Effectively Remove Pesticides and Bacteria Using these Fruit and Vegetable Wash

Effectively Remove Pesticides and Bacteria Using these Fruit and Vegetable Wash

We cannot deny the fact that pesticides are one of the effective techniques to increase agricultural production. Subsequently, the fruits and vegetable we put in our table possibly contain pesticides even organic ones. With this fact, here are 3 ways to Effectively Remove Pesticides and Bacteria Using these Fruit and Vegetable Wash.

How to Effectively Remove Pesticides and Bacteria Using these Fruit and Vegetable Wash

Although you can buy commercial fruit and vegetable wash in the supermarkets, still it isn’t safe enough to rely on them. Some (if not all) of these fruit and vegetable wash may contain chemicals that are even more harmful than the produce itself. However, you need not be discouraged. Here are 3 ways to Effectively Remove Pesticides and Bacteria Using these Fruit and Vegetable Wash.

1. Salt + Lemon Juice + Cold Water

Effectively Remove Pesticides and Bacteria Using these Fruit and Vegetable Wash

Lemon is acidic in nature and has a natural antibacterial property. Alongside, it is an effective decontaminant and acts as a biocide against V. cholera according to a study.

While lemon acts as a decontaminant, salt also inhibits some bacterial growth (although not all). Furthermore, cold water also removes 96% of malathion residue according to a study.

Moreover, mixing 1/2 piece of lemon and 4 teaspoons of salt to cold water is one of the best ways to remove pesticide residues.

2. Water + Apple Cider Vinegar

Effectively Remove Pesticides and Bacteria Using these Fruit and Vegetable Wash

Another homemade fruit and vegetable wash you should try is the apple cider vinegar (ACV). Although ACV is more expensive than the usual white vinegar you can see in the stores near you, surely it is much safer. Most of these white vinegar are products of genetically modified (GMO) corn.

When you buy your own ACV opt for the raw, unfiltered and organic ones. ACV is rich in acetic acid that is antibacterial and antifungal that is why it has been used and known long before of its medicinal properties.

How to use:

Mix 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in 2-3 glasses of water into a basin then start soaking your fruits and vegetables for 5-10 minutes.  Wash thoroughly with water.

3. Baking Soda

Effectively Remove Pesticides and Bacteria Using these Fruit and Vegetable Wash

Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is not just a systematic alkalizer but is also a topical cleansing solution. [1]

For Fruits and Non-leafy veggies

Sprinkle baking soda on a clean sponge. Gently scrub fruits, vegetables. Then, rinse thoroughly with water.

For leafy vegetables

Dissolve 2-3 tablespoon of baking soda in a basin of clean water (2-3 glasses of water). Soak your leafy vegetables at least 5 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly with water.

Additional Notes in Removing Pesticides from Fruits and Vegetables

1. With leafy vegetables, there is a higher concentration of pesticides on the outer leaves. [2] Thus, it is best to remove the outer leaves of vegetables like cabbage, celery, chinese cabbage etc.

2. In fruits and vegetables, higher concentration of pesticides is in the stalk and near the epidermis. [3]  Therefore, you should remove the fruit stalk, exocarp (if necessary) and the tissue around the stalk cavity of fruits and vegetables.

3. If you can avail of an organic produce much better!

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