Simple All-Natural Fruit & Veggie Spray Wash

Distilled white vinegar is great for cleaning fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as, many other surfaces because it is non-toxic, biodegradable, and considered an earth friendly cleaning ingredient. Vinegar can remove bacteria, pesticide residue, water scale, and other germs commonly associated with storing fresh fruits and vegetables for extended periods of time.

Here is a brief backstory to explain why this simple all-natural fruit and veggie spray wash became a staple in our household some time ago. To make a long story short, we were shopping at the local supermarket and I will keep the company name anonymous, but while we were picking out some fresh fruits and vegetables we noticed the produce associate wiping down some apples, oranges, and other produce when we observed him going from the fruits straight to the vegetables. Nothing out of the ordinary for the most part.

What was out of the ordinary was that he was using the same rag to wipe the edges and shelves of the display bins. In disbelief we stood there for a minute and watched him spray and wipe the dusty-dirty ledges with the same rag he was wiping the produce with. We were stunned. When my wife approached him and kindly whispered that she thought that might not be a good idea, he looked at her with a scowl and replied “we do this all the time.” Well that was all she had to hear. Quite simply, yeah it was game. She reported him to the manager and we never shopped there again. She has since passed away and we are still using her spray wash on all of our fresh fruits and vegetables.

Ingredients
  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Kosher Salt or Ground Sea Salt
  • Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice (remove seeds)
  • Warm Tap Water
Preparation
  • First, take a clean standard 32 fl. oz. spray bottle and add one teaspoon of coarse ground sea salt or kosher salt to the empty bottle.
  • Next, add 2 1/2 cups (20 oz) of warm tap warm and shake vigorously to dissolve salt, once the salt is dissolved add 2 tablespoons of fresh seedless lemon juice.
  • Then add 1 1/4 cups (10 oz) of distilled white vinegar.
  • Finally, close top hand tight and shake the bottle for a few seconds to evenly mix the ingredients in the bottle. Now it’s ready to use.
Application Instructions

Place a strainer in the sink and apply a generous mist to your fruits and/or vegetables. Allow spray wash to settle for a few minutes, roughly 3 minutes is perfect. Rinse under cold tap water or with sink hose to remove any residue which the spray wash may have loosened. Then wipe/dry with a paper towel or clean rag and you will instantly see a brightness to the coloration of your fruit or vegetable indicating the item is clean and ready to consume.

Note: you may store the bottle in the refrigerator if you wish

Distilled white vinegar is great for cleaning fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as, many other surfaces because it is non-toxic, biodegradable, and considered an earth friendly cleaning ingredient. Vinegar can remove bacteria, pesticide residue, water scale, and other germs commonly associated with storing fresh fruits and vegetables for extended periods of time.

Bye Bye 2019, Welcome 2020

Happy New Year everyone. Not sure about anyone else, but I am personally glad to see the new year arrive and if yesterday and today are any sort of foreshadowing to what is ahead, I am excited.

For me last year was what I would term the equivalent of my beloved New York Rangersโ€™ ongoing rebuild, it was up and down, up, and down, and filled with highs and lows. Although last year got off to a rough start when only five days in to the New Year my oldest son and I had a falling out that literally lasted till just about three and a half hours ago when we finally exchanged text messages for the first time in nearly a year, I canโ€™t tell you how that has instantly made the start of 2020 way better than 2019 for me.

We have a rather unusual family dynamic in that all of my children are now over twenty years old, all of them either go to school or have working lives in different states across the U.S., and each of them are so very unique in their own way, and I love them so much for that because it epitomizes who I am times a thousand percent.

My oldest is going to be twenty-seven this year and my youngest will be twenty-one, I have daughters at the top and bottom with two boys in the middle. The boys will be twenty-four and twenty-one this year, and they are my fire as they are both Aries born counter to me being a Pisces. Uniquely all of my kids are born in March with the exception of my youngest daughter who is my earthy Taurus, and characteristically fitting since in her own way she has a very particular way of asserting her beliefs when she wants to. Geographically our lives are so far apart with one in Tennessee, one in New York, one in Florida, and one with me here in Texas. Even though that can be problematic at times we do the best we can under the circumstances.

Since I fervently refuse to regress into the lows of 2019, some of the highlights of 2019 include my youngest daughter making a successful transition from community college to the university life as she is now entering her second full semester at a very reputable college in NY. Her counterpart, my youngest son, graduated with his associate in applied science degree back in May and is now ready to begin his third semester in pursuit of his bachelorโ€™s degree in criminal justice here in Texas. My oldest two are true worker bees as my daughter in Tennessee tells me that she is sometimes working upwards of fifty hours a week at her job where she is content to work among her favorite people, pets. While my second oldest, my son in Florida, is now running his own business and as I have recently learned, he is doing exceptionally well.

It is not easy being a single parent, and even harder being a single parent from a distance but I am so very proud of each of them as they have each done it all on their own terms, and with little if any help from me at all outside of the moral support they might ask for from time to time.