Wash: Fill a bowl with 10% white vinegar, 90% water. Soak your fruits/vegetables in this mixture for 30 mins. Rinse with water. Spray: Mix 1 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp baking soda, 1 cup of water. Dissolve baking soda and store in spray bottle. Spray and leave for 10 minutes, rinse with water. Blanch and peel: Treat with warm water and peel.
Curejoy Expert Dipti Mothay Explains:
Studies have shown that 65% of produce samples analyzed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture test positive for pesticide residues. Hence with every portion of your ‘healthy’ greens you could be consuming a significant amount of toxic chemicals. It is thus helpful to be able to remove some of the pesticides that coat the outsides of non-organic produce.
Natural ways to remove pesticides from fruits & vegetables
Produce wash with vinegar and water
This method should remove most of the pesticide residues that normally appear on the surface of fruits & vegetables.
– Fill up a large pre-cleaned bowl or your kitchen sink with 10 percent white vinegar and 90 percent water.
– Let your fruits/vegetables soak in this mixture for 30 minutes or up to an hour.
– Remove the produce from the mixture, give them another quick rinse with water, and they are ready to eat.
– This method shouldn’t be used on fragile fruits, such as berries, as they have a very porous skin and might get damaged and soak in too much of the vinegar. If you wish, you can also use lemon juice.
Home made produce spray
This pesticide-removing natural spray is very simple to make with ingredients already present in your kitchen.
– Mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 tablespoons baking soda and 1 cup water.
– Dissolve the baking soda completely
– Pour into a clean spray bottle.
– Spritz the mixture onto your fruits and vegetables, and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
– Rinse the mixture off, and enjoy your produce.
Blanch and Peel
Treat your vegetables to warm water for a short while and this should remove any leftover residue. Peeling is another efficient way to remove residue and comes highly recommended especially when there might be some residue in the crevices of the fruit. Also, when cooking with chicken or meat, cut off the excess fat and skin as it could have absorbed unwanted pesticide residue.