How To Clean Fruit & Vegetables Using Apple Cider Vinegar

If you are like me and don’t have easy access to organic food (or refuse to spend $3 on a tomato) and don’t enjoy eating pesticides and chemicals then you should definitely be cleaning your fruit and vegetables. It is really easy, takes little time or effort and uses one simple and cheap ingredient: apple cider vinegar.

ACV has so many different uses. I use it a lot in vegan mayonaise or sour cream recipes to give it that tartness. But ACV is also excellent for cleaning and medicinal uses because it’s anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial.

I have been using this method of cleaning my fruit & veggies since my Dad told me about it 6 months ago. You only need to wash veggies that you plan on eating the skin of, like: greens (spinach, kale, lettuce), tomatoes, capsicums, cucumber, zucchini, pears, apples etc.

My favourite brand of ACV is Braggs ACV. Use the code ZIV994 at iHerb and get $5 off your first order.

How to Clean Fruit & Vegetables Using Apple Cider Vinegar

Step 1: In a big bowl, cover veggies in water and add 1 Tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar

Step 2: Let the veggies sit for 5 – 10 minutes (I usually skip this step, I’m too impatient!). Note: don’t let nectarines, peaches or apricots soak, a quick dip will do for those or it will ruin the skin.

Step 3: Scrub the veggies with a brush (make sure its a brush dedicated for this purpose only).

Step 4: Wash scrubbed veggies with water.

Step 5: Let veggies sit on a tea towel and dry, or hand dry them.

And you’re done!

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17 comments on “How To Clean Fruit & Vegetables Using Apple Cider Vinegar

  1. wow, this is a really great idea! and btw I am loving your blog, do you have a facebook page? Because you should really set one up!! seeing you only have 8 posts so far, and yet your recipes are really delish and your photos are lovely too! :) And haha, I’m also a fellow blogger from Aus :)

    • Hi Tina, thanks so much for your kind words :). I just checked out your blog and I see your from Sydney – we loved Sydney when we were there last Christmas! I heard about the crazy wind there the last few days, we’ve had the same thing here (Northern Rivers). Our house has been literally shaking – scary!

  2. I’ve been using this method ever since reading your post, so I figured I should say thank you already! I now wash all of our produce as soon as we get it back from the store. I always felt like water probably didn’t do much, and I feel a lot better using this method, especially when we can’t find organic. I was a little worried at first that the vinegar would impart a bitterness, but it didn’t in the slightest. Your blog has become a favorite of mine. Keep it up!

    • Hi Shea (nice name!), I haven’t found it to do that at all. Just make sure you soak the veggies and fruit for no longer than 10-15 minutes.

    • Hi Mandy, I haven’t read many health books yet (I am about to order a ton) – do like the Green Smoothie Revolution & Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko. I really love cookbooks and health documentaries. If you are interested in documentaries, I would recommend Food Matters & Hungry for Change (made by the same people) & The Gerson Miracle. You can find a ton of health documentaries for free at Also TED talks are very good – the Jamie Oliver one is fantastic and theres a very interesting one on the paleo diet – I’m sure a search would bring them up. Hope that helps :)

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    • I recently saw this mentioned in a documentary on and love that I am seeing it here Shae! I started doing it immediately.
      Makes you wonder though … why is growing organic food more expensive than growing food that requires so many chemicals … wouldn’t the added chemicals jack up the price of the non organic food? … Food for thought :)

  6. I have been doing a version of this for a while now but I’m thinking your version makes more sense. I wash as soon as I get home from my fortnightly shop but I usually have waaay too many things for a bowl and I do it in batches in the sink. What I want to know is whether I can use the one sinkful of water for all of the veggies or should I use fresh water for each batch?

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