How to Clean Pesticides Off of Fruits and Vegetables


Much of the fruits and vegetables you purchase at your local grocery store have been tainted by pesticides. The pesticide residue will still be on your fruits and vegetables even if you can't see it. Simply washing your fruits and vegetables is not enough to get rid of the pesticides. There are some products on the market that you can use to wash your fruits and veggies, but they aren't necessary. You should have all of the ingredients you need in your home already.

Step 1

Fill your kitchen sink with enough distilled water to cover the fruits and vegetables you want to wash.

Step 2

Add 4 tbsp. salt to the distilled water. Then squeeze half of a lemon over the water until you have gotten out all of the juice. Stir the ingredients together.

Step 3

Remove the stickers from your produce if they have any.

Step 4

Set the fruits and vegetables in your homemade produce wash, and let them sit for 20 minutes.

Step 5

Scrub the skins of the fruits and vegetables with a soft-bristle brush just before you take them out of the water, and then rinse them off with more distilled water.

Tips and Warnings

  • Make sure your kitchen sink is clean and disinfected before you place your fruits and vegetables in there.

Things You'll Need

  • Distilled water
  • 4 tbsp. salt
  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • Soft-bristle brush
  • Vegetable peeler


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Keywords: fruits and veggies, washing fruit, removing pesticides

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