Fruit and Veggie Washing Tonic

Diluted vinegar is the backbone of this tonic. A touch of baking soda adds a little abrasiveness, but be sure to rinse thoroughly so no residual taste lingers on the food. Double or triple the recipe for bigger jobs.

Note: I don't recommend to use on mushrooms as they will absorb the flavor, which is not so tasty


YIELD: about 1-1/2 pints


3 cups filtered water

3 tablespoons vinegar (white or apple cider)

2 tablespoons baking soda


Mix water, vinegar and baking soda together in a spray bottle or bowl, depending on how you use it.

To Use

Spray Tonic: Spray it on fruits and veggies. Scrub firm fruits like cucumbers, apples, potatoes, especially if you plan to eat the skin (which generally contains bountiful nutrients) Rinse well and carry on.

Dunk Tonic: Dunk, swish and scrub the produce as desired. Put fruit and veggies in a colander or strainer that fits inside the bowl or pot for easy draining and allow you to use the same batch of tonic multiple times.