How to Clean Wax Off of Lemons

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How to Clean Wax Off of Lemons
Wax enhances a lemon peel's appearance. (NA/ Images)

Like many fruits, lemons naturally produce a wax coating on their peels that protects them against diseases and helps retain their moisture. Since lemons' natural wax coating washes off during handling and inspection, they require a fresh coat of wax to prevent mould growth, diseases and physical damage. Although the microscopic wax coatings are safe to consume, they can harbour pesticides and dirt.

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Things you need

  • Pail or sink
  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • Produce brush
  • Clean paper towel

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  1. 1

    Fill a pail or sink with 1 gallon of warm water. Mix 2 tbsp of baking soda into the water-filled pail or sink.

  2. 2

    Dip the wax-coated lemon in the baking soda solution. Do not soak the lemon in the solution. Scrub the entire lemon with a produce brush to remove the wax coating.

  3. 3

    Continue dipping and scrubbing the lemon until all wax is gone.

  4. 4

    Rinse the lemon under fresh, flowing water. Dry the lemon with a clean paper towel.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not wash the lemon with detergents or soaps as they may alter the lemon's flavour and cause diarrhoea.

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