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If you’ve been following my product review blog, you’ll know that I’m somewhat conscious about what I feed my child. I believe in moderation and making the best food choices I can for my family based on what I can attain at that time. The idea of pesticides and chemicals (or other non-food related substances) lingering on my fruits and vegetables however, really seriously creep me out. We are such a global society now that our food often travels from a gazillion miles away and while we try to locally grown product, it doesn’t always happen (either because of cost or availability). So, I need something that will appease my conscience, if only a little bit. Here is where Nature Clean’s Fruit and Veggie Wash Concentrate comes into my family life. I buy it, I use it, and one bottle lasts a long time, making the cost for the product worth my while.
Nature Clean Fruit and Veggie Wash comes in 2 forms that I’ve seen in my local supermarket – a spray version and a concentrated version. This product review is about the Nature Clean Fruit and Veggie Wash Concentrate since that’s the one I bought. If I get around to trying out the spray, I’ll let you all know.
Product review: What happened?
When I read the Nature Clean Fruit and Veggie Wash Concentrate ingredient list, it lists the following: water, fatty polyglycoside (from corn starch and palm kernel oil), citric acid, cellulose colloids (from wood and cotton), sodium hydroxymethyl glycinate (preservative based on glycine). You can’t taste it, smell it, it leaves no residue and is supposed to do what I want it to: remove surface pesticides, chemicals, bacteria, wax and dirt. I went to the official website (I included it at the top) and learned that all Nature Clean products are non-toxic and biodegradable and are made from naturally derived ingredients. So far, so good!
Nature Clean Fruit and Veggie Wash Concentrate is simple enough to use. Depending on the type of fruit or vegetable, you can either spray the fruit and veggie wash on it or let it soak for approximately 30 seconds. Rinse and clean and you’re done! But, honestly, it is a science experiment for adults and kids alike. It also helps to build your child’s awareness of food quality.
- raspberries and cherries soaking in the nature clean fruit and veggie wash
Have your child feel an apple (or another fruit or veggie) before using the Nature Clean Fruit and Veggie Wash Concentrate. Ask him/her to comment on how the fruit feels. Then, spray/soak the fruit or vegetable. Rinse, wash, and then let your child feel the fruit or vegetable again and ask the same questions.
Before I wash my apple, I can feel a film on top of the apple skin. After spraying the fruit and veggie wash on my apple, I give it a little scrub and instantly, I can feel that it gets a little ‘squeaky’ feeling. Sorry, it’s the only way I can describe it. After washing off the spray, wow, what a difference. Really truly, the apple feels squeaky clean and I feel more confident in eating it.
- closeup view of raspberries and cherries soaking
You can also soak softer fruit and veggies just like the picture shows. Here I’m soaking a mixture of raspberries and cherries in water with the Nature Clean Fruit and Veggie Wash Concentrate. You don’t need much and I feel better knowing that I’ve used it. My daughter sees me doing it and she understands that it helps to get rid of bad chemicals and ‘dirt’ from the outside skin of the fruit.
Overall, I really appreciate this product for what it does and yes, I plan to buy it again and again. I recognize that not everyone can afford organic and sometimes, what is available in the organic section isn’t what you want or need at that time. So, Nature Clean Fruit and Veggie Wash Concentrate gives you another option, especially if you don’t want to peel all your fruit and veggies. Now, at the same time, I also recognize that there are some pesticides and chemicals that will seep through the skin of the fruit and into the flesh itself. That is something that this product does not claim to fix and I’m aware of that. But, if Nature Clean Fruit and Veggie Wash Concentrate can help to reduce my family’s household consumption of pesticides and other chemicals, then I think it’s worth investing in.
Now, back to their website for a minute, you really have to visit their website to learn how socially conscious and responsible the Nature Clean company is. I learn that their packaging is BPA free (woohoo!) and they use Bullfrog power! Too too cool..oh and it’s made in Canada. Triple cool. You can visit their website and read more. I think I’ve written enough for one night!
Note: I’m not sure why though, but there have been times that I can smell the fruit and veggie wash on my fruit/veggie even after I’ve scrubbed and rinsed them. I don’t know if I was imagining it or if I used too much of the fruit and vegetable wash or if it was the product itself. The smell always went away after I gave it a second good cleaning so although it was a bit of a hassle, I still use it since the flipside does not a ’peel’ to me at all!
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