How to Clean Fruits & Vegetables With Lemon Juice


You should always wash your fruits and vegetables before you eat them, even if you plan to peel them. They should even be washed if they came from your own garden. Non-organically grown produce may contain residual pesticides on their skin that can be transferred to your hands or mouth. Home-grown fruits and vegetables potentially carry harmful bacteria that can make you sick. To make sure that your produce is safe, clean it with a lemon juice solution. The acid it contains effectively removes dirt, pesticides and bacteria.

Step 1

Rinse your fruits and vegetables off under a running tap. Rub the flesh with your hands to loosen any dirt.

Step 2

Mix a solution of 1 part vinegar, 1 part lemon juice and 3 parts water in a large bowl.

Step 3

Immerse the fruits and vegetables in the solution; allow them to sit for 2 minutes.

Step 4

Remove the fruits and vegetables from the solution. Scrub them with a vegetable brush.

Step 5

Rinse the fruits and vegetables off under the tap.

Step 6

Dry the produce with a clean, lint-free towel or a paper towel.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Vegetable brush
  • Lint-free or paper towel


  • National Public Radio: What does it Take to Clean Fresh Food
  • Colorado State University: A Closer Look at Produce Washes
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