Oh, how I would love to buy all organic produce. There are two main problems with that; 1) It would be too expensive for my budget, 2) There's not a large enough selection in my area. So, my next best option would be to scrub off as much of the residual pesticide that's left on non-organic produce as I could. But as soon as I saw the $5.00+ price tag on the small container of commercial produce wash, I figured I might as well spend my money on organic produce after all. Frustrating!
I looked around the internet and found several sites that suggested putting together your own produce wash with simple ingredients you already have. All you need is a clean spray bottle. (Mine was from the dollar store). Fill it with equal parts water and vinegar and a bit of baking soda. For example: 3 cups water, 3 cups vinegar, 2 Tbsp. baking soda. Be sure to label it so that everyone knows what it is and what it's to be used for. Spray it on the produce, rub a bit, then rinse under running water.
Total cost: about $1.25