Natural Fruit and Veggie Scrub – Why Not?

It occurred to me recently that I should share my favorite scrub that I use for washing fruits and vegetables.  It’s quite possible that you use it or have used it before.

Natural Fruit and Veggie Scrub

But, in case you don’t know about this natural scrub, I’ll let you in on a little secret.

It’s baking soda.

All you do is rinse the fruit or vegetable so the soda will stick to it.  Then sprinkle the soda all over it, turn it around in your grasp as you scrub…then rinse.

I keep this little recycled spice jar under my kitchen sink.  Handy-dandy!

Natural Fruit and Veggie Scrub

Have you been washing a lot of apples lately?  I have.  This scrub also works great for washing tomatoes, peppers, squash, zucchini, grapes, or anything else you’d like to clean.  (Except strawberries.  Of course, we wouldn’t do this with strawberries.)

There are so many uses for baking soda besides baking.  The price is right, and its readily available right inside the pantry.  So, if you didn’t know that baking soda can be used as a veggie and fruit scrub, I apologize for not telling you sooner.

Dr. Axe shares some great ways to use baking soda for good health here.  You’ll find more cleaning tips with baking soda plus links for other uses here.

What are your favorite ways to use baking soda?














  1. robin says

    Oh, Kim, after reading this…and knowing you like Dr Axe…makes me love ya even more! 🙂

    I use baking soda to clean EVERYTHING. I have a confession…I like to add it to vinegar ….I like to see it fizz up. hahaha I don’t ever get tired of that. LOL

    To get goo off bottles (after removing labels…to REPURPOSE the bottle), I use vinegar, baking soda, and a little bit of dish detergent. I do soak them but I also scrub. The grit from the baking soda really helps when I am in a hurry to get that goo off and don’t want to wait while it soaks.

    I use it to clean the shower…with vinegar…and sometimes I add a bit of dish liquid to that, too.

    It’s good for exfoliating skin. (Super Teen uses it. I just thought up that nickname for her.LOL)

    I add it to my home made deodorant. It keeps me dry ALL day.

    Baking soda and vinegar cleans my stove fabulously after all the drips and oil and goo stick on from cooking dinner, and I wait til the morning to clean it. Vinegar alone won’t get the cooked on stuff. Add the baking soda and WHALA! I don’t have to scrub hard at all. I use one of those scratchy pot scrubbing pads from the dollar store. (I cut them in 3’s so they go farther).

    On Dr. Axe….anybody with leaky gut…try his supplements for leaky gut!!! THEY WORK!!! Money back guarantee. Even if your bottles are empty. Make sure you give it 2 months to work. It started to work for me a little after 1 month. My gut was so bad everything I ate gave me horrible gas by bedtime (if not sooner.) My poor husband! hahahaha I now can eat protein, and rice and beans again with NO ISSUES!!! THIS STUFF WORKS!!! It is well worth the money…especially if you were as bad off as I was. I am trying some other of his great stuff and will let ya know how they go.

    • says

      You and PAM should get together! You two would have sooo much to discuss. Thanks for sharing your list of uses for soda. I need to share my drain cleaner recipe, which is basically soda and vinegar and yes, complete with fiz. 🙂 I’m going against what I started out claiming – that I don’t write blog posts about cleaning. I can’t help myself anymore. Some information is just so helpful, and readers seem to like finding out new ways to make cleaners. I know I do, too. Haha – Super Teen, I have no doubt! I hope your house is mostly put back together after last week’s projects! 🙂

      • robin says

        Oh yeah, the drain cleaner….it works so well! We like the cleaning posts cuz there is always a CLEANER way to clean….so please SHARE!!!!

        The basement….I am just happy to do laundry without a respirator on. LOL We still have a lot to do down there. But I am happy and relieved nonetheless.

        We r going to caulk all the rim joists (I know what they are called now. hahaha), paint them with mildew resistant paint, then add the fiberglass insulation back THEN add the styrofoam insulation on top and sprayfoam in the cracks. We should be all nice and cozy with all of that!

        I am going to cut a cold air intake in my HVAC (saw that on youtube). Basements NEED one to properly ventilate themselves. It helps tremendously to keep mold from growing. Later we will add heating …by adding a few vents.

        We didn’t get a sump pump with this house. The seller took it. It helps keep the water level down under the floor, so it also helps keep mold from growing. Buying one soon. The 2 dehumidifiers need condensate pumps and will both be raised off the ground (on my wood “cubes” from AC Moore), and we will run one into the washer drain, the other out the back into the pvc pipe that runs away from the house (have to cut a hole in the house. YIKES. LOL) Until then, one is emptying in the condensate pump for the HVAC and I have to empty the other a few times a day.

        Sealing the floor with Drylok Clear is coming (it’s QUITE a lot of $$$…12 gallons needed!), and then painting the rest of the wood surfaces with mildew resistant paint, including stairs and stairwell. That oughta keep us busy a LONG time! LOL

        Right NOW I am making cardstock pumpkins with fall-ish printed cardstock. 7 circles a little smaller than 7″ (so I can cut 2 out of a 12 x 12 piece of paper). Fold them all in half. Glue together in a circle but leave a little room for a stick (stem). Glue a piece of wood underneath (to the stem). Add leaves. I saw it at ACMoore so it’s most likely on their website.

        My miter saw is buried under stuff in the garage so I am just gluing circles today (not attaching the last 2 together until the stick is in), and I will get hubby to un-bury my saw in a day or 2 when he is feeling better. (THEN I can cut my stems and bases) He was moving stuff around so we could get rid of a HUGE pile Saturday….love to donate and WRITE OFF! So my poor saw is under the dog pool/outside doggie bathtub and behind the generator. UGH.

        Allergy-colds got both Super Teen and hubby. NOT ME! I will not have that! I’m also not kissing anybody in this house. STAY AWAY!!!! The dog gets cuddles, Nobody else. hahahaha

        Next is the galvanized pumpkins.

        • says

          Wow. I’m sorry you still have so much to do to fix the problems. :-/ That’s a lot of expense, too. But, at least when it’s all finished, you’ll be good to go for many years. Happy clothes-washing without a mask. 🙂

  2. says

    Hi Kim! I use baking soda for a lot of things, but using it to scrub produce is new to me. Great idea!

    One of my favorite uses for baking soda is for cleaning my glass stovetop. You just make a thick paste with baking soda, water, and a few drops of a any citrus essential oil. Smear it on and rub with a sponge. It works really well!

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    • says

      Hi, Marge. Thanks for sharing your awesome tip! When I had a glass stove top, I purchased a pretty pricey special cleaner. I no longer have that stove, but your way is perfect for those who do. Happy Friday! 🙂