Most of the fruits and vegetables that you purchase from the markets are loaded with pesticides. Unless you are buying certified organic fruit and vegetables, the chances are that you are consuming a significant amount of pesticides every day.
The most common ones among them to be highly contaminated are apples, broccoli, celery, leafy greens, beets, tomatoes, grapes, peppers, peas, and berries. This can later pose many different health problems.
Here are 6 simple tricks to washing off pesticides from your food.
Wash with warm water
Even though pesticides are used directly on the stems and leaves, a significant quantity of pesticides is transferred on the veggies and fruits too.
By using warm water to wash them thoroughly, you will be able to eliminate these harmful ingredients before you eat the food. Extremely cold or hot water won’t aid your efforts to eliminate all the pesticides from the foods. Just use warm water and it should be fine.
Use dilute vinegar solution
Most pesticides contain organophosphates, carbamates, organochlorines, sulfonylurea, pyrethroids, etc which is potentially harmful to the body. The presence of these contaminants is not just superficial but they also get absorbed by the peel as well.
There is no need to buy fancy vegetable and fruit cleansers from the stores when it can be easily prepared at home. Just take about a teaspoon of vinegar in a large fruit bowl and dilute it with water. Leave the fruits and vegetables in it for 20 minutes and then wash them under tap water.
Baking soda is another option to remove pesticides from your fruit and vegetables. You should mix one tablespoon baking soda in a bowl and leave the fruits and vegetables in for 15 minutes. Then, wash them well under running water. This rinse will remove most of the pesticide residue from the surface of the fruits and vegetables.
Rinse them in salt water
As we have already mentioned, there are specific veggies and fruits that have more pesticides than the others. Before you use produce like this, fill a large bowl with water and pour 1/2 a teaspoon of table salt in it. Next, put the fruits and veggies in it to soak. Leave them for 3-4 minutes and after that use regular water to rinse them one more time.
Remove the peel
For fruits and vegetables like onions, potatoes, avocados, apples, oranges, ginger, mangoes, carrots, radishes, beets, etc, it is easy to take off the skin. Wash the vegetables again after removing the peel and then use it.
Homemade cleaning spray
The fruits and vegetables that need extra care are the ones with accumulated pesticides. Mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with two tablespoons of baking soda and mix well. Then dilute this mixture with one cup of water and use it to spray on the produce and wipe it clean. Never use dish soaps of other detergents to wash the produce as they should not be consumed.