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How to Clean Wax Off of Lemons

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

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

  5. Warning

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

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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

April Dowling first started writing in high school and has written many news articles for newspaper and yearbook publications. She is currently pursuing a career as an online writer and affiliate marketer. Dowling writes for several websites and keeps many blogs.

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