Cleaner Food

Cleaner Food | Twin Cities Moms Blog

Organic.  Organic.  Organic.  It’s all we hear about.  From the produce at our markets to something as processed as a box of macaroni and cheese.  There is so much research out there; some showing that “organic” doesn’t really matter with regard to our health and others showing the complete opposite.  There’s ‘the dirty dozen’…the dirtiest, highest-in-pesticide foods to avoid.   Theres the ‘clean 15’…the cleanest and safest.  What to buy where, when to buy what and everything in between.  I’m exhausted just thinking about it….and quite frankly…our bank account is sick and tired of spending crazy amounts of money to ensure our food is safe and nutritious!  I’ve researched this topic for so incredibly long and I’m sharing with you my take on it.

The bottom line is that a majority of produce contains some form of pesticides, like it or not, organic or not.  The difference between conventionally farmed food and organically farmed food is that conventional farmers are allowed to use synthetic pesticides, organic are only allowed to use natural.  I could dive right in to the differences between pesticide types and how they affect our health, but I’m going to spare you and just say this:  pesticides are pesticides and I would prefer not to feed them to my family.   Now we all know it is simply necessary for some farmers to use them…that, I understand.  Do I try to buy organic when I am able?  Yes.  Am I always able?  No.  But after all is said and done, how can I ensure the cleanest fruits and veggies possible for my family?   A simple, cheap, ridiculous little solution.  Who knew?

This solution is about the most simple thing ever to throw together.  And research has shown that a vinegar washing solution will reduce up to 98% of bacteria and wax as well.  As for pesticides, they say the most effective way to wash off pesticides is to simply rinse them thoroughly with water.  So, my thought process?  If I can soak or spray them with this simple solution to reduce bacteria and wax that traps in pesticides and then give them an even more thorough rinse after, I’m doing my darn best to provide clean, nourishing food to my loves.

Cleaner Food | Twin Cities Moms Blog

Fruit and Veggie Cleaner

*the simple recipe is one part vinegar to three parts water…so make as much as you’d like.  The recipe below fits just perfectly into my little spray bottle.


1 Cup Water

1/3 Cup Distilled White Vinegar


Combine water and vinegar in a bowl and soak desired amount of fruits and veggies for 10 minutes.  Rinse thoroughly with water.


Combine water and vinegar in a spray bottle.  Spray solution directly onto fruits and veggies and let them sit for 10 minutes.  Rinse thoroughly with water.

Hi friends, it’s Melissa here! Wife to one pretty stinking great guy and mama to three kids that bring me more joy, love and caffeine cravings than I knew was humanly possible! I love a good workout, broken in clothes and Autumn. But being in the kitchen with my kiddos trumps it all; creating, exploring and getting messy. I believe there is an infinite amount of value in sharing a meal around the table with the people we love, and I hope I can keep that a constant in our home forever. Most of the time you can find me blogging over at, and I’m thrilled to be back here connecting with all of you at TCMB!


  1. It’s great to bring more attention to this subject. However I would like to add that in actuality, systemic pesticides are chemicals that are actually absorbed by a plant when applied to seeds, soil, or leaves. They cannot be washed off or reduced. They become part of the plants DNA so to speak. Conventional Strawberries are a prime example. So if the pesticides worry you, skip the conventional strawberries all together. Go for organic. There are a couple organic and 100% chemical/pesticide free straeberry farms in MN.

    A good option for your pocketbook are the farmers markets. Since you cut out the middle man (the store), you save a lot of money. And it’s a super enjoyable time with the family as well.

    • Hi Shelly..thank you for you comment. As I said in the article, I chose not to to touch on the different kinds of pesticides because there is just SO much information out there…my goal was to share my thoughts on keeping my families food as clean as I am able. Thank you for bringing your input to the table…it is much appreciated and great information! And as for the farmers markets…I couldn’t agree more!

    • Hi Laura! Shockingly I have never had the solution change the taste of my produce. I think there is just enough water in there to dilute it…and the vinegar taste washes right off after you rinse your goods 🙂 Thanks for the note!


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