Most crops are treated with herbicides and pesticides, which can be removed if we use different cleaning solutions.
Fruits and vegetables are “abused” in many ways until they arrive in our homes: are sprinkled with different substances to last longer, and when they are transported in trucks or crates, it may be contaminated with bacteria such as listeria, salmonella, and Escherichia coli.
Many herbicides and pesticides that remain on the crops surface are lipophilic. A simple wash won’t clean them.
Methods to eliminate pesticides and herbicides from fruits and vegetables:
Apple cider vinegar
A traditional method is to rinse well with water and apple cider vinegar. Fill a large bowl with water and add 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Let the vegetables or fruits in water for 5 minutes then clean the dirt off them. You can clean potatoes, carrots or parsnips with a clean brush. Then rinse thoroughly under running cold water.
In a bowl with water add 3-4 teaspoons of baking soda then add the fruits or vegetables. Leave them for a few minutes then rinse under a strong water stream.
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