One thing I like to do as soon as I get home from grocery shopping is clean all of my fruits and vegetables at once. That way they’re not only all ready to use, but they also seem to last longer.
This simple vinegar wash is good for almost all of them (except my lettuces – go here to learn how to wash and store lettuce to help it last much longer.) I use it for all my apples, oranges, grapes, lemons, avacado, berries, etc. – basically everything with a skin that I’m either going to bite into or cut through.
To get started, you’ll need a large mixing bowl. I’ve seen other sites telling you to fill your sink with water, but unless you just finished scrubbing and rinsing it out really really good, I wouldn’t recommend it! I know you might think your sink stays relatively clean, what with all the sudsy water always swishing around in there, but no. It’s pretty germy.
So get your bowl, pour in 6 cups water, 2 cups white vinegar, and add about 10 drops of lemon essential oil (make sure it’s therapeutic grade and not the type typically used in aromatherapy.) Add your fruits and veggies and let them soak for about 20 minutes, swishing them around from time to time. Next just rinse them off really well and lay them out on paper towels to air dry.
Now you’re ready to get them ready for storage. For room temperature fruits I like to use a big fruit bowl, but if you’re short on counter space a hanging basket is perfect. For berries and grapes and such, the ones that should be refrigerated, just line some bowls with paper towels and set them in there. Or you can even wash out the containers they came in, line those with paper towels, and reuse them for storage.