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How to Use Baking Soda to Wash Off 96% of All Toxic Pesticides from Your Fruits and Vegetables

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How to Use Baking Soda to Wash Off 96% of All Toxic Pesticides from Your Fruits and Vegetables

Baking soda is a magical product with so many practical uses,
such as curing heartburn, cleaning white clothes, and now, new
research has found that this wonder ingredient can remove up to
96% of pesticides from fruit and vegetables.

A team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts
has conducted a study on gala apples to determine baking soda’s
efficacy in cleaning the fruits.

During  the research team has applied two most common
pesticides thiabendazole and phosmet to organic gala
apples. Thiabendazole is a fungicide that has
been previously noted for its capacity to penetrate apple
peels. Phosmet is a popular insecticide, the experts say. The
scientists have then washed the contaminated apples with
three different liquids, which include: tap water, a one
percent baking soda/water solution, and a
commercial bleach solution approved by the United
States Environmental Protection Agency. The
commercial bleaching solution is the most commonly used liquid
in cleaning produce.

The results have revealed that submerging apples in a
baking soda solution for two minutes removed more pesticides
than a two-minute soak in the bleach solution, or two minutes
of rinsing in running tap water. But it took 12 to 15 minutes
in the baking soda solution to completely get rid of the
pesticides used in this study

How to Use Baking Soda to Wash Produce

Baking soda can be
used to scrub pesticide residue from hard-skinned vegetables
and fruits. Because baking soda is an alkaline salt, it makes
an eco-friendly and effective produce wash.

To use it, simply add a few tablespoons of baking soda to a bowl of
water when soaking your fruits and vegetables, which should be
done a few good minutes before rinsing them with fresh cold
water. Or, shake some baking soda on produce and scrub away
with a produce brush. By the way, this method is especially
great for things like musk melons, because their rinds have all
kinds of nooks and crannies that love to trap microbes and
dirt.

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