Every time I'm in Trader Joe's, I see bottles of fruit and vegetable wash sitting in the produce section. I think, "Hmmm...I should buy that, but it's $4.00. I can use lemon juice." But, I never do use lemon juice. I just give my fruits and vegetables a rinse with water.
Well, today I saw the bottles of Environne Fruit and Vegetable Wash again, and decided to try it. I bought a 16 oz. bottle for $4.00. You mix one tablespoon of it with 4 cups of water, and that cleans up to 10 lbs. of produce. You just swish your produce around in the solution for 30 seconds and rinse.
As I was swishing my fruit around in the water, I could actually feel the waxiness change to the slightly bumpy natural feel of the fruit's skin. After I finished washing all of my fruits and vegetables, I realized that the clear solution I had been washing them in had become murky! I was shocked! I called my husband in the kitchen, "Come look at this!" I left the fruit on the counter to dry, and awhile later my husband said, "Wow, the fruit feels a lot different."
That really got me thinking about how much wax, pesticides, and chemicals we are putting into our bodies. Definitely a wake-up call. From now on, I will be taking the extra time to wash my produce. No more rinsing with water.
I would love to know your thoughts on this! Do you use anything besides water to clean your produce?