It's no mystery that we should all wash our produce (organic or non organic) due to some pretty shocking abuse of pesticides (up to 48 different kinds of pesticides have been found on apples grown in the USA) as well as the growth and transference of bacteria on the surface area. So what's the best method for washing produce? Well, after some research, I found several studies (from the University of Maine) that compared the effectiveness of washing your fruit with plain distilled water vs a store-bought produce wash. All three top brands of "produce wash" actually cleaned fruit less effectively than distilled water alone. I'm not really sure why that surprised me, however I have to admit that the feeling of disappointment is one I am still struggling to get used to. It's always my next step to figure out how to take matters into my own capable hands.
Ok, so... I am super excited to share an old-school method with you. (Old school is almost ALWAYS my favorite way to live resourcefully, by the way). Did you know that the lemon is one of the most effective cleansing methods of all time? In tests, the lemon did not only prove to be the most natural and convenient, but also greatly exceeded the use of plain distilled water alone. Guess how many lemons it takes to make a 15ml bottle of lemon oil: approximately 75! Yep, Mary Poppins could pull 75 lemons out of that little bottle. As always, this method is super simple, just how I like it...
Lemon Water Soak:
Fill a large bowl of produce with distilled or purified water (cover the top layer of fruit)
Drop in 5-6 drops of 100% pure therapeutic grade lemon essential oil (approximately 265 drops per 15ml bottle)
Stir the fruit around with your hand or a wooden spoon a few times
Let the fruit soak for 10 minutes
Scrub with a produce-only brush for extra deep cleansing
Then rinse and eat!
Thieves Fruit and Veggie Soak:
Another of my favorite essential-oil and plant-based household products from Young Living is their new Fruit & Veggie Soak. Young Living’s Fruit & Veggie Soak safely and effectively washes produce with the cleansing power of three exclusive essential oil blends—DiGize, Thieves, and Purification. When combined with the other naturally derived ingredients, produce is easily and conveniently cleaned.Just add Thieves Fruit & Veggie to a basin of water: soak, rinse, and enjoy eating your fruits and vegetables as nature intended.