DIY Fruit & Veggie Wash


I do our weekly grocery shop on Mondays and always wash the fruit & sometimes veggies when I get home in a sink full of white vinegar & warm water.  Yesterday I posted a photo on social media of the residue left on the apples as even after a 10 minute soak there was an enormous amount of wax left.

apples with wax

All that wax just so that they can look shiny in the supermarket!  Do we really care that much about how shiny our apples are, and oranges, lemons, limes etc for that matter?

Anyway this isn’t a post about going organic but if you are interested my bloggy friend Krissy of Pretty Wee Things has a list of the dirty dozen, the fruit & vege that, if you can, you should buy organic.

Another friend suggested buying your fruit and vege from a farmers market where they may not be organic but won’t be covered in wax either. However if neither organic or farmers markets are an option for you (and if you just want to clean your produce anyway) here’s a cheap and effective way of cleaning your fruit and vegetables at home.

DIY Fruit & Veggie Wash

First of all make sure your sink is clean or use a clean bowl or tub and then fill with warm water so that the produce is covered and 1 C of white vinegar (the cheap kind). Add the fruit/veggies and soak.  Rinse well and dry, I let most air dry but you could pat them with kitchen paper or a tea towel.  It’s as easy as that!

I usually soak apples & citrus for about 10 minutes and blueberries & grapes for 2 – 5 minutes (sitting in a colander so they stay put!).  Strawberries I usually do just before eating them.

You will get the white residue (hopefully not as bad as in the photo above) which means that the wax is mostly dissolved and then you can rub it off with a cloth but it probably won’t all come off.  Even though it doesn’t look shiny any more it’s much cleaner than it was before the soak.

You can use this for most fruits and vegetables just vary your time for thiner or thicker skinned ones.

You can also put this in a spray bottle and spray if you prefer that to soaking.

Vinegar kills bacteria so can help the fruit last longer and if you rinse the fruit & vege well there is no vinegary taste either.

Have you got a DIY tip for cleaning fruit & vege?  What works for you?  Do you care if your apples are shiny or not when you buy them? 




29 comments on “DIY Fruit & Veggie Wash

  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    September 1, 2015 at 7:34 am

    I’d rather have dull apples without chemicals, thank you very much. That photo is just what I needed to start cleaning my fruit properly, clearly a quick rinse isn’t going to cut it!

    • Vicki
      September 1, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      I know, it’s the shock value isn’t I’ve only just started cleaning them properly recently too.

  2. Maxabella
    September 1, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I’m notoriously bad at cleaning our fruit and vegetables. I’m surprised we are all alive and healthy. That said, I find that buying in bulk generally means you don’t get the waxy stuff… boxes or bags of apples, etc.

    And now I’m going to go and wash all our fruit in your recommended wash… guilty! x

    • Vicki
      September 1, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      I’ve only recently started cleaning them this way I used to just give them a rinse but then I noticed the difference between home grown and supermarket and have bought the white vinegar in bulk now!!!

  3. Hugzilla
    September 1, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Oh wow, that’s quite sobering…. I generally do a quick rub and rinse, and clearly that’s probably not good enough! Thanks for sharing this – very eye-opening.

    • Vicki
      September 1, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      Isn’t it! I actually don’t want to think too much about how much wax has been ingested over the years!

  4. Pinky Poinker
    September 1, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    I imagine all the vermin running over them at night too. I’m going to try this method Vicki. Thank you 🙂

    • Vicki
      September 1, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      Eew, you are right, yuck!

  5. stephanie@stephsjoy
    September 1, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    After seeing your pictures, I’m glad i don’t eat much fruit these days.

    • Vicki
      September 2, 2015 at 9:34 am

      It’s a bit scary isn’t it but good to know that you can remove most of it even though it doesn’t leave them looking very shiny!

  6. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    September 2, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I dont do this but I definitely need to!!!! I didnt realise how simple it was!

    • Vicki
      September 2, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      It doesn’t make them look pretty but at least they are clean!

  7. shannon @my2morrows
    September 2, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Wow… we’ll that’s got me off my lazy butt. I usually give a quick rinse but will be more thorough from now on. Thanks V. Xx

    • Vicki
      September 3, 2015 at 9:38 am

      It’s a bit eye opening isn’t it!

  8. Jade @thyme and me
    September 3, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    I love this hot tip! I often go to our local farmers market for our fruit & veg. But for the times that I’m buying from the supermarket I’ll definitely be doing this from now on.

    • Vicki
      September 3, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      I’m going to be searching out the local farmers market when we move that’s for sure!x

  9. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    September 4, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Eek, I’m really slack at washing our fruit and veggie, thanks for giving me a good reminder of why I need to do it.

    • Vicki
      September 5, 2015 at 11:53 pm

      I was too until I tried this experiment and now I give them all a good soak!

  10. Jo @ You had us at hello
    September 4, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Jesus! That’s frightening! I really do need to do the big soak. Im a sook though if they’re bruised. I need them to be just right, but cutting the bad bits off works ok. Thanks for the great tip Vicki x

    • Vicki
      September 5, 2015 at 11:58 pm

      It is isn’t it I wonder how much wax we’ve eaten over the years!

  11. Krissy @ Pretty Wee Things
    September 5, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Such a good idea, and a little scary how much wax is on our apples!

    • Vicki
      September 6, 2015 at 12:05 am

      I bought some other apples from a growers market later this week and did the same soak on them – no wax so no residue. Will definitely be trying for organic or farm fresh from now on! x

  12. Lisa@RandomActsofZen
    September 6, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Isn’t it amazing how much “marketing” our fruit apparently needs? I wash all ours before I pack it away.

    • Vicki
      September 6, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      Crazy isn’t it and I wonder if they actually asked what the customer prefers what answers they would get!!!!

  13. Bec
    September 6, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    I don’t care if they are shiney or not I’d so rather them not have something sprayed on them! I buy organic veggie boxes or go to the markets weekly but I’m super lucky and just love food that much. I do always wash my spinach leaves and then spin dry. Would this work? x

    • Vicki
      September 7, 2015 at 12:41 am

      I think with leaves a quick rinse rather than a soak would be better so that it doesn’t take on the flavour but it should also work.

  14. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    September 8, 2015 at 11:41 am

    i have been so slack with cleaning our fruit and veg but after seeing that photo – man that is going to change! xx

    • Vicki
      September 8, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      Eye opening isn’t it!

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