Some say washing your non-organic fruits and veggies with just water is "good enough". Those of us that are well informed say otherwise…
All conventional grown fruits and vegetables have surface pesticide residues that water alone cannot remove. I'm sure you are all very aware pesticides are known carcinogens (cancer causing toxins) so I won't dwell on that fact in this post. It might not always be financially feasible to purchase all your produce organic- BUT even if you are able to frequently spring for organic, know that both non-organic and organic produce have loads of other nasty contiminants on them such as human perspiration, oils, dirt, exhaust fumes from shipping and bug feces (YUK!).
Therefore, you should seriously consider investing a few dollars in a quality veggie and fruit spray cleaner. I use "Citrus Magic Veggie Wash" because of its convenience when I don't have the time to make my own natural mixture. Its natural ingredients do not effect the taste or smell of your produce. A 16oz spray bottle lasts about 2-3 weeks in our household where 8-10 servings of produce are consumed daily. There are a few different brands out there that are just great also but please be sure to read the labels!
OR, if you want to go the least expensive route, make your own! Here is my homemade mixture that I've found works just as well as a store bought alternative:
DIY Veggie Wash
Mix well in a sprayer bottle. Shake before use. Apply a small amount directly to individual pieces of produce. For larger and harder to clean items such as grapes, broccoli, lettuce etc. simply fill up a bowl with water and add approximately 1 TBS per quart of water. Agitate the water with the produce for up to 1-2 minutes, apply vegetable brush if needed. Use a colander for delicate items such as herbs, mushrooms and berries. Rinse thoroughly.
*Be sure to include the Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) I suggested in your homemade mixture as well! It's a key ingredient as GSE has a proven track record as a non-toxic germicidal agent. It is known for its natural anti-bacterial qualities. Review http://www.gseinformation.com/ for more research and information.
Enjoy your clean, raw goodies!