Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Wash

Looking for a homemade fruit and vegetable wash “recipe”? Here is the produce wash I’ve been using for years (actually I share two versions) plus the reason why you should be cleaning your fruits and veggies before you eat them.

homemade fruit and vegetable wash

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Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Wash

Not time to whip up a fruit wash? Check out these tried and true store-bought fruit and vegetable cleaners:

  • Eatcleaner – This is my tried and true storebought fruit and veggie wash. However, it’s not the easiest thing to find in Canada (when I go to the states, I bring it home with me).
  • Honest Company – I just added this to this month’s shipment from Honest. I have heard incredible things about this fruit wash, so I will keep this post updated when it arrives.

Why wash your produce?

Washing fruits and vegetables is so important. I once listened to a podcast that stated that the majority of foodborne illness wasn’t from meat (like a lot of us assume) but from contaminated fruit and vegetables. You want to wash your produce not just to remove pesticides and dirt from the soil but to remove bacteria from the many hands that touch your food

Think about it, you’re at the grocery store and grab an apple but you don’t want that one so you put it down. Now think of all the hands that do that, hands that touched the tissue they used to blow their nose, that touched money, that just used the bathroom and didn’t wash. Many hands touch your fruits and vegetables before they make it to your home. Water isn’t enough either, you need a good fruit and vegetable wash.

How to make fruit and vegetable wash

homemade fruit and vegetable cleaner

I have a few different ways to make homemade fruit and vegetable wash. What version I make depends on what supplies I have on hand at the time.

Fruit and Veggie Wash 1


Essential Oil Vegetable and Fruit Wash


How to wash fruit and vegetables

Simple spray your produce with the cleaner and let it sit for 5 – 10 minutes and rinse.

That’s it, it’s super easy!

TBK’s Pro Tip: If I don’t have fruit and vegetable wash on hand or the produce cleaner bottle handy, I’ll fill my sink with cold water and add some vinegar and a few drops of grapefruit and lemon essential oil. Then I’ll let it sit for 5-10 minutes and rinse.



Once the produce is clean, I think cut what needs to be cut and store in these containers. I love them because any water falls to the bottom and doesn’t touch the fruit/vegetables. This helps your produce last longer and will help you save money in the long run.

TBK’s Pro Tip: When washing soft fruit (like raspberries) I lay them on a towel and let them dry completely before I put them in the fridge.

Once your fruit and vegetables are washed, why not try these recipes?

Do you clean your fruits and vegetables? Share your favorite produce cleaner in the comments below.

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