use doterra lemon essential oil in a bowl with water and strawberries to wash and clean the fruit

Wash your produce with this homemade all natural fruit and veggie / produce wash to remove germs and bacteria. 

It’s so important, now more than ever, to wash your fruits and vegetables before eating them.

There is no reason to spend a ton of money on a special cleaner from the store.  You can make your own in just a few minutes at a fraction of the price.  

A common misconception is that essential oils are expensive, but Lemon essential oil is just a few pennies per drop!  So that makes this recipe very affordable.

Make your own produce was with vinegar, water, and lemon essential oil to get ride of pesticide residue and germs or bacteria.

Why do we need to wash our produce?For 2 big reasons.

First, it’s important to wash off any pesticide residue that may be left on your produce, especially if your produce isn’t organic.  

Secondly, you can help get rid of any germs that may be hiding unseen.  You never know who has handled your produce before you brought it home, or where it’s been.  If the person picking it was sick, odds are there may be some germs left.  

If someone in the grocery store happened to be nearby and coughed, those germs could have easily made their way onto your fruit or vegetables that you are now bringing home.  

wash your fruit and vegetables with this diy homemade produce wash using vinegar and essential oils to kill germs and bacteria

This produce wash can help remove any germs and bacteria that may have inadvertently made their way onto your fruits and veggies.

This all natural fruit and veggie wash solution removes all those residues and has germ killing properties to boot!

Please note that there are affiliate links in this article and I may receive a commission if you make a purchase using one of my links.  This does not affect your price and helps to support the cost of running this web page.

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wash your fruit and vegetables with this diy homemade produce wash using vinegar and essential oils to kill germs and bacteria

Fruit and Vegetable Wash

Washing your produce in with this homemade all natural fruit and vegetable produce wash is a great way to make sure your food is clean. The vinegar and essential oils ensure that all the bad stuff and pesticides are removed from your fruit and veggies.
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  • A large bowl or your kitchen sink



  • Combine all the ingredients in your clean sink or a bowl and let your fruit and vegetables soak in it for about 15 or so minutes. 
  • Rinse your produce in a colander to remove the vinegar and lemon.


Please make sure to clean and sanitize your kitchen sink with a natural food safe sanitizer (like the one in this recipe) before soaking your fruits and vegetables in it.  For example, if you just rinsed a raw chicken in it, that would be really bad.

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This recipe courtesy of “The Essential Life” book. This book is a must have reference book and contains hundreds of recipes and invaluable information on each doTERRA essential oil. 

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About The Author

Dawn Goehring Desert Naturals Essential Oils

Dawn Goehring

Owner / Founder of Desert Naturals

Dawn Goehring is the founder of Desert Naturals where she writes educational articles on essential oils, DIY's on natural beauty products, homemade cleaners, and provides related essential oil accessories like Planners, Journals, Trackers, tshirts, and custom made essential oil storage.

Dawn discovered essential oils about 10 years ago to support her then 4 year old son who was struggling to manage a respiratory condition. She then learned how to use essential oils for everyday natural remedies for her family, and has helped hundreds of women incorporate essential oils in their lives to live a healthier, more holistic lifestyle using natural products and essential oils.

Dawn has earned an aromatherapist degree and has earned a doTERRA essential oil specialist certification which is a fancy way of saying she has learned a lot about the chemistry of essential oils and how they work in the body.

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