Instead of spending money on a produce wash, you can make your own, which has proven to be just as, if not more, effective. According to a study conducted by Cook’s Illustrated, a mixture of three parts water and one part white vinegar removed almost all traces of bacteria, as compared to using water alone.
I filled up a a clean spray bottle with the mixture and started to clean all of my smoother-textured produce, such as apples and potatoes. Just a few spritzes and then a final rinse of clean water. Easy as that.
For fruits and vegetables with an odd shape and/or deeper crevices, like cauliflower and blackberries, you can fill up a large bowl with the mixture and let it sit for a minute or two. Afterwards, dry thoroughly.
Bonus: this vinegar-water mixture helps berries to stay fresher for longer too.
And I continue to be fascinated by the many uses for vinegar (remember this one?).