Natural Food Cleansers:Wash Your Veggies/Fruits Off Toxins.

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In an ideal world we wouldn’t have to worry about chemicals in our fruits and vegetables. We would all be producing our own food or organic food would be priced cheaper or a chemical-free way to keep produce fresh would be discovered. But in a not so ideal world, food-grade waxes and harsh pesticides coat the majority of produce people purchase everyday. A quick rinse in water won’t get rid of the waxy coating or the pesticides. If pesticides were water soluble, farmers would have to apply them after every single rain or dewy morning, a very expensive and labor intensive job.

Toxic Chemicals Found in Everyday Produce

Pesticides and other poisonous chemicals used in growing produce could be putting young children at risk of developing cancer in later life, say scientists. Pre-school children are in particular danger of exposure to the dangerous compounds like arsenic, lead and mercury, pesticides chlorpyrifos, permethrin and endosulfan, persistent organic pollutants dioxin, DDT, dieldrin and chlordane and the food processing byproduct acrylamide, which a U.S. study found exceeding safety consumption benchmarks.

Among the many negative effects of pesticides, research has found that these chemicals can lead to cancer, birth defects, infertility, kidney failure among others. BT toxins are killing human embryo cells while RoundUp and glyphosate are leading to a kidney disease epidemic in poor farming regions. Startling evidence on this is forcing many to oppose GMO crops and trying organic produce.

Natural Food Cleansers for Fruits and Vegetables

When you are forced to buy produce that you can’t specifically label as toxic-free, what options are we left with to safeguard our family’s health from these deadly poisons?

Well even though man has corrupted nature for his own gains, Mother nature still provides solutions to help him recover from his mistakes. Here are some natural food cleansers to wash your daily food before it can enter your system and create havoc:

. Vinegar water mixture: Take 1 cup of water with 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar. Mix them together in a bowl and submerge the fruit or vegetables. Soak and scrub for at least thirty seconds. Finish it off by washing them with tap water for 10-15 seconds.
. Lemon spray: Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a cup of water. You can pour this in a spray bottle and spritz some liquid on your produce, let it sit for 5-10 minutes; then wash it off in water.
. Lemon-Vinegar wash: Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar (distilled works well) in a cup (250ml) water. You can use this as a spray or a wash.
. For waxy fruits or vegetables: Mix a cup (250ml) water, half a cup (115ml) vinegar, 1 tablespoon baking soda and a dash of grapefruit seed extract. Spray this on the produce, leave for an hour before rinsing and eating.
. Activated charcoal: Alternatively you can also use activated charcoal, lemon juice, bicarbonate of soda and food grade hydrogen peroxide to your water and wash produce in this solution.

These natural cleansers will remove the artificial high-gloss shine and replace it with a healthy glow. Be warned that once you remove all the chemical junk, this may shorten the shelf life of the produce, so don’t wash all the produce you eat for a month. Only rinse before eating or a day’s produce. You must also NOT leave produce soaking in any vinegar based washes for a long time as the vinegar might eat them away.

Ways to clean your food:

. Use a bristle brush to scrub and wash produce.

. Brush the nooks and crannies of fruits like strawberries as they may contain bugs and pesticides.

. Cross-contamination from knife to the cutting board and into the flesh of the fruit is very probable; hence wash fruits like mango and cantaloupe even though you are not eating their skins.

The Dirty Dozen

The “Dirty Dozen” is a group of foods classified by the Environmental Working Group as those having the highest pesticide exposure. You must buy organic types as much as possible. However, if conventionally grown is your only choice, make sure you are thoroughly washing the produce with one of the natural produce washes listed above.

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Hot peppers
  • Nectarines (imported)
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Kale/collard greens
  • Summer squash

The Clean Fifteen

The “Clean Fifteen” are foods that are least exposed to pesticides. If you can’t buy all organic produce, these are okay to purchase as conventionally grown produce. However, several of them are known to be GMO. This means, they need the least amount of pesticides but also may carry a higher chance of health risks associated with GMO produce. So read the labels well:

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Papayas
  • Pineapples
  • Sweet Peas
  • Sweet Potatoes

Stay One step ahead:

Things change rapidly in the agricultural world. What worked for producers of one vegetable last year may not work this year, or the popularity of certain pesticides may diminish. Due to this, knowledge about heavily contaminated crops should be open. Staying abreast of what’s being used on your produce will help you make the better decisions while purchasing fruits and vegetables for your family. It’s always better to buy produce from your local farmer than buying produce that has traveled miles in a carton.


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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Meta McDonald
Meta McDonald 5pts

If you don't wash your fruits and veggies you should, this is a great resource

Karen Pinsky
Karen Pinsky 5pts

Except that, foods grown with pesticides are full of toxic pesticides throughout. The poison is part of the fruit or veggie as it has grown in the presence of the poison. Washing may remove gross wax or other topical gross things but, you have to buy organic or you're eating those pesticides.

Melissa Mcc
Melissa Mcc 5pts

Cheryl Phillips-Day The dirty dozen & the clean 15

Sanchita Datta
Sanchita Datta 5pts

I do the lemon + vinegar wash a lot . On eggs too.

Felicia Brown
Felicia Brown 5pts

Kayla EternalLove Sumler Star Atrue Moneymaker Ruda SoTired Ofweakazzniccaz

Ayurveda 5pts

Chandanee Sembhoo Please avoid soaps as they are also chemicals. You can use the remedies mentioned in the articles!! :)

Chandanee Sembhoo
Chandanee Sembhoo 5pts

I always wash all fruits n veg.with soap r dish washing liquid to make sure they r clean but internal cells I guess cannot be cleaned.

Ayurveda 5pts

Temperance Temperance Thanks for sharing!! :)

Ayurveda 5pts

Gary Wardell Thanks for sharing!! :)

Temperance Temperance
Temperance Temperance 5pts

Place sink of vinegar water one hr evert thing bad is remover eat locally grown everything from your farmers

Gary Wardell
Gary Wardell 5pts

Glyphosate is absorbed into the plant. It becomes systemic and can't be washed off. Bt Toxin in a GM plant is generated by the internal cells. It also is systemic and can't be washed off. Better to go organic by from a farmer of known reputation that doesn't use chemical pesticides.

Joy Fuentes
Joy Fuentes 5pts

If I can't grow it, then I have to clean it!!!:-):-)

Wendy Kruse Weiss
Wendy Kruse Weiss 5pts

Got a good natural toothpaste recipe? Wash our fruit/veggies and our teeth!

Ayurveda 5pts

Most Papayas in US are GMO

Ayurveda 5pts

Karunacitta Wong Thanks for tip! :)

Karunacitta Wong
Karunacitta Wong 5pts

pour 2 or 3 table spoon of vinegar into half a pail of water , sock the fruits or veg for 20 min & you will find a lot of insecticides , dirt , and small creatures floating on the surface . Natural way to remove insecticides

Ayurveda 5pts

Gary Wardell Absolutely. Only organic and definitely non-gmo

Gary Wardell
Gary Wardell 5pts

It really doesn't affect me that much since I've gone 100% organic as a matter of survival. I am healing from a leak gut and almost any non-organic gives me a bad reaction.

Gary Wardell
Gary Wardell 5pts

That probably only works for organic produce. Not for GMO produce there the pesticides are systemic.

Günter Müller
Günter Müller 5pts

bei mir ist alles 100 prozent bio da aus dem eigenen garten nur wasser ist aber arbeit