For those of you that are unable to acquire organic produce due to location or budget, utilizing a vinegar rinse is especially beneficial as it will greatly reduce your toxin exposure. Here is a list that consists of the top fruits and vegetables that you definitely should buy organic. The list also contains the top fruits and vegetables that are okay to buy conventionally grown because of their low requirements of pesticides when cultivated.
How To Produce A Vinegar Rinse
- 1 part vinegar (any kind should work, I usually use organic apple cider vinegar)
- 3 parts clean water
Life Hack Alert!
The Spray Bottle – You can use a spray bottle to spray fruits and vegetables that have smooth skin like apples and cucumbers. After spraying the surface, let it sit for about 10-15 seconds, then rinse with clean water.
Produce that have many crevasses like kale or broccoli should be soaked in a big bowl, pot, or clean sink using clean water. Otherwise, you’ll end up wasting a lot of water as you individually clean within the creases. The whole point of going organic is to live a conscious lifestyle and saving water is a big part of that. You can use tap water if it comes from a clean source; otherwise use distilled or filtered water. Living in New Jersey, I personally don’t trust the municipal tap water so I use my reverse osmosis filter.
Use the ratio above to fill the bowl. Let the produce sit in the vinegar water for 10 seconds or more and then rinse with clean water. The whole process should only take about 30 seconds to a minute, tops. The vinegar recipe above will undoubtedly help with making your produce healthier and cleaner. Try it out and let us know if you have any other suggestions and what you think in the comments below!