How to Use Baking Soda to Wash Off 90% of All Toxic Pesticides from Your Fruits and Vegetables
Did you know that you have one of the most versatile products in your kitchen? We’re talking about baking soda. This incredible ingredient can be used in numerous ways! Baking, treating ailments, cleaning, you name it!
Speaking of cleaning, not only it can make your furniture and appliances squeaky clean, it can do that to your fruits and vegetables too! Yes, baking soda can eliminate up to 90% of pesticides from fruit and vegetables.
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts have conducted a study on gala apples in order to test the efficacy of baking soda in cleaning the fruits.
For the research, they used two most common pesticides, thiabendazole, and phosmet. For those who do not know, the first one is a fungicide that is able to penetrate apple peels, and the second is a popular insecticide.
They also used three different liquids to clean the contaminated apples: tap water, a one percent baking soda/water solution, and the most commonly used commercial bleach solution approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
They found that the baking soda solution was able to eliminate more pesticides in 2 minutes when soaked in the bleach solutions, and when rinsed in the running tap water. However, they needed to soak in the baking soda for 12- 15 minutes to completely eliminate all pesticides.
Тhe reason behind this ability is because baking soda is an alkaline salt. This means it is an eco-friendly and effective produce wash, that can easily remove pesticide residue from hard-skinned fruits and vegetables.
To use baking soda as a cleaning agent for your food, all you have to do is to add a few tablespoons of it to a bowl of water and soak the veggies and fruits in it for several minutes. Then, rinse them with fresh cold water.
If you want to clean fruits like muskmelons that often have embedded dirt in their rinds, sprinkle baking soda over them, and scrub away with a produce brush.
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