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The Best Way To Clean Blackberries

Using vinegar and water to wash blackberries is the best way to get rid of bacteria and dirt.
Prep Time 10 mins
Drying Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins


  • A strainer/colander
  • A bowl large enough to fit the strainer/colander
  • 2 dark towels OR paper towel
  • White OR apple cider vinegar
  • A measuring cup (1 cup)
  • Water


  • Pour 3 cups of water and 1 cup of vinegar into a large bowl (this natural cleaning solution always uses 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar — see the image below.) If you have a lot of blackberries, use the sink instead.
  • Put the blackberries in the strainer/colander and submerge them in the cleaning solution. Use your hand to mix the berries around in the water/vinegar for 1 minute.
  • Lift up the colander/strainer with the berries out of the cleaning solution.
  • Rinse the blackberries under a gentle stream of cold tap water for about 1 minute.
  • Pour the cleaned berries onto a dark towel or a paper towel. Use another dark towel or paper towel to gently pat the blackberries dry. Being gentle with the blackberries is really important. Avoid crushing or damaging the berries.
  • Allow the berries to air-dry for at least 45 minutes.
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