Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Money Saving Produce Cleaner

Here's a great tip for cleaning all of those apples you have been snagging at great prices lately.

Instead of buying expensive produce cleaner, try vinegar.  Vinegar is a great germicide and it also helps remove pesticides and waxy residues on fresh produce. 

  • For apples, oranges, lemons and other larger firmer items, put them in the sink as pictured with about a cup of vinegar (I just dump it in, no measuring needed.)  Then add water and let the fruit float around for a while, about 10 minutes.  Rinse off with cold water when done.  You will notice a white waxy residue left on the apples.  This coating is just what's left of the food grade wax that apples are covered with.  You won't taste a difference, I promise.
  • For smaller more fragile items, I fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water.  I put the produce in a colander and just spray the solution all over and rinse. 
  • The kids love to help with both of these tasks and because it's such a natural cleaner, I feel OK about letting them. 


  1. Thanks for this tip!

  2. Thank you for the comment, we hope you find it money saving!

  3. Thank you! The produce wash is so expensive in the store but I hate not being able to remove the wax and other things from my produce.