i was reading through Re-Nest today (part of the Apartment Therapy blog family)and i found a DIY Fruit and Veggie wash that i thought would be good to pass on. Fruits and veggies should always be a big part of your everyday diet...no matter where you buy your produce you should always give it a good wash (especially if you buy your produce at the grocery store). Waxes and other preservative coatings are sprayed on your produce prior to them being stocked at your store. While they most likely wont harm you, its just a good idea to give your fruits and veggies a good wash.
1 cup water
1 cup distilled white vinegar
1 tablespoon baking soda
20 drops grapefruit seed extract (available at Whole Foods or your local health food store or you can substitute lemon juice in a pinch)
Combine all ingredients in a large container. Then, transfer to a spray bottle with a pump. Spray mixture on produce (avoid using on mushrooms), let sit 5 to 10 minutes and rinse.
Alternative (good for berries, beans and smaller produce)
Large bowl or sink of cool water
4 tablespoons salt
Juice of 1/2 lemon.
Combine water and salt. When salt has dissolved, add lemon juice. Soak produce for 10 minutes and rinse.