Confession: Besides my leafy greens, we can rarely afford organic produce (I know, send the paleo police!) but I’ve been using Trader Joe’s Fruit & Vegetable Wash to thoroughly wash everything and it’s working well for us. At only $4, this wash will help get any pesticides, waxes, chemicals, or other questionable substances off…you know, the stuff that marks the difference between organic and conventional (well, aside from the huge price gap.) The ingredients are: Purified Water, Natural Cleansing Agents (derived from plant oils), grapefruit seed extract, lemon-orange extract. It does not contain alcohol or chlorine like other products I’ve seen, which in my opinion, negates the purpose of the cleanser. It is not tested on animals, is vegan, and is made here in the USA. And best of all, there’s no detectable taste, which I cannot say for my original cleansing method of white vinegar and water.

With TJ’s produce cleanser, I can still feed my family healthy food without feeling guilty or worried about what’s going into my kids’ tummies or wrecking havoc on our food budget. And, as I explained in a previous post Eating Clean on a Small Budget, I feel very strongly that it’s better to eat a conventional apple than a handful of Cheez-Its.

So here’s how I do it. I paid $5 for 4 pounds of these non-GMO, but conventionally-grown, red grapes.

1. Use a rinse like Trader Joe’s Fruit & Vegetable Wash ($4)

TJS Wash









2. Scrub and let sit for about 1-2 minutes










3. Dump into colander and rinse with cool water; dry with paper towel

TJs Rinse









4. High-5 your kids and yourself for eating an EASY, healthy snack that didn’t break your budget!

Grapes 3









Do you only buy organic, not care about specially washed conventional, or is a produce cleansing wash your happy-medium? Please let me know in the comments below!

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