Fruit and veg wash

In order to stop the spread of bugs and germs, washing your fruit and vegetables is key.

But giving them a quick rinse with water often isn’t enough. A simple homemade veg wash solution is great for cleaning off pesticides and bacteria.

Vinegar is the key ingredient in this recipe. And while it is not a disinfectant, its acidity makes it a great household cleaning option.

Ingredients

1/2 cup white vinegar

2 cups water

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 spray bottle

Directions

  1. Mix vinegar and water in a clean spray bottle.
  2. Add the lemon juice.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Spray onto produce and let it sit for a few minutes (a colander or large bowl is best).
  5. Rinse off the produce with water and leave to dry.

Hand sanitiser

Fear not, if you can’t find it on the shelves, there are ways to make natural hand sanitiser at home.

But please remember that just using hand sanitiser is not a complete substitute for handwashing.

This recipe comes from Popular Science.

Ingredients

1 cup of 91% isopropyl alcohol (also known as “rubbing alcohol)
½ cup of aloe vera gel
15 drops of tea tree, lemongrass or eucalyptus oil

1. Pour the alcohol into a medium container with a pouring spout.

2. Add aloe vera gel. Aloe is a good way to counteract the harsh effects of alcohol on the skin. You can use aloe vera gel straight from the plant or from the store, just note that natural aloe gel is typically thicker so will make the final product stickier and you’ll need to rub your hands more to absorb it.

3. Add the essential oil. Tea tree, lemongrass and eucalyptus oils are naturally antibacterial, making them great for homemade sanitisers.

4. Whisk. To fully mix all ingredients, whisk and beat the ingredients until they form a smooth gel.

5. Sanitise your chosen bottle and pour in your hand sanitiser. Spray some of your leftover alcohol into your bottle and let them sit until the alcohol has evaporated then pour in your sanitiser.

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