Vegetable Wash

Recipe from Liz Perkins

This vegetable wash is a great way to effectively remove dirt and bacteria from your produce, without using harsh chemicals. Featured in our community class, Going Green & Clean, this recipe is one of many ways to green up your kitchen. 

Vegetable Wash

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

0 minutes


1 Quart


3 cups water
1 cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon soap, castile
20 drops grapefruit seed extract
10 drops tea tree essential oil
5 drops essential oil (optional, for fragrance)


Mix all ingredients together in a quart-sized jar.

To use: Fill a large basin or the sink with water and add 1-2 tsp of vegetable wash to the sink. Add lettuce or produce and swish around in the water. It will immediately wash away any dirt, but to effectively treat bacteria, it should swim in the solution for a least a minute or two, up to 10 minutes.