Can you actually wash pesticides off fruits and vegetables?



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    It can be very difficult to remove pesticides just by rinsing produce, especially when they have been coated with wax to prolong shelf life. There are some natural cleaning products on the market like Organiclean and Veggie-Wash made of fruit and vegetable oils. Some cheap easy ways to remove pesticides with common household items are soaking it for five minutes in a half water, half vinegar mixture, or rinsing with one tablespoon of lemon juice, two tablespoons of baking soda and one cup of water. You can also use diluted dish detergent, followed by a tap water rinse. After any of these treatments, produce should be rinsed thoroughly.

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    Yes, you can wash off a significant amount of pesticides used during the growing process, however you will never be able to get 100% of these chemicals off of your food. Additionally, water doesn’t necessarily get the job done, you might try vinegar, or lemon juice as some natural pesticide removers, or try some company’s specially formulated washes for fruits and vegetables.

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    Yes, you can get some off.  At least, what’s on the surface.  It’s always safer to wash your produce because there might be some dirt or pesticides on the surface.  You may not be able to get all of it off, but some is better than none.

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    Yes, you may not be able to remove everything especially with water alone, but there are ways to make sure you are getting your fruits and veggies as clean as possible. Mixing water with detergent and swishing around for a few minutes can remove pesticides. You can also use vinegar, either by spraying and then rinsing with water or by soaking in a water and vinegar bath. This is also very effective for removing bacteria, up to 98% in trial runs. Another option is a fruit cleaner, which can either be purchased at stores or made at home on your own. Here is the “Dirty Dozen,” the list released by the Environmental Working Party of the top 12 foods most contaminated foods: 

    • Peaches
    • Apples
    • Sweet Bell Peppers
    • Celery
    • Nectarines
    • Strawberries
    • Cherries
    • Pears
    • Grapes (Imported)
    • Spinach
    • Lettuce
    • Potatoes

    It’s best to rinse these foods especially with the tips above or to buy them organic at the store.

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