It is a well-known fact that the fruits and vegetables we consume daily have gone through heavy chemical treatment during the cultivation process. However, what few people know is that pesticides that are so frequently used by farmers remain as residues on the produce.
These chemical residues are not visible to the human eye, but it doesn’t make them less harmful to human health. The results of random testing on fruits and vegetables carried out by several advocacy groups and NGOs showed that there are exceedingly high pesticide residue quantities in produce sold on the market.
What’s more, high levels of pesticide residues can be so toxic to result in birth defects, long-term cancer, severe disruption of the immune system, and damage to the nervous and reproductive systems, according to the Center for Science and Environment.
Since hardly anything can be done about the excessive pesticide use by farmers, learn how to properly clean your produce of chemical residues before consumption. In addition, here are several effective methods to do this completely naturally by using some common ingredients.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR FRUITS AND VEGGIES OF CHEMICALS:
1. Vinegar soak
As vinegar is powerful antimicrobial, it is one of the most efficient ingredients to eliminate germs and pesticides from your produce. You should dilute 10% white vinegar with 90% water, and soak the fruits and veggies in it. Let it act for a while by occasional stirring the produce. At least, rinse it thoroughly.
2. Baking soda
You can also clean your fruits and vegetables of pesticide residues naturally and effectively thanks to this method. First of all, fill a large bowl with 5 glasses of water. Next, add 4 tablespoons of baking soda and stir it until it is well dissolved. Afterwards, soak the produce in this solution, and leave it for about 15 minutes to act. Finally, remove the produce and wipe it dry.
3. Turmeric water
Due to its potent antiseptic properties, turmeric can be used to effectively remove germs and pesticides from foods, as well. You should add 5 teaspoons of turmeric powder to a bowl of boiling water. Once it cools, add in the vegetables and fruits and leave them in for a while. Then, rinse them into a bowl of clean water.
Now your fruits and vegetables are pesticide-free and safe for consumption!