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How to Clean Produce (Fruits and Vegetables) Easy Household Cleaning Ideas – Clean My Space

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In this video, cleaning expert, Melissa Maker, shows how to wash produce in a quick and effective way using an eco-friendly, homemade produce wash. Produce has pesticides and other unfriendly grime, so this is how to wash produce properly and safely.

Thomas asked: Is there a cheaper way to clean my produce properly?

Answer:

What you need-
1) Fruits and vegetables
2) 2 tablespoons of baking soda
3) 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
4) 1 cup of water
5) spray bottle
6) Strainer
7) funnel (optional)

Shelf life: 2 weeks

In the spray bottle, pour the lemon juice, baking soda and water. Shake it up and set the spray bottle to mist. Put the fruits and vegetables into the strainer and douse using the spray bottle over a sink. Let the produce sit for a few minutes, then rinse with cold water. Allow the produce to air dry in the strainer and enjoy!

Did you know? Lemon juice acts as a natural disinfectant, while baking soda provides the fine grit needed to clean everything off the surface of your produce.

FYI: Thick-skinned fruit like an orange or banana don’t need to be washed since you don’t eat the skin. Thin skinned fruits and vegetables like an apple, grape or tomato should be washed before eating.

 

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42 thoughts on “How to Clean Produce (Fruits and Vegetables) Easy Household Cleaning Ideas – Clean My Space

  1. i love your video on Hydrogen Peroxide7 tips, It would be nice if you re-do this video like that one. I love your energy! and tips! thank you.

  2. So happy to see your growth as a U-tuber….your quality is so much better now! Love you!

  3. hi mellisa …i am your big fan …
    I have one query for how long we can use this solution after preparation…

    lots of love and luck

  4. I like the intro… this does fit, just not the background when the video is playing. It makes me want to pull my hair out! LOL. It actually sounds like the music is being played backwards.

  5. Wow I was wondering where the music was coming from since it was very distracting. It doesn’t fit with your theme of cleaning my space and it actually practically drowns out your voice. Also the video is very dark.

  6. how can u clean strawberry

  7. music is distracting

  8. I wash all skins. Fruits carry mold. Even if you don’t eat the skin on fruit, say like cantaloupe, the mold gets carried into the fruit when you cut it. Won’t hurt most people but those with mold allergies like my children. This from our allergist.

  9. i just recently searching properly cleaning fruits, everyone is putting all this trouble and time in cleaning it, really? i would never think ppl would spent that much time. i just use my dish washing soap, then rinse it in not cold water from the tap.

    1. +kryptocide It’s not much trouble to take the time to make your own produce wash because you’re washing away dirt/pesticides instead of rinsing.

  10. Orrrrrrrr…….. You could take cold water and rinse it for about a minute in a half. Then dry with paper towel… So if you want it the easy then go my way.

    1. +Kynna Cass You’re just rinsing your produce and still eating dirt/pesticides that’s on the produce… her method cleans it.

  11. Could you wash spinach and leafy foods with this and would it get rid of parasites too

  12. instead of using spray method(as it needs number of times to spray all over the bunch of grapes) can i put the mixture in a bowl, dip in the fruit once and keep it aside for washing, and keep the bowl of solution for later use as well

  13. How to prepare a disinfectant for bathroom surface which can be used daily as Spary and wipe off method.

  14. Your hot

  15. btw I always keep an old spice shaker mixed with baking soda and cinnamon. I use it in scrubbing my sink, would be good here too (like when you added more to the apple). It also smells great and cinnamon has supposed anti yeast or anti fungal, viral, microbial or bacterial properties so there’s added yayness. I sprinkle it on my dishes when I’m washing.

  16. Can you sub vinegar?

    1. +Amanda Biddle I just use vinegar & water to soak my lettuce and the creepy crawly things are swimming on top. From what I read, this is a good practice and it only requires a little vinegar (1/4 C per gallon) to remove dirt and bugs.

  17. Oh my.. I tried this recipe and worked like magic . Amazing … thank you for this. Bless you.

  18. i would take you on a date. being smart and sexy, it makes you perfect.

  19. I thought the baking soda is to alkaline the water and it also kills most pathogens on contact.

    1. Hmmmm at my work we use some major harsh chemicals, both alkaline and acidic, and we have baking soda at every eye wash station and sink because they said it was a neutralizer. So if it was too extreme you would add it to remove the burn, which is why it works on thinks like jellyfish,bee and nettle stings. 

  20. Best to use background music that doesn’t have voices or singing in it. I found it distracting to what you were saying.

    1. I can’t stand to listen to the video. The background music is horrible.

  21. can you do a video on packing toiletries organizing drawers and cutting food

  22. All fruit and vegetables should be washed before eating! Even if you don’t eat the outer peel, pesticides and bacteria can get into the fruit when you are peeling it. I take no chances.

  23. I watched an episode of ‘The Shopping Bags’ the other day and they did a test on produce with pesticides using soap and water, vinegar, produce washes and just plain water. They washed the fruit with the different things and had them tested for pesticides in a lab. The one washed with just plain old water actually had the least amount of pesticides left on it. I was very surprised.

  24. what about cauliflower, lettuce or cabbage?

  25. Thanks , I don’t know

  26. A lot of people I know rinse/soak the chicken in lemon juice and then rise off with water (just use the concentrated one in a bottle because you’ll be throwing it away anyways)

  27. Great .how can we get rid of the bad smell of chicken befor cooking

  28. What about adding vinegar? You need to redo this video with your super duper production techniques.

  29. You’ve got a very sexy voice.

  30. I can’t believe pre-mixing lemon juice and baking soda with water leaves you with any better cleaner than salt water. Plus they’ll fizz up in the bottle, tending to bubble over & make a mess when you mix them. How can the baking soda provide any grit once it (1) dissolves in lemon juice & water and (2) comes thru a sprayer?

  31. do you have to wait for a couple minute before u rinse it because other method i also learn which you soaked the fruit inbaking soda and lemon juice you should wait for 10 monutes…and how do i store the homemade solution…

  32. I actually found that tomatos, apples, cucumbers and those sort of thing can be washed with a drop of dish detergent. I don’t buy grapes or berries that much b/c I didn’t feel like plain water was good enough, but now I can use your method. I still wash oranges and lemons b/c you’re toughing the outside and transferring the germs and bacteria to the inside. (Yes I’m diagnoced ocd – _-)

  33. Thanks now I juice w/ confidence. Do the same methods of cleaning apply to every piece of produce?

  34. Thank you for your respond.

  35. Does this kind of cleaning reduce or remove the pesticides?

  36. good advice. thanks. funny how you knew my answer would be “no” to the difference in the grapes =)

  37. Why do cucumbers feel greasy before you rinse them? Is it the pesticides?

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