Kitchen Kapers: DIY Fruit & Veggie Wash

This DIY Fruit and Veggie Wash is a simple way to naturally (and inexpensively) clean your fruit and vegetables. Just one simple ingredient!

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How to Make DIY Fruit & Veggie Wash

DIY Fruit & Veggie Wash

A simple 1 ingredient cleaner!

I have been using this simple 1-ingredient cleaning method to wash my fruit and vegetables for years.  It’s as easy as filling a sink with water and vinegar, then adding your fresh produce to soak.  Inexpensive, easy and effective!  

How do I know my fruit and vegetables are clean?

All you have to do is look at the water.  It’s dirty.  Brownish and with pieces of wax and debris from the produce.

After soaking, why do some of my fruits and vegetables have a white layer on them?

When you get produce from the market it’s always shiny, and the vinegar from this wash dissolves most of that shiny layer, and what you are seeing is just the remnants of that.

Will my fruits and vegetables taste like vinegar?

No.  If you rinse well, there is no vinegar taste.  Even in the berries. 

Let’s talk about berries.

You can use this cleaning method to wash berries as well.  You just can’t let them soak as long as you would apples or oranges.  I will only soak mine for about 5 minutes or so.  Rinse well.

DIY Fruit & Veggie Wash

Fruit and Veggie Wash Tips:

  • Ratio:  Basic cleaning ratio of 1 cup vinegar to 4 cups water.
  • Vinegar:  Use regular white household vinegar.
  • Soaking:  You can make this wash and soak your produce in your clean kitchen sink, or feel free to use a bucket.
  • Scrubbing:  Feel free to lightly scrub your produce with the vinegar/water solution after it has soaked.  This will get rid of any remaining wax and dirt.
  • Rinsing:  Make sure to rinse your produce well after soaking in the vinegar/water solution.
  • Drying:  After rinsing, lay your produce out to dry on a clean tea towel.

DIY Fruit & Veggie Wash

Clean.  Ready to eat fruit and vegetables.


DIY Fruit and Veggie Wash

A sink full of Fruit and Vegetables soaking in a veggie wash

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Basic cleaning ratio of 1 cup vinegar to 4 cups water.


  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 sink filled with lukewarm water


  1. Make sure your sink is very clean.  Or if you wish, use a large clean bucket.
  2. Fill a sink halfway with lukewarm water.
  3. Add 1 cup of white vinegar.
  4. Mix.
  5. Add your fruit. Don’t over fill your sink with fruit.
  6. Soak for about 10 minutes (shorter for berries – about 2 – 5 minutes).
  7. Rinse well.
  8. The Result: Clean fruit.

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this wonderful tip!
    I want my strawberries to be clean before I soak them in one and make chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine’s day.

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