Make Your Own Organic Fruit Wash

How clean are the fruits and vegetables you eat? Unless you pick your food straight from the farm, your food is likely more dirty than you think.

In addition to pesticide treatment made while food is still “on the vine”, fruits and vegetables you buy at a grocery are often coated in wax to preserve their “shelf life”; and you can never know how much dirt your food has rolled in.

Even organic foods are handled multiple times on the way to the grocery store. They may be pesticide-free, but they’re not dirt-free or free from human handling.

This is why we wash fruits and vegetables before consumption — to wash off dirt. But, there are extra precautions you can take to make sure your food is truly “clean”.

One such method is to use a make-it-yourself, organic fruit wash. The recipe is basic and simple. All you need is a large, lidded pitcher for mixing, some everyday foods, and a spray bottle.

  1. In the large pitcher, pour 1 cup of water, 1 cup of white vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
  2. Add 25 drops of grapefruit seed extract. If you can’t find this at your local grocery, check with a natural food store or specialty store.
  3. Mix ingredients in the pitcher, and pour into a spray bottle

That’s it.

Then, when you’re ready to clean fruits and vegetables, use your homemade spray wash and coat the food liberally. Let the food stand for 5 minutes, then rinse the spray wash from the food in the sink.

Expect dirt to roll off fruit and vegetables surfaces and for the spray’s vinegar component to neutralize pesticides. You’ll be left with cleaner, healthier natural foods.

To make the fruit wash should take less than 5 minutes. Each batch should last one month, depending on the amount of fruits and vegetables you consume.

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Dirty Fruit? Consider this Organic Recipe.

How clean is the fruit that the Atlanta Home Inspector eats? Have you stopped to wonder how many have handled the fruits and vegetables from the market? The only way to know how clean your fruits and veggies are, is to home grow and organically clean them. As busy as home inspectors in Atlanta are these days, time becomes an issue for growing your own produce.

By coating fruits and vegetables with wax, the grocery can keep the itmes stocked longer. Also consider the pesticides used on your produce while they are still growing. Even organic produce, which is free of harmful pesticides, they are still passed through several hands on the way to the market.

Make your own organic fruit washWashing your vegetables and fruit in water might not be enough to eliminate the germs. Another option to consider is making your own organic fruit wash. Atlanta Home Inspections  has not tried this recipe yet, let us know what you think!

Here is what you will need:  a large pitcher, 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 TBs of baking soda, 25 drops of grapefruit seed extract, 1 spray bottle. Note: this recipe will make enough wash to last for 1 month.

First:  pour the cup of water, white vinegar and baking soda in a large pitcher

Second: add 25 drops of grapefruit seed extract

Third:  mix and pour into spray bottle.

Now you are ready to spray. Spray the wash, coating food, let it stand for at least 5 minutes before rinsing, then run water over the fruit.

You might just be surprised at the dirt and chemicals that wash from the fruit.

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What Other Task Can You Think of That Takes Less Than Five Minutes?

Keep a clean air filter

Clean air in your home is important because it promotes better health.  Nobody wants to be coughing and sneezing – especially if it is preventable by simply replacing your home’s air filters! How long has it been since you changed the air filters in your home?

The Atlanta Home Inspection team suggests that you set up a schedule for replacing your air filters.  By setting   a schedule that coincides with other home maintenance you are more likely to remember the task.  By replacing them at least once every three months, you will benefit. If you have pets or your home is in a dusty region then a monthly filter change might be more beneficial.

Trapping and removing dust particles from the air you are breathing and replacing it with clean air circulation is the job of an air filter. Changing air filters is among the easier do-it-yourself chores. What other task can you think of that takes less than five minutes?  The secondary benefit of doing it is that new filters help keep your HVAC unit in tip-top shape.

Here’s how to change your home’s air filter :

  1. Open the air filter compartment door/slider on your HVAC unit.
  2. Note the size of your current filter. It’s typically written on the frame.
  3. Note the direction in which the filter is pointing. There may be an arrow on its frame.
  4. Purchase a new filter at a hardware store. Make sure the sizes matches the size from Step 2.
  5. Remove the old filter.
  6. Replace old filter with the newly purchased one from Step 4. Make sure the arrow is pointing in the same direction as the original filter’s arrow.
  7. Using a marker, note the date of filter change on the side of the filter.
  8. Close the air filter compartment door/slider.

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When you find a filter type and style that you like, consider buying them in bulk — it can be helpful to have extra air filters laying around the home for when you need them — especially during season changes when you may want to replace filters more frequently.

In addition, when purchasing air filters, don’t opt for the cheapest available. Often, the least expensive filters allow large particles to recirculate through the HVAC unit, and back in to your home. Choose a middle- or top-line product instead.

Your home and your health will thank you.

Do us a favor if you or someone you know is about to buy that perfect home, please recommend us to them. When you find your dream home, make sure that you get a thorough home inspection in Atlanta, GA from the home inspector Atlanta, GA, David & Bonnie Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, they serve Atlanta and all of North Georgia. Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We won’t let you buy the money pit.  You can also schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online.  We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time.  Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website.