Do you was your fresh produce under the faucet? Well, we have some bad news for you. This technique is not enough to get rid of the toxic pesticides. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has shown that baking soda is the right thing to use when washing fresh fruits and vegetables.
A group of researchers at the University of Massachusetts conducted a study on gala apples to determine the efficacy of baking soda.
Organic gala apples were treated with thiabendazole and phosmet. Thiabendazole is a fungicide that gets inside the apple through its peel. Phosmet is an insecticide.
The treated apples were washed with tap water, 1% baking soda-water solution and a commercial bleach solution that was approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency. We all know that the commercial bleaching solution is the most commonly used liquid in the cleaning process.
This study showed that the commercial liquid and tap water was not as efficient as baking soda. The baking soda solution eliminated 80% of the thiabendazole content from the apples within 12-15 minutes. Baking soda can also remove 96% of the phosmet content in that time frame.
The difference in the removal of these chemical comes as a result of the great absorption of thiabendazole. It penetrates apples up to 80 micrometers deep, and phosmet goes 20 micrometers deep.
Baking soda solutions to remove toxic pesticides
You can check up a few great articles on this topic, and we give you the two best baking soda solutions you can use as natural cleaning agents for your fresh produce.
- Baking soda and white vinegar
Add one and a half cup of water to a cup of white vinegar and a tablespoon of baking soda. You can also add 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract. Transfer the liquid to a spray bottle, and use it on your fruits and veggies. It works great when applied on spinach, lettuce and broccoli, too.
- Baking soda and lemon juice
Add a tablespoon of lemon juice to two tablespoons of baking soda and dilute them in a cup of water. Soak your produce in this solution for a few minutes and rinse well.
There are other alternatives you can try, such as sea salt solution. Use a teaspoon of fine sea salt and a cup of water. Soak your veggies for 5-10 minutes and rinse under the faucet. When it comes to your fruits, add a few teaspoons of dishwashing liquid to a large container filled with water. Swish your fruits around for a few minutes, and rinse well.
Source: Natural News