Washing Produce With Dr. Bronner’s

One issue with purchasing conventional produce is that it probably has pesticide residues on the surface and it may also have been waxed. The waxing is used to increase appeal on the store shelves and to give it a longer shelf life. There is no need to purchase a separate and oft expensive “veggie wash”. Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds – one drop in a bowl of water – works great to get rid of both these substances, as I demonstrate here in this video.

14 thoughts on “Washing Produce With Dr. Bronner’s

  1. Thank you for this idea!! Yet another great reason to love Sal Suds!!!

  2. Does this mean I don’t have to buy organic produce to eliminate the pesticides? I enjoy all your tips. Thanks.

  3. I just received my first bottle of Sal Suds and love this tip. I’ve been looking for a quick and easy way to wash produce so I can feel better about what I’m eating. Sal Suds is my new go-to cleaning product for everything! Thank you!

  4. Glad this helps!

    Rita – Yes, there are two ways to be certain your produce is pesticide free: buy organic or grow it yourself (or a reliable friend).

    All the best,
    Lisa

  5. Bronners is such an amazing product line…thank you for your website too!

    I’m following up on Rita’s question. I think she was asking if we are being protected from consuming pesticides by using Sal Suds on conventional (non-organic) produce. Will Sal Suds wash away just the wax or the pesticides too? I’m not sure if pesticides live inside produce too. Thanks in advance for your response!

  6. Hi Kristine – The Sal Suds will wash off any wax and pesticides that are on the outside of the produce. However, pesticides definitely absorb into the produce, becoming more concentrated inside the skin itself. This is why peeling non-organic produce is often recommended, if possible, and purchasing organic on certain thin-skinned produce (such as strawberries and peaches) is also good if possible. Pesticides can absorb into the flesh of the fruit, but not as strongly.

    This isn’t the end of the story, though. Part of the debate to label genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) focuses on the emergence of modified seeds for fruits and vegetables that then will make their own internal pesticides. One of these is a type of sweet corn (corn on the cob) that is now on the market (unlabeled)which contains the Bt toxin, an internal pesticide. Needless to say, these internal pesticides can’t be washed off.

    This all certainly keeps us on our toes!

    All the best,
    Lisa

  7. Hello- I’m glad I found this website, very informative.

    Quick question- Is this Sal Suds veggie wash recipe work for all veggies and fruit, even without a waxy buildup, (strawberries, lettuce, carrots) I have been using vinegar, but have found quite time consuming. If so, do i just rinse off quickly, like your video?
    Thanks so much-
    Ginger

  8. Hi Lisa

    After spending weeks researching how to live green etc, I came across a lot of products using Dr Bonner products. Originally from the UK I had never heard of this and now I have found your site, its fantastic.

    Long story short we have moved literally across the states for work after leaving the military after 23yrs so have rented out our house and are now getting ready to rent ourselves. This is going to be an ideal opportunity to go green, new house, new journey.

    I was wondering also if I can use this wash on all types of fruit and veg and have found an organic farmers market here although it only exists from April – September.

    I am changing everything in our home, even down to washing the dogs, so will report back with an update, were so exited, even my husband, which is a huge undertaking.

    Just a side note to your info about produce. I worked for a software company back in the UK, we also wrote software for some of the largest growers here in the states. On a tour around a produce grower, I was horrified to learn that once fruit and veg is picked, a lot of it is stored in bins and stored in units that have all the oxygen taken out of the air as this stops the fruit from spoiling. This can be stored for a very long time and you can only enter the store in a special suit. Long story short, this fruit and veg that shows up in our stores can be 18 months old before we even get to eat it. That was an eye opener for me and pretty shocking.

    Mirry

  9. Hi Ginger & Mirry – Yes, Sal Suds works great to wash any produce. All it takes is a quick wash and rinse. If you had a lot to do, you might fill the sink and add a couple drops of Sal Suds. Dunk in the produce, rinse it, and you’re good to go.

    Mirry, let me know if you run into any questions as you make this transition. There might be a steep learning curve at the outset, but pretty soon it’s old hat.

    All the best,
    Lisa

  10. Good morning Lisa

    Thanks for the confirmation. I am eagerly awaiting my delivery of products today. I am looking forward and excited to the transition and I definitely know where to come for assistance.

    Mirry

  11. Just bought my first dr bronner products and am working towards all green. Sala suds and the gentle Castile. I am very chemical sensitive. Can you advise what to use for bathing dogs and brushing teeth? Thanks, Darlena

    • Darlena, I have been using the castile unscented on my two labs. One is a poop roller (Thank god only deer etc and not other dogs poop) the other has very bad allergies since moving here to Florida. Have to say so far so good and we have to bathe them once a week. It doesn’t require a lot of soap to get a nice sud and to get them clean. I think Lisa mentioned to me peppermint and something else will have to go back and read her reply. Oh and their coats are very soft after and we didn’t get that stench of wet dog after bathing either which is a bonus in itself.
      Mirry

  12. I’m thinking of letting Mirry cover for me when I go on vacation! Yep, Darlena, the castile is an awesome soap for dogs. The combo is Peppermint and Eucalyptus that my dad used and called “Euco-Peppo Bear Wash” (just a household joke – we didn’t market it). It works great, though.

    For brushing teeth, the Castile soap is also a possibility here. It does taste like soap, but if you go with the peppermint, you do get that minty freshness. If you’d rather opt for a more traditional toothpaste, look for ones without Sodium Lauryl Sulfate which can be irritating and lead to canker sores.

    All the best,
    Lisa

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