Why choose organic + DIY produce soak
While cost can be a concern when purchasing organic, there is still an affordable way to mitigate the chemicals that linger on our produce.
An easy DIY fruit + veg soak that involves water and vinegar can dissolve chemicals such as pesticides present on the skin of fruits and vegetables. The acid in the vinegar can kill about 98 percent of bacteria.
In a large bowl, you will want to mix ½ cup vinegar and 4 ½ cups of cool filtered water. Soak the fruits and vegetables for up to 5 minutes. Rinse and run water on each item using your clean hands to rub the vegetables and fruits (for produce with firm skin, you can use a vegetable brush to scrub the surface).
Dry and store.
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