It’s not always possible to buy organic.
Sometimes it’s just too expensive for our budget or it’s just not available.
You can cut the peel off fruit and vegies to reduce the pesticides, but then you lose valuable nutrients (and really, are we going to peel every grape we eat!!)
It is however possible to clean your fruit and vegies to get some of the chemicals off. Washing with just water isn’t really the most effective solution as a lot of produce is coated with wax which seals in the pesticides. Some people recommend dishwashing detergent, but I don’t recommend it because of the chemicals in the detergent (and ewwwww… soapy fruit!)
How to clean pesticides off fruit and veggies.
1. Homemade Wash
Fill up your sink (assuming you use natural products to clean it) or a large bowl with room temperature filtered water. Add in organic apple cider vinegar (the ratio when I googled seems to be a consensus of one part ACV to two parts water but I just do a generous big glug). Soak your fruit and vegies for a few minutes. Rinse, dry and store as normal. You will be amazed at the scuzzy stuff left behind!
Do not leave the fruit and vegies in there for a long amount of time (yes, I got distracted one time and my fruit got covered in brown spots where the vinegar had started eating away at it!). You can do the wash as soon as you get the fruit and vegies home (recommended if you have kids that like to tuck in) or wait and just do it before you eat something.
You can also use things like activated charcoal, lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda and food grade hydrogen peroxide in your water.
2. Buy a Commercial Wash
Enviroclean is a natural vegetable wash you can buy to wash your produce. It removes soiling, manures, fertilisers, waxes, herbicides and pesticides from surface of fruit and vegetables. The ingredients are: Purified Water, Plant based non ionic Surfactants, Vegetable Glycerin and Potassium Salts.
How To Use It:
Add 2 to 3 drops to ½ sink full of cold water, using hands to massage chemical residues of produce. Rinse in clean water with a few drops of apple cider vinegar. Drain on paper or cloth towel and store. At $10.50, it’s pretty economical when you only use a few drops each time!
3. Use a Micro-Fibre Cleaning Cloth
The lovely Heather, a Norwex consultant, sent me the Norwex Veggie And Fruit Scrub Cloth to road-test this month. It is so easy to use. You just wet the fruit or vegies, scrub it with the rough side of the cloth and then polish it with the soft side. It leaves the fruit squeaky clean and gets rid of dirt, bacteria, pesticides and wax. Heather gets her kids involved and has them cleaning off their apples and carrots before eating them. If you have any questions or want to grab one, you can give Heather a ring on 0403 689323 or contact her via her website or Facebook page.
4. Use a Vegie Brush
Using a soft vegie brush like this Full Circle Bamboo Vegie Brush also cleans a lot of the residue and wax off produce. This one uses natural & recycled bristles which are tough enough to remove dirt, yet soft enough not to bruise. Get them online at Shop Naturally.
HOT TIP: Did you know the ‘Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen’ is actually for American produce??
Click here to see how Collette from Cut out the Crap cleans her fruit and vegies!
So there are some ways you can clean pesticides off fruit and vegies!
Have you got something to add? What process do you use?
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