PLEASE – Remove the wax on Apples – Here’s why.
Try this DIY veggie and fruit wash. There are certain vegetables and fruits I will ONLY buy organic. One of which is Apples because of the wax they use to preserve them. I’ve read that the wax itself is safe BUT the danger is in the pesticides trapped under it.
I found this interesting video, you may be surprised at what you see. I actually did an experiment today with my organic apples. There was a little wax on them so I was shocked. I do rub them dry after I wash them which definitely helps. Below are a few cleaning suggestions to help get rid of that nasty wax.
DIY RECIPES FOR VEGETABLE AND FRUIT WASH
Veggie and Fruit Wash
Using a large bowl, add your fruits and vegetables and add 1 part vinegar and 3 parts warm water. Room temperature is best for your soft skinned fruits and veggies so you don’t shock them. The pours can open and they can take in some of the dirty water and pesticides you’re trying to get rid of. Vinegar has shown to remove 98% of contaminants.
Let soak 10 minutes and then air or rub dry.
Veggie and Fruit Spray Wash
In a BPA free spray bottle add 2 Tbsp White Vinegar, 1 Tbsp Lemon juice and 1 cup water. Shake.
Put your vegetable and fruits in a colander and spray them with the mixture. Let them sit for about 5 minutes then rinse.
Both these homemade recipes will remove the wax and pesticides. If you’re not sure which works better, try the test shown in the video by running boiling water over the apple and let it cool. I did this and it didn’t ruin the apple at all, just makes it a little less colorful because the wax is gone.
Remember to use on all vegetables which are waxed, such as cucumbers. If you’re buying organic and not sure about your water supply, use filtered or purified water. We have well water and have it tested so we know it’s very good. But we’ve all seen the stories about Flint Michigan and right here in the Poconos where some are having problems with their city water so be sure you’re not dirtying those veggies & fruits again
You can also buy Vegetable and Fruit wash but be sure to read the label and that it doesn’t contain chemicals. You don’t want to spend money on organic only to make them dirty again with chemicals in your water.