Fruit and Veggie Wash Recipe!
Fruit and Veggie Wash is easy to make and effectively removes dirt, pesticides, chemicals, and insect residue from fruits and vegetables. The only ingredients are water, natural soap, and vinegar. Use unscented natural soap, such as Pallas Athene Soap's Pure Soap, which is available in the Handmade Natural Soap store. Natural soap contains only saponified olive and vegetable oils. Cleansing bars, detergent bars, and facial bars often contain harsh chemicals, artificial colorants, and synthetic fragrances. Only use natural soap to make Fruit and Veggie Wash!
- 1 tablespoon grated Pure Soap
- 1 tablespoon vinegar (distilled white vinegar or organic apple cider vinegar are recommended)
- 16 ounces filtered or distilled water (room temperature)
- method of grating soap (such as a food processor, food chopper, cheese grater, or potato peeler)
- measuring cup
- measuring spoon (tablespoon)
- 24-ounce drinking glass or container
- mixing spoon that will reach to the bottom of the drinking glass or container
- small strainer
- 24-ounce spray bottle
Step 1: Grate 1 Tablespoon of Soap.
To attain 1 tablespoon of grated soap, either use a cheese grater to grate the soap in the same manner used to grate cheese (cheese grater is the preferred method) -OR- use a potato peeler to peel shaved curls of soap from the edges of the bar -OR- use a knife to cut a 1-inch cube from the bar and place the cube into a food processor or electric food chopper. If using a food processor or electric food chopper, regularly pause the machine and check the motor temperature to avoid overheating the electric motor.
Step 2: Dissolve the Soap into 16 Ounces of Water and Add 1 Tablespoon of Vinegar.
Use a measuring cup to measure 16 ounces of room-temperature filtered or distilled water. Pour the 16 ounces of water into a drinking glass or container. Use a measuring spoon to measure one level tablespoon of grated soap. Add the tablespoon of soap to the 16 ounces of warm water. Stir with a spoon every 10 or 15 minutes until the soap is completely dissolved, which may take up to an hour. If soap solution is in a drinking glass, do not allow anyone to mistakenly drink the soapy water. When soap is dissolved, add 1 tablespoon of vinegar and stir again.
Step 3: Strain the Soapy Vinegar Water into a Spray Bottle.
Open the spray bottle by removing the nozzle. Place a funnel into the bottle opening. Stir the container of soapy vinegar water. Use one hand to hold a strainer over the funnel and the other hand to slowly pour the soapy vinegar water so the soapy vinegar water runs through the strainer, through the funnel, and into the spray bottle. The strainer is needed to remove any un-dissolved pieces of soap and any foreign particles that may clog the sprayer. Replace the spray nozzle. Store spray bottle of Fruit and Veggie Wash solution away from heat and light.
Directions for Use of Fruit and Veggie Wash:
Place fruits and vegetables into a clean sink or colander. Mist fruits and vegetables with Fruit and Veggie Wash from spray bottle. Allow the Fruit and Veggie Wash to remain on the fruits and vegetables for a few minutes. If fruits and vegetables are excessively dirty, use a sponge or cloth to gently wash the fruits and vegetables. Re-spray with Fruit and Veggie Wash, if needed. Thoroughly rinse fruits and vegetables with clean cool water. This natural Fruit and Veggie Wash will effectively remove mineral-based pesticide and fertilizer dust, surface chemical residue, manure dust, organic excrements (such as rodent urine, insect feces, and snail excrement), insect eggs, insect larva, and garden soil. Solution will last at least three months when stored away from heat and light.
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