How to Remove Pesticides from Fresh Produce

The use of chemicals on the fruit and vegetables we buy at the super market today can have an adverse effect on our health.

One common mistake is that by washing our fruits and vegetables with water we will help to remove most of the pesticides.

Washing can help remove surface dirt, but the pesticides still remain on the fruit and vegetables. To clean the pesticides from our fruit and vegetables requires us to go one step further by making up a fruit and vegetable washing solution.

Solutions for Citrus Fruit:
Vinegar Solution:
Mix 3 cups of water with 1 cup of vinegar. This mix will remove chemicals and wax from fruit. Soak the fruit for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse under running water.

Lemon Juice Solution:
You can make a cleaner for fruits and vegetables by making a solution of
1 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp baking soda and 1 cup water. Or 1 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp white vinegar and 1 cup water. Or even a 10 % salt solution can be helpful to remove pesticide residue from fruits and vegetables.

To read more about removing chemicals from fruit and vegetables check out these articles.


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