Here are 5 simple and dirt-cheap homemade products washes to help keep chemicals out of your food (and also an easy guide to help you).
Summer means that farmers’ markets and fruit stands. (And lots of homemade products wash!)
When I lived in the South, fruit stands were incredibly easy to find. Each route followed to travel to the beach I always knew that my favorite stands were stocked diligently and as we headed to the shore.
Now that I live in the grid system in the Midwest, if I turn north, west, south or east, I find a quaint town with its own farmers market very capricious in their place.
I’m already close to home or on the way to a vacation waterfront always opt for the new variety grown locally on grocery selection. It’s even better if they know who and how it grew as it determines whether or not to buy organic.
The dirty dozen are the worst offenders covered with the residue more pesticides, even after washing Hardy. I do not care to eat pesticides with my fruits and vegetables and I know you either, but can not always afford to buy everything organic. The EWG recommends avoiding the dirty dozen and choose only organic versions.
The Clean 15 is a list that the EWG meets consumers to choose products that have minimal pesticide residues giving the green light to buy nonorganic and save your dollars.
Sometimes we just do not know what in the world could be in our products. Pesticides or bacteria and who knows what else during harvesting and handling can contaminate anything, whether organic or not.
The World Health Organization says:
“Pesticides are known to cause millions of cases of acute poisoning per year, of which at least a million require hospitalization. ”
One of the simplest ways of pesticides and other toxins is enter our body through the food we eat. When washing your product before eating, will help you and your little ones safe keeping.
For these reasons I prefer to wash all my product before consuming or give it to my children to devour!
There are many products on the market washings, but can be expensive and sometimes are not very effective in removing pesticides, waxes and other residues.
Try these 5 simple and inexpensive household products dirt washes dirt that will make food your family.
For products with skin:
distilled white vinegar: Simply soak or spray and let stand before rinsing. I usually let it sit for about 20 minutes to dry completely before storing.
do not like the smell of vinegar? Here you go:
1 tablespoon lemon juice per 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar. This can be used as a bath or spray.
For leafy greens:
1 cup distilled white vinegar 3 cups water in a bowl green leafy vegetables. Soak and then rinse thoroughly and completely dry before storing.
1 cup water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda and lemon juice.
Add salt or essential oils for other recipes:
Add 1 tablespoon salt of any of the above recipes with vinegar. The Journal of Food Protection found that addition of vinegar salt vinegar improves the ability to kill bacteria.
Or add a few drops of essential oils to any of the above recipes. Although they may be more expensive, I make sure to use therapeutic grade essential oils for the highest quality and safety when there is a probability of consumption. Bottles last long and are used for many purposes. My best options essential for washing the product oils are lemon, orange, and a mixture of citrus.
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If buying organic products, make sure the 5 digits PLU begins a 9.
How the product is washed? Do you buy all organic?
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