Make your own fruit, vegetable cleaner for pennies

PHOENIX - We all want to stay healthy, be smart with our money and protect our family. So of course you want to feed your family fruits and vegetables. You also want your produce to be free from pesticides and bacteria.

When it comes to cleaning your produce, how do you do it the right and without breaking the bank?

It's simple! You don't need to buy those produce cleaners. They cost a lot when compared to water and vinegar, which can do the same job of cleaning your produce and for a lot less. Plus, you know exactly what is in your household producer cleaner.

I usually wash mine before I put them away so it makes it easier to grab and eat. However, it may not last as long.  You can also clean as you eat your fruits and vegetables.

CLEAN FRUIT WITH WATER AND VINEGAR

My preference is to simply use vinegar and water. Before you do that, wash your hands, sink and fruit bowl. I usually fill my sink with enough water to cover the produce. Then I put in a ½ cup of distilled vinegar.

So it is three or four parts water to one part vinegar. Then I let the produce soak for about five minutes. Then I rinse it off and then make sure the produce is dry before putting them back in the fridge or in the fruit bowl.  If you prefer not to soak your produce use a spray bottle. That is just as effective.

USE A SPRAY BOTTLE

Take an empty clean spray bottle pour in two tablespoons of vinegar and one cup of water. Once you do that you can spray away the dirt, spray your produce and then rinse it off with water.

Now you have no excuses not to eat those vegetables.

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