Produce Wash: Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide

Do you wonder if your current method of cleaning fruits and vegetables is removing dirt and bacteria?  Many people simply wash the produce with water, but I have found a very helpful combination to clean our produce – it is vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.


For the past 3 years, we have been effectively spraying our items with hydrogen peroxide and vinegar.  This is a very inexpensive solution.

How do you get started? 

  1. Plain white or apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle.
  2. You need three percent hydrogen peroxide  in a brown bottle

The hydrogen peroxide needs to be in a dark bottle.  You can buy it in a dark spray bottle and refill it.

Light can cause the hydrogen peroxide to  decompose and the peroxide will bubble out oxygen and pressurize the container and split it open at worst and at best it will lose it’s power of disinfection.

Its time to  get that bacteria and dirt off of your produce!

  1. Spray the vegetables or fruit  with both the vinegar and the hydrogen peroxide.
  2. Rinse with water
  3. (It doesn’t matter which you use first – you  can spray with the vinegar then the hydrogen peroxide, or with the hydrogen peroxide followed with the vinegar.)Do not mix hydrogen peroxide and vinegar in a container together  or there may be a chemical reaction or even more exciting an explosion!1 veggie washIt really is that easy!    Click here for this article that includes more information: “The best results came from using one mist right after the other – it is 10 times more effective than using either spray by itself and more effective than mixing the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide in one sprayer.”
  • Inexpensive – you can purchase a large bottle and screw on the top of a spray bottle
  • Quick and Easy – keep the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide at the sink and its handy
  • No after taste – None at all! 
  • Small children can clean produce – all of my children were able to clean the produce as early as 5 years old



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