Homemade Fruit and Vegetables Disinfectant

Fruits and vegetables are part of our daily food. Whether we buy them from a supermarket or the farmer’s market, they contain traces of soil, chemical fertilizers and bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli that can cause death.

From wanting to disinfect as far as it is possible bio or organic solutions containing natural substances appeared on the market which eliminate most of the impurities found in plant fibers. But of course, these solutions are not found in stores that will offer them at low cost.

So I wanted to take this opportunity and share two very simple disinfectant solutions to home make, with few ingredients which are on hand to everyone.


Disinfectant solution for fruits and vegetables

– 1 cup water
– 1 cup white wine vinegar
– 1 table spoon baking soda
– 1 / 2 teaspoon lemon juice

Or another mix is

– 1 cup water
– 1 cup white wine vinegar
– Juice of one lemon
– A few drops of tea tree essential oil (tea tree)

Prepare either one by mixing ingredients thoroughly in a glass and then putting the end result in a spray bottle. Shake before using.
Spray the solution on fruits and vegetables, and rub gently in your hands for 10-15 seconds.
Rinse with water.

Stay healthy everyone ;)


11 Responses to “Homemade Fruit and Vegetables Disinfectant”

  1. really good recipe, have to try it with all the fruits and vegetables i eat :D or @ least try :P

  2. Love it – naturally!

  3. Natural disinfectants are always better in our house, there’s also similar recipes for natural cleaners too

    • Ever since I discovered them, natural products are my first choice for anything and they’re usually better than the products filled with chemicals…

      I know about the natural cleaners too, I’ll post about those as well another week.
      Thanks for dropping by :)

  4. FABulous!!! I saw a list somewhere that told about which fruits and vegetables are the worst when it comes to the amount of pesticides on them….the only one that I remember is apples, and they were the worst. I just can’t afford to buy the ready-made fruit and vegetable disinfectants, and I think that natural is better anyway. Another awesome post and product, Estrella. Thank you, dear.

    • I know what you mean Dani, I couldn’t be able to afford buying the ready-made stuff either even if it is my health I’m protecting. But this is all natural and a great alternative (price-vise and health-vise!)
      I remember a list like that too, so after you mentioned it I looked it up for everyone who stops by to see:

      Some fruit and vegetables have more pesticide residues than others.
      Buying organic is a great way to go – but availability and price factors put many people off.

      The following 12 produce items have the highest pesticide residue.

      Bell peppers (green and red)
      Spinach (tied with number 2)
      Cherries (grown in the United States)
      Peaches (grown in Chile)
      Cantaloupe (grown in Mexico)
      Green beans

      I believe that the health benefits from eating fruits and vegetables don’t always outweigh the risks from ingesting the pesticides on them. So wash them with the homemade disinfectant I featured in my post :)

      (Washing and peeling can also significantly reduce pesticide levels. Buying locally grown and in-season also helps as produce is often treated (with fungicides) to increase shelf-life and for long-distance distribution.)

  5. This is truly great, just tried it yesterday! :)

  6. This is great, thanks!

  7. Just read The Joy of All Natural Cleaning Products. Will have to blog soon about some natural cleaning product recipes I usually use.


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