Removing Wax from Fruit using These 3 Tips

Removing the wax from fruit and vegetables is important prior to consuming it. These DIY fruit wash tips will help to ensure the fruit is clean and back to its natural, delicious form.

removing wax from fruit

Many fruits and vegetables purchased from the market are coated with wax, this includes organic produce. What is the purpose for applying wax to fruits such as citrus, apples, and vegetables?

Waxing fruit serves many purposes. The wax prevents bruising, inhibits mold from forming, and helps to preserve the fruit. In a marketing standpoint, the wax makes fruit and vegetables look more appealing to the consumer.

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Removing Wax from Fruit

Like an freshly laid egg, apples produce a natural wax which protects the interior of the apple longer.

Once harvested, and prior to being sold, apples are washed to remove dirt, leaves, and bugs. Washing removes the natural wax which protects the fruit. Because of this many orchards will apply wax to emulate the natural wax which was removed during washing.

The FDA states that the wax used is edible and all natural. Palm and cadellia wax has been used on fruit and vegetables since the early 1920’s. However, the wax found on the skin of fruits and vegetables is not ideal to use in many home food preserving methods. Making removing of the wax from fruits and vegetables necessary.

Take for example the following homemade items:

DIY Fruit Wash

A DIY fruit wash will help to remove the waxy film found on fruits and other produce.

There are three methods for removing the wax from fruit. All three methods are chemical free and the ingredients are staple household items. A pre-made fruit wash is available for purchase at many local markets. However, the cost is three times more that a homemade wash and contains chemical preservatives.

Ingredients

Removing the wax from fruit is a simple as using these 5 ingredients. Below you will find 3 easy methods for removing wax found on fruit and other produce.

Equipment

  • fruit and vegetable brush
  • large bowl
  • clean dishtowel
  • 8-quart pot

Instructions

There are three methods which work very well to remove wax from fruit. All are safe and natural to use.

Wash #1 can hinder the fermentation process if the fruit is boiled longer than 10 seconds. It is best to use wash #2 and #3 for items which will be fermented.

Wash 1 – Boiling Water

  1. In a large stock pot bring water to boil
  2. Submerge the fruit for 10 seconds and remove
  3. Using a clean dishtowel wipe the fruit to remove wax
  4. Wash the fruit one final time prior to consuming

Wash 2 – Baking Soda and Vinegar (or lemon juice)

  1. In a large mixing bowl add 16 cups hot water
  2. Add 2 tbsp baking soda and 2 tbsp distilled vinegar (or lemon juice)
  3. Allow to soak for 5 minutes
  4. Using a clean dish towel wipe the fruit to remove wax
  5. For fruit heavily coated with wax, allow fruit to soak for 10 minutes and wash fruit using a vegetable brush
  6. Wash the fruit one final time prior to consuming

Wash 3 – Apple Cider Vinegar

  1. Dip a clean dishtowel into a bowl of apple cider vinegar
  2. Wipe the fruit clean until the wax has been removed
  3. Wash the fruit one final time prior to consuming

Note

Remember to always was fruit one final time once the wax has been removed. 

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DIY Fruit Wash | Removing Wax from Fruit

Removing wax from fruit is important prior to consuming it. These DIY fruit wash tips will help to ensure the fruit is clean and back to its natural, delicious form.
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Equipment

  • vegetable brush
  • large bowl
  • clean dishtowel
  • 8-quart pot

Ingredients

  • baking soda
  • distilled white vinegar
  • lemon juice
  • apple cider vinegar
  • water

Instructions

DIY Fruit Wash #1

  • In a large stock pot bring water to boil
  • Submerge the fruit for 10 seconds and remove
  • Using a clean dishtowel wipe the fruit to remove wax
  • Wash the fruit one final time prior to consuming

DIY Fruit Wash #2

  • In a large mixing bowl add 16 cups hot water
  • Add 2 tbsp baking soda and 2 tbsp distilled vinegar (or lemon juice)
  • Allow to soak for 5 minutes
  • Using a clean dish towel wipe the fruit to remove wax
  • For fruit heavily coated with wax, allow fruit to soak for 10 minutes and wash fruit using a vegetable brush
  • Wash the fruit one final time prior to consuming

DIY Fruit Wash #3

  • Dip a clean dishtowel into a bowl of apple cider vinegar
  • Wipe the fruit clean until the wax has been removed
  • Wash the fruit one final time prior to consuming

Notes

Remember to always was fruit one final time once the wax has been removed. 

It is always best to remove the wax on fruit and vegetables prior to consuming or preserving them. The process takes minutes, and the outcome is much better, and healthier, product.

removing wax from fruit
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