5 Simple Ways To Naturally and Effectively Wash Pesticides Off Your Produce

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It is a sad fact that most fruits and vegetables we buy at the grocery store are treated and coated with pesticides. Also, the type of vegetable and where it comes from plays a big role in its safety.

The risk from pesticides on conventional produce varies from very low to very high, depending on the type of produce and on the country where it is grown. The differences can be dramatic. For instance, eating one serving of green beans from the U.S. is 200 times riskier than eating a serving of U.S.-grown broccoli. (Consumer Reports)

For a full list of what vegetables are considered safe and not safe, click here. The document also outlines the environmental effects of using pesticides.

There are many ways to clean pesticides off of fruits and vegetables. Just a rinse in cold water may not be enough to remove all traces. Take a look below!

Removing Pesticides from Fruits and Vegetables

Natural Cleansing Spray

A simple cleaning spray can be made by combining 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 2 tablespoons baking soda in a spray bottle of water. Spray the produce and then wipe it off before consuming. The baking soda and lemon juice clean and sanitize without harming the produce.

Remove Peels

If the fruit or the vegetable has a removable peel, peel it off. This will remove most of the toxins. After peeling, give the produce a quick rinse in warm water. This is great for oranges, potatoes, avocados, etc.

Vinegar Solution

If one has much produce to clean, a vinegar solution may be the best bet. Pour a tablespoon of vinegar into a large bowl of warm water. Let the vegetables soak for a minute, and then rinse them off. This is an excellent way to make sure all one’s produce is safe for consumption.

Salt Water

Making a saltwater solution in a large bowl is another great way to clean produce. Mix 1 tablespoon sea salt with a half-full bowl of water. Put the fruit and vegetables in the bowl and hand scrub them with the salt water. Rinse before eating.

Warm Water Rinse

A thorough washing with warm sink water will also clean produce if there’s a rush. Make sure the water is warm, not hot or cold. Hand-scrub the produce while rinsing for at least 10 seconds.

I hope you’ve found these methods for removing pesticides from produce helpful.

What are your produce cleaning methods?

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Tiffany - January 16, 2016

I use my kangen water 11.5 it works!! 1 push of the button and it cleans off all pesticides and herbicides off my fruits vegetables and meat. Using tape water just adds to the problem. Tape water contains tons of chlorine. I do these test many times per day. I will share the real truth with anyone that’s willing to listen and wants true health for themselves and their families

Cathrine Booth - January 17, 2016

When you grow crops like America does the pesticides are not just on the skin. Hate to break it to anyone but pesticides remain in every cell of that fruit or vegetable, there’s no washing it off

    MtnWolfGrl - January 20, 2016

    Yes, you are right, because pesticides, herbicides, etc., are usually water soluble and plants take water in through their roots and into the rest of the plant. Nobody every mentions that when talking about pesticides, etc.

Clarice - January 17, 2016

This is so misleading. Pesticides cannot be washed off produce. They are absorbed by the plant’s skin and through the soil, embedding itself within the organism. False articles like this only make people believe that pesticides are harmless. Besides, pesticides are carcinogens that spread in the air and water harming people and beneficial organisms. Eat organic!

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