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5 Cheap Fruit and Veggie Wash Ideas

Don’t you hate it when you get those annoying fruit flies around your house? Well, fruit flies’ eggs get a free ride into your house from the grocery store or farmers market. (And it doesn’t matter if the fruit is organic or not). And when they hatch, the larvae can feed on wet or moist surfaces, where they lay more eggs, up to 500 at a time. And NOT just on your fruit. The best way to get rid of them, is to make sure those eggs don’t hatch in the first place. You can find veggie and fruit wash in most produce sections of your market, but it usually costs between $7-$10.

Not very savvy if you ask me.

So here’s 5 ways to wash your fruits and veggies more economically:

  1. Wash the veggies in a colander in the sink with a little baking soda and a nailbrush and dry.
  2. Spray the veggies with vinegar and dry
  3. Put a few drops of liquid castille soap into a small spray bottle full of water. (This works really well on citrus fruits and bananas)
  4. Mix 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice and 2 Tablespoons of baking soda with 1 cup of water and spray on produce  (that one is from
  5. I also use my homemade liquid dishwashing detergent diluted with water to wash them

PLUS: All of the above help to wash away those yucky surface pesticides that they use on fruits too.

There ya go.

You CAN have your fruit and eat it too!

  • How do you wash your fruit and veggies?
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12 thoughts on “5 Cheap Fruit and Veggie Wash Ideas

  1. afrikanlatina

    I despise those little things! I can’t express it enough. They are so annoying. Last summer we went out and bought all this fruit and before we cut it up it was sitting on the counter. The next morning I come downstairs and immediately have to start swatting them. It also helps to pour baking soda down the drains too(this is where they tend to breed). The ACV worked to get rid of them for us as well. Great post my dear sis!

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  6. florentino lucido

    i do my own liquid and powder detergent for my laundry and sell also. for extra strength of this soap i add some vinegar and table salt

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