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Dr. Mercola Fruit and Vegetable Wash -- 16 fl oz


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Dr. Mercola Fruit and Vegetable Wash -- 16 fl oz

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Dr. Mercola Fruit and Vegetable Wash Description

  • Dr. Mercola® Healthy Chef
  • Fruit and Vegetable Wash
  • Significantly More Effective than Water in Removing Pesticides, Wax & Surface Contaminants
  • Inhibits Browning & Helps Keep Produce Fresh
  • Safely Cleans Cutting Surfaces & Utensils
  • Keep Within a Hand's Reach of Food Prep

You always wash your hands before you  eat, but do you effectively wash your food? Take food safety matters into your own hands with Dr. Mercola's Fruit and Vegetable Wash, lab tested and proven to remove unwanted residues.

 

Make it a Habit. Wash vegetables, fruit & herbs thoroughly before enjoying to the fullest. Dr. Mercola's Fruit and Vegetable Wash also helps keep produce fresh and effectively cleans food preparation areas & cutting surfaces, even your hands - an added bonus!

 

Dr. Mercola Healthy Home Fruit and Vegetable Wash...

» Is tasteless, and odorless

» Lifts wax to remove surface pesticide residues and dirt that can carry bacteria from commercially and organically grown produce.

» Is lab tested to kill dangerous E. Coli and Salmonella and E. Coli from food surfaces when used as directed.

» Extends storage life up to 200% longer so your fruits and vegetables stay fresher, crisper longer without browning!

» Cleans countertops, knives, cutting surfaces - and your hands, too while helping to protect against cross-contamination.

» Does not contain alcohol or harsh detergents - just a blend of Kosher Certified, plant and mineral based ingredients.

 

Now you can take control and protect against the dangers of food contaminants and toxic pesticide residues. Effective protection has never been easier.


Directions

Place uncooked foods in a bowl. Shake bottle well. Spray Dr. Mercola's Fruit and Vegetable Wash generously onto all food surface areas and allow to soak for approximately 1-2 minutes. Add clean water and gently agitate foods to release all dirt and particles. Drain water and rinse thoroughly.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Ingredients: Water. citric acid, sodium citrate (derived from citrus fruit), sea salt, vegetable glycerin, calcium ascorbate (antioxidant).
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5 DIY Fruit & Vegetable Washes (Sprays and Soaks You Can Make from All-Natural Ingredients)

We eat fruits and vegetables to keep healthy, which is why clinging chemicals can seem like such a betrayal.

Water and scrubbing can remove some of those pesky pesticides, but they tend to leave traces without some real elbow grease involved. Some people resort to using harsh soaps, but that poses the risk of chemicals being absorbed into our food, while also potentially changing the flavor and introducing artificial fragrances and other ingredients into our diets.

Instead, proper prepping of fruits and vegetables requires a dedicated cleaner that effectively washes without unwanted chemicals.

DIY Fruit and Veggie Wash Being Used to Clean Colander Full of Fresh Asparagus in Marbled White Sink in Modern Kitchen | Vitacost.com/blog

While there are plenty of commercial produce washes available, they can be pricey, and according to the Center for Food Safety, they’re actually not that much more effective than rinsing your fruits and veggies with cold tap water.

All-Natural DIY Natural Fruit and Veggie Wash

With few effective options, it’s up to you to make a fruit and veggie scrub that will keep you safe without adding anything new to the healthiest part of your diet.

With DIY fruit and veggie washes, you can clean away the pesticides, waxes, chemicals and any bugs that might have hitched a ride on your produce. They’re inexpensive, quick to make, easy to use and -- the best part: they’re all-natural!

1. White vinegar + lemon Juice

This simple fruit and veggie wash harnesses the antibacterial power of vinegar and the fresh zest and acidity of lemon juice (also a natural preservative) on your produce.

  • Mix together 2 cups cold water, ½ cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Pour mixture into a spray bottle, spritz onto produce, then let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Scrub away dirt, etc. with a vegetable brush if needed, rinse with water and voila! Your produce is clean and ready to eat.

–> For an extra antioxidant meets antimicrobial kick to your homemade fruit and vegetable wash, add in ½ teaspoon grapefruit seed extract

2. Baking Soda + Lemon Juice

Another great scrubbing solution you probably have sitting inside your pantry is baking soda. It’s a foamy antiseptic alternative to white vinegar, and it’s been shown to be more effective than plain water or a bleach solution at removing pesticide residues on the skin (and even beneath the skin) of apples.

  • Mix together 1 cup cold water, 1 tablespoon baking soda, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
  • Pour into a spray bottle, spritz onto produce, then let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Scrub away dirt, etc. with a vegetable brush if needed, rinse fruit/veggies with water and you’re ready to munch!

3. Apple Cider Vinegar + Water

Apple Cider Vinegar has antimicrobial properties and has been proven to kill harmful bacteria like E. Coli. Although it’s a bit more expensive than white vinegar, you can also use ACV for many other things, like in homemade salad dressings, and even on your hair to promote a healthy scalp!

  • In a basin, mix together 5 cups water and ¼ cup apple cider vinegar.
  • Let produce sit for 5 minutes.
  • Scrub away dirt, etc. with a vegetable brush if needed; rinse with water.

4. Castile Soap + Citrus Essential Oils

Citrus essential oils (lemon, orange, grapefruit, etc.) have the power to cut through and break down petroleum-based products (such as certain pesticides or waxes). And since oil and water don’t play nicely together, castile soap helps carry those oils through water and onto the produce.

  • In a basin, combine 1 teaspoon castile soap, 7 drops citrus essential oil and 1 gallon of water.
  • Let produce sit for 5 minutes.
  • Scrub away dirt, etc. with a vegetable brush if needed, rinse with water and you’ll have sparkling clean fruits and veggies!

5. White Vinegar + Salt

For a more concentrated solution, you can pump up the volume on white vinegar’s bacteria-killing action! The addition of salt also acts as a natural disinfectant, helping to eliminate pesticide residue, as well as drawing out bugs and other impurities.

  • In a basin, mix together 1 cup cold water, 1 cup white vinegar, and 4 tablespoons salt.
  • Let produce soak for 30 minutes.
  • Scrub away dirt, etc. with a vegetable brush if needed, rinse with water and that’s it! 

Keep your fruits and veggies clean and as natural as can be

With these healthy produce wash ideas, you can keep your fruits and vegetables clean -- in the most natural way possible: by using ingredients from earth on ingredients from the earth!

Experiment with these ideas and see which one you like best, and enjoy eating clean – literally!

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