3 Best (& Natural!) Produce Wash Recipes

By Marilee Nelson |

3 Best (& Natural!) Produce Wash Recipes

With warmer weather comes fresh, locally-grown produce, and we're ALL for that. Whether you get your veggies from the farmer’s market, backyard garden, or local grocery store, rinsing them with Branch Basics ensures you're feeding your family the best nature provides!

Unfortunately, conventionally-grown goods are sprayed with chemical-laden pesticides, so soaking them in BB is of utmost importance as it helps break down harmful chemicals that can hurt our bodies.

Even organically grown produce comes into contact with insects, birds, dirt, pollution, and more, so we suggest giving all of your produce a quick rinse. Here, find how to wash produce with Branch Basics, along with the best natural produce wash recipes you can try with products you have at home. 

1. Branch Basics Produce Wash Recipe

Branch Basics is a great, natural all-purpose cleaner to use around your home, and in the kitchen. Whether you choose to soak or spray your produce, here are the steps we take to making sure produce is squeaky clean with BB:

Soaking method:

  1. Fill up your sink with water and add 1 teaspoon of Branch Basics Concentrate.
  2. Add the fresh produce and let it soak.
  3. After about 10 minutes, take out the produce* and rinse items with clean water.
  4. Let produce air dry on dish towels.
  5. *Make sure to pull the produce out of the water before you drain the sink so it is not re-contaminated by the dirt that has accumulated at the bottom.

    Spray method:

    1. If you don't want to soak your produce, you can also use Branch Basics All-Purpose as a produce spray.
    2. Spray each item of produce with Branch Basics, wait approximately 30 seconds and rinse with clean water.
    3. Let produce air dry on dish towels.

      2. Distilled Vinegar

      A little vinegar can go a long way when it comes to cleaning your home. We suggest using a vinegar soak method to ensure you're hitting all of the nooks and crannies on your produce. Here's how to do it: 

      1. Add vinegar to a bowl, then add your produce 
      2. Let them fully soak for 3-5 minutes 
      3. Strain, then rinse under the sink with cold water 
      4. Let produce air dry on dish towels 

      3. Water

      If you don't have vinegar, baking soda, or a gentle soap like Branch Basics, research shows that water is just as effective at removing bacteria. Simply rinse, scrub, and strain your fruit and veggies under your faucet. Let them air dry on a dish towel, then enjoy! 

      Get Started With Branch Basics Fruit & Vegetable Wash

      A few simple steps can go a long way. Enjoy your summer produce! Say hello to non-toxic cleaning with our Starter Kit, specially made to keep you and your home safe from hazardous cleaning chemicals. Get started with the Trial Kit today. 

      Marilee Nelson

      Marilee Nelson

      Marilee Nelson is an Environmental Toxins expert who has spent nearly 30 years advocating for the chemically-sensitive and chronically-ill. She is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Certified Bau-Biologist and Bau-Biology Inspector and specializes in Food As Medicine. She has helped thousands of families and individuals identify, heal and recover from toxic exposures and is on a mission to revolutionize the way American families view their health.