Q: I try to buy organic produce when it makes sense (the dirty dozen) and when I can find it, but I can't always find the few fruits and vegetables that my picky two year old will eat in organic. Rather than have her miss out on fresh produce, I will buy traditional if I can't get organic. What I'm wondering is, are the fruit and vegetable washes I see for sale worth buying? Do they remove more chemicals and pesticides from traditional produce than washing in water alone?
A: When it comes down to it, purchasing expensive produce spray is really not necessary for clean fruits and veggies. You can make your own version at home for way less money using items you likely already have in your pantry. In a clean spray bottle, combine 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of distilled vinegar and 1 cup of water. Give your produce a thorough spray down, then rinse under cold water.