How to Eliminate Pesticides on Fruits & Vegetables


All produce purchased at a typical grocery store, unless it is organically grown, may contain a variety of chemical pesticides. Also, fruits and vegetables are grown in soil and are handled by numerous people before they make it to your table. This means fruits and vegetables have numerous biological and chemical agents on their surface. The best way to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables without ingesting harmful bacteria and pesticides is to eliminate the contaminants by washing.

Step 1

Mix 1/2 to 1 tsp. of organic castille soap for each 1 gallon of cool water in a clean sink or container. Agitate the soap and water mixture with your hand or kitchen utensil so the soap mixes well with the water.

Step 2

Immerse the vegetable or fruit you would like to clean into the soapy water.

Step 3

Wash grapes, lettuce or blueberries by swishing them around in the soapy water for one minute. Wash hard-rind vegetables and fruits such as as melons, apples, cucumber or squash by scrubbing the entire surface of the produce with a vegetable brush. Do not allow the fruits and vegetables to soak in the water for more than one minute because it may soak up the soap mixture and give the produce a bad taste.

Step 4

Rinse the fruits and vegetables well with cool, clean water by letting the water run over the produce for at least 30 seconds. Allow the produce to drain before eating.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 teaspoon of organic castille soap
  • Produce brush


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About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.