My Journey to a Chemical Free Lifestyle: DIY Veggie Wash

One of the joys of growing your own food is that you can control what you put in the soil and on your plants. At my home we are trying to grow our food as organically as possible.

Maybe you don’t have the time or place to grow your own garden. If that is the case, food at the local farmer’s market is a wonderful place to buy your produce. You are buying food that is grown locally and most of the time you get to meet the people who grew it. This allows you to ask questions about whether or not they use pesticides. The best part, to me, is that the food is usually picked fresh that day and isn’t sprayed with any waxy substance. 

If you can’t grow your own food or purchase your produce at a local farmer’s market, you are probably purchasing your produce at a supermarket. It is usually spayed with a waxy substance to make the produce last longer. It also usually has a little PLU sticker on it. The PLU number that starts with a 9 means the item is organic. If it begins with a 3 or a 4 means the produce is probably conventionally grown.

Whether you grow your own food, buy it at a local farmer’s market or supermarket, the first thing you should do is wash it before you eat it. Today, I want to share a do it yourself veggie wash.

As I shared in my post (Aiming for a Healthier Lifestyle-Sharing Meals), my personal research about eating healthier, lead me to contradicting information and left me very confused. One day in my confusion I sought my answer not in articles but in prayer. How do I know what I should eat? I felt my answer was clear. My little way to healthier eating was to eat what God created. Over the last few years I have trying to get my home as chemical free as possible. This also has lead me back to what God created. Instead of chemicals my home is filled with essential oils. My personal research has lead me to choose Young Living Essential Oils.

So as you might have figured out, one of the ingredients I use to make my veggie wash is lemon vitality essential oil. Other oils you can try are orange, grapefruit and thieves. I like to first give my fruits or veggies a quick rinse with fresh water. Then I fill my sink with water and add the fruit or vegetables, making sure the water covers them. Next, I add 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar ( you can use white distilled vinegar instead) and 8-10 drops of your lemon essential oil. Let the produce soak for a few minutes, then remove, rinse and dry.

I suggest that you make and keep a glass bottle (don’t use plastic bottles with essential oils) filled with veggie spray for the times when you only have to wash a couple of items. Into a 4 ounce glass bottle add 2 ounces of distilled water, 2 ounces of vinegar (apple cider or white distilled) and 5 drops of lemon vitality essential oil. When needed, shake the bottle, spray the produce and then rinse.

I highly recommend that you begin replacing the harmful chemicals in your home with essential oils. It has been easy and very rewarding for me. After switching to essential oils and making many of my own products, I have noticed wonderful changes in me and my family’s health. If you feel you want to take a step toward a chemical free lifestyle, just leave me a message below and I would be happy to help you get a premium starter kit.

–Penny

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only. I do not diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you are suffering from any disease, illness, or injury, it is your responsibility to consult with your physician. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.

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