Pesticides are everywhere, and they can have many negative long-term health effects. Fortunately, we’re here with an easy to make and easy to use home cleaner that will rinse the pesticides off your foods!
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s tests have found widespread pesticide contamination on popular fruits and vegetables. At least one pesticide was found on nearly three-quarters of the samples analyzed by the US Department of Agriculture in 2014, the most recent year tested (1).
The top offenders for heavy pesticide residue are potatoes, strawberries, apples, snap peas, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and nectarines.
Nectarines are particularly worrisome because 99% of the sampled group show at least one pesticide residue (4). On the flip side, there are also fruits and vegetables that rank low on pesticide residue presence. Chief amongst them are avocadoes, scoring a wonderful 1% of detection in its sample group, proving once again that avocados are amazing for your health (4).
For those pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables, you can always make your own vegetable cleaner. It’s super simple to make and it only requires one common household ingredient: white vinegar.
Our vegetable cleaner recipe is simple: it’s 90% water and 10% white vinegar. We recommend mixing it in a large basin so you have enough room to properly soak your fruits and vegetables.
Simply let your produce sit in the mix for approximately twenty minutes. After enough time lapses, rinse your produce with fresh cold water.
If you have any fragile fruits like blueberries, I’d recommend not leaving them in the mix for the full twenty minutes. Blueberries are known to have porous skin and the homemade vinegar mix can overwhelm their natural taste.
After you finish, you’ll notice a strange gunky residue at the bottom of your basin. As you may have guessed, that is pesticide residue that was hiding in your produce.
Using these methods, you’re likely to reduce the pesticide residue by 70%. There will always some residue hiding in the folds and crevices that are too hard to wash manually.
Taking your time to prepare and clean your food has enormous health benefits for your family. Each step, be it incorporating organic produce to eliminating pesticides, gradually brings you closer to achieving the necessary nutrition to keep your body at optimal performance (5).
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