Many people actually are not aware that most of the fruits and vegetables we consume every day go through heavy chemical treatment during the process of cultivation. It is important to mention that the pesticides that very often are used by farmers remain as residues on the produce.

 Of course, these chemical residues are not visible to the human eye, but this doesn’t make them less dangerous to human health. As the results of random testing on fruits and vegetables conducted by several advocacy groups and NGOs revealed, there are exceedingly high quantities of pesticide residue in produce sold on the market. According to the Center for Science and Environment (CSE), “high levels of pesticide residues can be toxic enough to cause long-term cancer, damage to the nervous and reproductive systems, birth defects, and severe disruption of the immune system.”
As you can hardly do anything about the excessive use of pesticides by farmers, you should learn how to properly clean your produce of chemical residues before consumption. There are a few effective methods to do this completely naturally using some common ingredients from your pantry.


1.Baking Soda

This is great method for cleaning of the fruits and vegetables of pesticide residues on natural and efficient way. You need to fill a big bowl with 5 glasses of water. After that add 4 tablespoons of baking soda and stir until well dissolved. Soak your product in this solution, and leave it about 15 minutes to act. Then remove the produce and wipe it dry.

2.Turmeric Water

Owing to its powerful antiseptic properties, turmeric can also be used to effectively remove germs and pesticides from foods. Add 5 teaspoons of turmeric powder to a bowl of boiling water. After it cools, add in the vegetables and fruits leaving them for a while. Rinse them afterwards into a bowl of clean water. Your fruits and vegetables are now safe for consumption!

3.Vinegar Soak

Vinegar is powerful antimicrobial and it is one of the most efficient ingredients to remove germs and pesticides from your produce. It is recommended to dilute 10% white vinegar with 90% water, and soak your fruits and vegetables in it. Leave it act for a while, but don’t forget to stir the produce around occasionally. Rinse thoroughly.

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