Studies have shown that some herbicides + pesticides commonly found on produce can promote illness. Luckily, this dirt-cheap alternative to a fancy, store-bought wash can drastically reduce our exposure. The acidic nature of vinegar kills bacteria, helps dissolve wax + dramatically reduces pesticide residue found on the skins of many fruits + veggies.  In a 2003 study at the University of Florida, found a 10% vinegar/water mixture, when used to wash produce, reduced bacteria by 90 percent and viruses by about 95%. In addition to vinegar and water you can also add grapefruit seed extract which has been shown to have potent anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and overall disinfecting properties. Eating organic is of course, best – but if that’s not an option, eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating any at all. Use the EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce to reduce your exposures as much as possible.


What You’ll Need:

BPA-Free Spray Bottle




Distilled White Vinegar

10-20 Drops GSE, or Grapefruit Seed Extract (optional)



Buy organic vinegar if it’s available.

Unfortunately, produce often gets dropped on the floor, touched with unwashed hands, is coughed + sneezed on, etc. Many recipes use a dilution of equal parts water + vinegar.



1. Fill a clean spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and water

2. Add GSE (optional)

3. Screw on cap + shake before using

4. For hard-skinned fruits + veggies: spray, rub + rinse.

5. For soft-skinned fruits, veggies + leafy-greens: spray, soak in a bowl with water for a few minutes + rinse.


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