The majority of the fruits and vegetables available on the market is grown with pesticides and even coated with food-grade waxes. Pesticides often remain as residue because they are used during the cultivation of crops. And the waxes are used to maintain the shelf life and to improve the appearance of some fruits. The Centre for Science and Environment claims that ingesting high amounts of pesticides through food can lead to numerous diseases.
Washing your foods and vegetables with plain water will neither get rid of the pesticides nor of the waxy coating. Luckily, there are ways you can remove them by using common ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen.
All you need is some water, baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar. You should put these ingredients in a spray bottle and spray them on the vegetables and fruits or just soak them in the solution.
The following two are recipes for the mixture that will help you get rid of the pesticides and wax:
1.Take a spray bottle and put 3 parts of water to 1 part of vinegar in it, then add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Spray the mixture on your fruits and vegetables and then rinse them with water.
2.Take a bowl and fill it with 90% water and 10% white vinegar. Soak the vegetables and fruits in the bowl for about 15-20 minutes and then rinse them with water thoroughly.