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funkymuse
Sunday, March 30, 2008, 8:29pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Veggie Washģ is the all-natural way to remove wax, soil and agricultural chemicals from produce. Because it contains only food-derived ingredients and is never tested on animals, you can enjoy the freshest-tasting fruits and vegetables, along with the peace of mind that comes with using environmentally safe products.

http://www.veggie-wash.com/?gclid=COyly-nVtZICFR2kiQodGW83LA
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This is the one I use.  I really like it.  You only use a little bit to clean a lot.

http://www.bi-o-kleen.com/produce.htm
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That's what I use too, when I have to buy something that's not organic.


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My husband ask me... "why can't you just use bottled lemon juice to clean the vegies?"

Anybody?
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I do it with vinegar diluted in water. I am sure I heard it at the conference in Arizona.




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This is the one I use... http://www.bi-o-kleen.com/produce.htm


Thats the products I like too - But can't get in UK  
Never had a chance to this wash though before I moved.

Sort of a skeptic though on how effective normal food-grade vinegar and/or Lemon juice really works on things that need to be worried about in/on our food though - But I've never gotten to the point of worrying about it either as the new systemic chemicals get into the plant cells and wash/rinse will not remove them.

My vote is that Hydrogen Peroxide would be the better option.
{food-grade H2O2 diluted to 6% - so not the 3% found in the shops}

ALso there has recently been conflicting data on the effectiveness of GSE - But I have not been able to spend the time to ascertain who the naysayers are and/or what /how was actually tested....I still use GSE.


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I use regular natural dish washing liquid. The vegie wash has orange oil in it. My family and I are allergic to it.


I've also read about soaking produce in a mixture of water and 1/2 tsp or is it one? of Clorox only for 15 mins. I don't but any comments?
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My husband ask me... "why can't you just use bottled lemon juice to clean the vegies?"

Anybody?



Sounds good to me. I think that the idea is to remove any concentration of bacteria whatever. I think lemon juice or vinegar would do that.





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Wow.  I've never given that much thought to washing my produce when it's organic.  I just rinse it.  But the thought of the field workers' unwashed hands and what's splashed up from the ground has gotten me thinking.  I grew up with veggies straight out of the garden that we just rinsed (or, if we were in the garden, we just grazed as we walked).  Hm, hm, hm.


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I've also read about soaking produce in a mixture of water and 1/2 tsp or is it one? of Clorox only for 15 mins. I don't but any comments?


Read that link that Lola put up.  
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ALso there has recently been conflicting data on the effectiveness of GSE - But I have not been able to spend the time to ascertain who the naysayers are and/or what /how was actually tested....I still use GSE.


What is GSE?
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I know I should have paid better attention when I saw a program on this very thing.  They did tests washing produce using different types of solutions.

The paying attention part would come in handy right now cause they were really surprised at the results.  If memory serves me correctly, the one using just water had far better results than some of the other solutions used.  Can't remember the other solutions, but bleach was one of them.

Did anyone else catch that program??


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Read that link that Lola put up.  


I think that's over kill. Do one or the other.
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GSE (grapefruit seed extract)


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What is GSE?


Grape Seed Extract.


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I usually wash things like mangoes, tomatoes, etc., by hand in liquid Dr Bronner's soap. I soak greens in the sink with water and 1/4 cup of 3% h202.
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Oops, Lola and I posted two different answers at the same moment.    I'm sure she's right.


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we both are right about the letters

the oil is also abbreviated as grape seed oil GSO

but GSE is from grapefruit......


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In Europe they wash lettuce 3 times. The first wash has a little white vinegar in it to get off the bugs, snails...I'm talking about the salad they bring in from the garden, but it does help fight some bacteria as well!

My friend in Senegal added a Tbsp of liquide bleach to the water due to the bacterias that accumilated in the water the merchants sprayed on their produce. Theyu don't even drink the water in that country!


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GSE is Grapefruit Seed Extract.
In high concentrations essentially works like Lemon oil and stuff like that and as I said there has been naysayers to this..

Bleach is definitely not the way to go for things that you will ingest - though it probably does work....
Funny thing about bleach is that they cannot prove how little is needed to be effective - THerefore no amount of rinsing really getsd rid of it. Found out from brewing how little amounts of bleach are REALLY bad to our insides - But that is another story.

In terms of washing - it is really pointless to worry about getting rid of the "little protein chunks", it is everything else that is more worrisome ie: What really is 'Food Grade Wax' and what actually dissolves it? And the amount of Glyophosphate being sprayed around the planet...


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Oops, Lola and I posted two different answers at the same moment.    I'm sure she's right.


I don't agree. Do one or the other. Too much chemicals are getting on the produce. It's not rocket science.    I personally don't like using bleach because we get enough chlorine in the environment from treated water, etc. we don't need to add more to our diets.
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I don't agree. Do one or the other.


we were talking about GSE and what the abbreviation stands for!!


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we were talking about GSE and what the abbreviation stands for!!


Sorry Lola,  The link to a blog that the person used bleach and then washed the produce again in a detergent. That's what I was referring to  
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Several years ago I picked up an amoeba.  I was miserable for weeks as I tried everything natural to get rid of a "stomach virus".  I lost a lot of weight and was very weak.  I finally went to the doctor, who put me on antibiotics after the lab results came back.  

Because I wash my produce so carefully, I always felt like I got the amoeba at a restaurant.  But after that experience I know that double washing produce is not overkill.  Bleach alone will not break the surface tension and rinse off particles clinging to the produce.  Soap alone will not kill germs.  

I tried grapefruit seed extract and it burned holes in my lettuce and greens.  I prefer tried and true cleaning products that have worked for decades to smartly packaged over priced products with slick advertising campaigns.

If you have a dishwasher, your dishes are washed in soap and bleach.  (open the door during the cycle and you can smell the bleach).  Both are rinsed off and your dishes are clean.  If you rinse your produce thoroughly, it is no more tainted and dangerous than your dishes.


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