Most of the fruit and vegetables you buy like apples, broccoli, celery, green leafy vegetables, beets, tomatoes, peas and berries are sprayed with pesticides and full of toxins. Sadly, people don’t realize this and consume the fruit without knowing that it can cause big problems later. However, pesticides can be washed off the fruit and vegetables if you follow these methods:
Pesticides are usually applied on stems and leaves, but some of them also get accumulated on the fruit and vegetables’ surface. Washing them in warm water before consumption can eliminate the toxins and make the produce safe for eating. However, the water needs to be warm – too hot or too cold water won’t remove the residue from the surface.
Rinse with salt water
Some produce is so full of toxins that it falls under the dirty category. In this case, soak the fruit and vegetables in a bowl filled with a solution of water and half a teaspoon of salt. Put the produce in it and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing with cold water.
Vegetable and fruit washers such as Vegfru can also be used.
Use diluted vinegar
Pesticides usually contain organophosphates, carbamates, organochlorines, sulfonylurea andpyreathoids, substances which are harmful for your body. These contaminants are present even in the peel of the produce! However, instead of using fancy produce cleaners, you can wash the fruit and vegetables you bought in a diluted vinegar solution which will get you the same results.
Remove the peel
Take the peel of some fruit and vegetables such as apples, avocados, oranges, ginger, potatoes, radishes and beets and wash the produce well before consumption.
Homemade cleaning spray
Fruit and vegetables with accumulated pesticides need extra care. What you need to do is to mix a tablespoon of lemon juice with 2 tablespoons of baking soda, then dilute the mixture with a cup of water and spray it on the produce. This will clean any excess pesticides on it and make it safe for consumption.
Clean with a cloth
Washing and cleaning fruit and vegetables before cooking is a must – a damp cloth will wipe the surface clean after rinsing with water. Cleaning the produce with a damp cloth will remove any leftover residue, and combining all these methods together will remove 85-90% of the pesticides on the fruit and vegetables you have bought.
However, the best way to be sure of what you eat is to buy your fruit and vegetables from local trusted sources which grow produce without the use of pesticides. These products can be expensive, but they are certainly worth it. Another option is to grow your own garden in your yard – it’s not that hard of a job and will keep you supplied with fresh organic fruit and vegetables.