Researchers have found that baking soda successfully removes most of the pesticides from fruits and vegetables. In fact, it eliminates up to 96% of pesticides from vegetables and fruits, therefore it’s known as one of the best and cheap cleaning solutions.
There can be all kinds of pesticides on fruits and vegetables so cleaning them should be a step you don’t want to miss. Fortunately, baking soda is highly alkaline and easily neutralizes germs and bacteria by breaking them down into tiny molecules.
Here are 3 study results in removing pesticide residue from fresh produce
- Tap water
Tap water didn’t remove pesticides completely even after a 2-minute scrubbing the produce.
- A 1% baking soda/water solution
Baking soda solution removes more than 80% of the thiabendazole from apples after 12 and 15 minute soaks. It was even more effective in removing the phosmet, at 96 percent after washing for the same amount of time.
- Bleach solution approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency
Thiabendazole and phosmet are really different. The first goes 80 micrometers deep in the apple, while the phosmet goes about 20 micrometers deep in the fruit.
How to use baking soda to remove pesticides from your fruits and vegetables:
Simply add a few tablespoons of baking soda to a bowl of water. Then, place the product in the solution to soak for 10-15 minutes. Lastly, rinse with cold water. The method is very cost-effective and extremely powerful.
Foods with the highest level of pesticides:
Foods with the lowest level of pesticides:
- Sweet corn
- Sweet peas (frozen)
- Honeydew melon
Always buy organic produce and clean your food properly. Baking soda is cheap and effective, and you really need to have a pack of it in your kitchen.