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Good News Frugal Folk January 20, 2010

Filed under: organic food,organic products,save money,shopping — MindfulMerchant @ 11:41 am


Jakes 009 I am trying to put more thought into the food I buy, how to save money and eat healthier. Fruit & vegetable washes call out to me every time I see them in the store. I stop short of buying them because I am not sure if they actually work and they are expensive. Recently Meanie left a comment after the post “Are Organics Fuelling my Lottery Addiction?”  She asked if produce wash is worth trying since organic produce is so costly. This inspired me to stop wondering and do some investigating. Here is what I learned…


I could not find a study proving conclusively that using fruit & vegetable wash is the most effective way to remove pesticides, insecticides, wax, bacteria and dirt from produce. Every article claims regular tap water and a good ‘ol scrub is an equally effective way to clean food. That is great news for us frugal folk!


Do not worry if you use produce washes, there were no studies (that I found) indicating they were harmful either. If you like using them, another money saving option is to make your own using lemon juice, water and baking soda.


I did learn a few things about cleaning produce that I never considered. Do you wash your bananas?  How about corn on the cob before peeling?  I never do but this article claims we should be washing everything since potentially hundreds of people have touched your food before you pick it up.  Yummy thought.  If you are interested here is the link to more produce washing information.


You might be happy to know this is my last “greenwashing” post for a now. Trying to tie produce wash and washing fruit into…oh heck…I am running out of steam.  Now off to wash bananas…



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7 Responses to “Good News Frugal Folk”

  1. i wash bananas:)…thanks for the post

  2. XUP Says:

    I wash everything – several times. I think those produce washes are hooey, too. I have a vegetable washing tub/bowl which I fill with water with a bit of sea salt added. I let it sit for a few minutes and then scrub and/or rinse at least twice. The salt has the added benefit of being anti-bacterial and killing any little wormies or bugs – especially in organic produce. Nothing like watching those green worms floating out of your broccoli! (PS: Sea salt and water also makes a very good mouthwash — much less harmful than the alcohol based commercial ones.)

  3. The sea salt/bowl idea sounds good. I am going to try – thanks. Um…how common are green worms in broccoli? Better yet…don’t tell me.

  4. XUP Says:

    I’ve never seen green worms in store-bought broccoli — only the stuff that’s local off the farm or organic broccoli. In the case of local organic broccoli there are ALWAYS at least a couple of worms — they’re exactly the same colour as broccoli so you wouldn’t even notice if you’ve eaten some in the past.

  5. meanie Says:

    cool! thanks!
    i have to say though, after spraying green grapes with my cleaning stuff, then soaking them, it turns my stomach to see the colour of the water change….so dirty ! i’m going to try the sea salt wash tonight.

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