Most of us are aware that the fruits and vegetables we consume every day have gone through heavy chemical treatment during the process of cultivation. But, what few people know is that pesticides so commonly used by farmers remain as residues on the produce.
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.
A powerful antimicrobial, vinegar is one of the most effective ingredients to remove germs and pesticides from your produce. Dilute 10% white vinegar with 90% water, and soak your fruits and vegetables in it. Leave it act for a while, making sure you stir the produce around occasionally. Rinse thoroughly.
This is another great method to clean your fruits and vegetables of pesticide residues naturally and efficiently. Fill a big bowl with 5 glasses of water. Add 4 tablespoons of baking soda and stir until well dissolved. Soak the produce in this solution, and leave for 15 minutes to act. Then remove the product and wipe it dry.
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 afterward into a bowl of clean water. Your fruits and vegetables are now safe for consumption!
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