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Natural Produce Cleaner

Natural Produce Cleaner

Natural Produce Cleaner

Two Ingredient All Natural Produce Cleaner for a Chemical Free Home

How to rid your home and produce of chemicals and harmful bacteria with a Natural Produce Cleaner.

Hi, Mama! The other day I was at our local health grocer picking up a few items. As I was wandering around the produce section, I saw a line of cute bottles next to the apples. Out of curiosity, I walked over to examine them closer.

Two Ingredient All Natural Produce Cleaner for a Chemical Free Home. How to rid your home and produce of chemicals and harmful bacteria.

Being in the produce section, I needed to know why there were potential household cleaners next to my kids’ favorite organic apples. I picked up the cute bottle to find it was a produce cleaner.
Now I definitely was curious.

What the hell was produce cleaner? Do people really buy this?

I turned the product around and read about the importance of washing your fruits and vegetables. (Duh, right)? Our produce whether conventionally grown or organic is exposed to thousands of chemicals, pesticides, and potential harmful bacterias during the transport from farm to store. (Yes, even organic produce is exposed).

That is why buying directly from your local farm or farmers market is so important. After reading the obvious, I skimmed down to the ingredient list. That’s usually my first go-to, but the packaging and cute information presented on back caught my eye. (They are up on their marketing game, almost fooled me).

Clean Peppers washed with Natural Produce Cleaner

The Ingredients

I was floored. The ingredients list on this produce cleaner was longer than I was willing to read. Top three ingredients were water (of course), Glycerin (vegetable oil), and Cocoglucoside (corn sugar). These properties may not be the worse culprits when it comes to chemical use but they reak a negative impact on your health. Both vegetable oil and corn sugar are known to cause wide systemic inflammation which leads to metabolic syndrome (heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and death.

Scary.
I put the bottle back down where I found it, (since there was no garbage can around), and walked away. Only to question…

Why wash away chemicals with chemicals?


It seems counterproductive and nothing I’d want to expose my children too.

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Cleaning Produce

I bet your wondering, do you not clean your fruit and vegetables before eating them?

Yes and No.

I’ll start with the simple answer, yes. I wash all conventionally grown produce, regardless if the ‘skin’ is edible or not. This also goes for all organic produce with edible skins from the supermarket.

Items I don’t generally wash (but have in the past):

  • Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Oranges

Now to the more complicated no.

Besides the three items listed above when I purchase produce from the local farmers market or co-op, I do not wash them. I will, however, rinse them under lukewarm water if there is an excessive amount of dirt on it.

Homegrown Carrots need Natural Produce Cleaner

The importance of eating (local) dirt

Yes, I’m telling you to eat dirt. I’m not saying make yourself a mud pie, but a few particles of soil can be essential to your optimal health and wellness. I’m in the process of curing my leaky gut and was told to readEat Dirt’ by Dr. Josh Axe.

Um, life-changing!

Not only did he explain the science behind leaky gut and the causes, but he also gives you a plan (with lots of delicious gut healing recipes at the end of the book). Not as good as mine but delightful none the less.


A little bias? Yep.


If you suffer from leaky gut or want to know more about why eating dirt (literally and figuratively) is essential for optimal health, then ‘Eat Dirt’ is a must read. Plus, Dr. Josh Axe can explain the eating dirt process way better than I can summarize.

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Pulled Garlic needs Natural Produce Cleaner

All Natural Cleaner

Since changing my lifestyle a few years ago, I’ve learned the importance of replacing more than the foods I eat. Read more here.

A lifestyle change not only includes getting active, but ditching the chemicals used in, on, and around the house.

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Need help with your lifestyle change? Visit Midwest Primal Health and Wellness to get started with a FREE 30-minute health coaching call. Schedule here.

Besides the gallon of bleach (and a few gallons of paint), you will not find chemicals in our house. We brush our teeth, wash our bodies, and make our own all natural products and cleaners, including this Natural Produce Cleaner.

This Natural Produce Cleaner only requires two ingredients, water (which most everyone has readily available), and white vinegar.

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White Vinegar

White vinegar is comprised of acetic acid (about 5-10%) and water (about 90-95%), which yields a vinegar with an incredibly clean, crisp, sharp taste. Acetic acid is the result of a fermentation process where tons of little microorganisms eat and process alcohol (ethanol), dispensing the tart, pungent liquid we know as vinegar.

Don’t worry your produce will not taste like white vinegar!

White vinegar yields positive health effects than just washing your produce.

  • blood sugar control
  • weight management
  • reduced cholesterol
Clean Broccoli with Natural Produce Cleaner

Natural Produce Cleaner

Two Ingredient All Natural Produce Cleaner for a Chemical Free Home. How to rid your home and produce of chemicals and harmful bacteria.

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Ingredients

Time needed: 5 minutes.

How to make an All Natural Produce Cleaner

  1. Plug sink and fill halfway with lukewarm water

  2. Add one cup white vinegar

  3. Place produce in and let soak for 5-10 minutes

  4. Gently scrub any dirt off with a brush

    (toothbrush, produce brush, or a sponge could work)

  5. Rinse with water

  6. Place produce on a towel or sink rack to dry completely

    (for faster drying time wipe with a towel)

  7. Prep and store produce as desired

Tips & Tricks

  • Keep a bottle of white vinegar under the sink or in your pantry – more times than not you’ll find yourself using this product more than just washing your produce (dressings, pickling, marinades, and baking).
  • Wash, dry, and store all your produce at once. Doing this will save time and make food accessible for little hands to grab.
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See recipe below for exclusive tips, tricks, and modifications.

Clean Cherries by Natural Produce Cleaner

Happy Cleaning!

-Angela


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Natural Produce Cleaner

Two Ingredient All Natural Produce Cleaner for a Chemical Free Home. How to rid your home and produce of chemicals and harmful bacteria.
Author Angela Blanchard, PHC

Ingredients

  • lukewarm water
  • 1 Cup white vinegar

Instructions

  1. Plug sink and fill halfway with lukewarm water
  2. Add one cup white vinegar
  3. Place produce in and let soak for 5-10 minutes
  4. Gently scrub any dirt off with a brush (toothbrush, produce brush, or a sponge could work)

  5. Rinse with water
  6. Place produce on a towel or sink rack to dry completely (for faster drying time wipe with a towel)
  7. Prep and store produce as desired

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