminate it.
In any case, it is always important to wash fruits and vegetables, even from the most organic of gardens as there are many types of parasites and bacteria that can be harmful if consumed by humans. Some parasites can be transmitted by slugs and other creatures that have been in contact with the vegetables.
This vegetable and fruit wash is very easy to prepare, it is all natural and environmentally friendly.
- 2 tbsp baking soda (bicarbonate of sodium)
- 4 tbsp apple cider or white vinegar
- 1 tbsp diatomaceous earth food grade (optional)
- 1 tsp castile soap
- 1/2 L distilled/filtered water
- In a jar or bottle of filtered water, add the baking soda, vinegar, diatomaceous earth and castile soap.
- Close the jar and shake the mix for a few seconds.
- Keep the jar closed and at room temperature and avoid exposure to sunlight.
- The wash should last for up to a month.
- To use: Simply add two tbsps of the wash to a bowl of up to 1/2 L water with the veggies and let them soak for 10 minutes. After soaking, rinse the vegetables well using a strainer.