Non-organic fruit often contains pesticides, which cling mainly to the outer portion of the fruit. Cleaning the fruit with white distilled vinegar and water can remove some of these chemicals. These products will not harm the fruit and rinsing off the fruit will remove the vinegar from the produce. You can wash the fruit immediately before eating, or days before. However, save peeling and cutting until it’s time to eat the fruit. Some items, like apples, will brown when cut.

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Set the bowl in the sink. Add white distilled vinegar until the bowl is one-quarter full.

Place the fruit inside the bowl. Add water until the fruit is submerged. Rotate the fruit in the bowl to mix the water and vinegar.

Soak the fruit in the bowl for 20 to 30 minutes.

Scrub the fruit lightly after soaking it. Do not scrub fruit that falls apart easily, like blackberries.

Remove the fruit from the bowl. Rinse it with water.

Peel off the skin of the fruit and throw out the skin. The fruit is ready to eat.