I truly believe they are better for your family and their health, and we try to eat them as much as possible--but sometimes the price of organic produce is just ridiculous! : ) Not always, but a lot of times...
My husband and I have decided that it is worth the investment to purchase mostly organic, particularly the Dirty Dozen that Lauren featured in a past post... We shop the sales at our local health food stores, buy locally, and have our own garden as well. All of this helps the cost--but if it is impossible to buy something organic--I'd like to share with you a quick, simple, and cheap recipe for cleaning your produce that can help remove some of the bad stuff.
This recipe was provided to me by Denise Cross, who also believes strongly in the dangerous effects of pesticides and chemicals to our bodies (you can see her guest post here).
Basic Fruit and Veggie Wash
1 c. of Distilled White Vinegar
1 c. of Water
1/2 Lemon, juiced
1 Tbs. of Baking Soda
10-15 drops of GSE (Grape Seed Extract), optional
Put all of these ingredients in a spray bottle, mix well. Generously spray your produce, then rinse thoroughly. You can also double this recipe in your sink, and clean produce that way as well.
The vinegar and lemon is great for breaking up waxy chemicals and has microbial properties, and the baking soda gives a little extra scrubbing power. And GSE is great for everything... ; ) Love that stuff!
Hope you can use this recipe often in your home, for a little more added peace of mind!