Dr. Oz’s DIY Produce Cleaner

Dr. Oz’s DIY Produce Cleaner



When I head to the grocery store or farmers market I am always loading up on fresh fruits and vegetables.  I find the more of them I keep at home, the more ways I find to use them.  In the past I would buy store bought sprays to help clean them until I read Dr. Oz’s produce wash recipe.  They are all ingredients I always have on hand.  This simple DIY spray has white vinegar, which has natural anti-bacterial properties, baking soda, which is well known as a natural household cleaning product, and lemon juice, which gives it a pleasant smell and is a natural astringent.  The lemon juice may also help the shelf life of your produce.  So instead of spending $5 a bottle, or more, of store bought produce wash, try this recipe.

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

Combine all the ingredients in a large spray bottle.  Spray onto produce and let it sit for 5 minutes.  Scrub and rinse.

While we are at it, let’s talk about the dirty dozen and the clean 15.  The dirty dozen are the items with the most pesticides.  You should be sure to buy these organic when possible.  The clean 15 have the least amounts of pesticides so you do not have to spend the extra on money for organic.


  • Apples (the pesticide residue also showed up in apple juice, and apple sauce)
  • Celery
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Imported Nectarines
  • Imported Grapes
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Lettuce
  • Kale / Collards


  • Onion
  • Sweet Corn
  • Pineapple
  • Avocado
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet shelling Peas
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • Cantaloupe – domestic
  • Kiwi
  • Cabbage
  • Watermelon
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Papaya

Have a great week!  Victoria.

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3 comments… read them below or add one

Nicole August 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

I’m wondering if produce sold at places like Whole Foods is still sprayed? I thought they didn’t allow that but I’m not certain…


greenplaterule August 11, 2012 at 10:03 am

I think Whole Foods is the same as any other store, and the only way to be certain food is not contaminated with pesticides is to buy organic. I’ve never read or heard any different but look into it. I still clean everything, even if it is organic. There’s just no telling how many hands have touched the produce! :)


Travis May 27, 2015 at 2:43 pm

This recipe for produce cleaner is my shit! I know Dr. Oz has gotten a lot of flack lately for being a quack, but the man sure knows how to make a mean produce cleaner.


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