A product with so many practical uses, so magical and yet so simple, you know it, the Baking Soda! It is able to clean white clothes, cure heartburn and according to the latest researches it was concluded that it is also able to eliminate 96% of the pesticides from vegetables and fruits that we buy from the grocery stores.
At the University of Massachusetts, a group of researches gathered and studied on the gala apples, and see how effectively the baking soda will clean the fruits from the pesticides.
During that research, the team found the two main and most common pesticides on the organic gala apples, the phosmet and thiabendazole. The scientists said that the phosmet is one of the most popular insecticides. On the other hand the thiabendazole was found to be able to penetrate the peels of the apple, and it was a fungicide.
Then during the research the team washed the apples in three different liquids: a commercial bleach solution that was approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a 1% water/baking soda solution and tap water. The most commonly used liquid for product cleaning is the commercial bleaching solution!
But with the final results, it was concluded that the 2 minute soak in the bleach solution or the 2 minute tap water running removed two times less pesticides, than the 2 minute soak in the baking soda solution. But it took about 15 minutes to completely get rid of the pesticides on the apples.
How to Use Baking Soda to Wash Produce?
Since the baking soda is an alkaline salt and creates an effective and eco-friendly produce wash, it can be used on hard-skinned fruits and veggies, to scrub the pesticides off of them.
The use of baking soda for this purpose is very simple. You only need to add a couple of tablespoons of the baking soda in a larger bowl of water where the veggies or fruits will be soaked, and then you can leave the inside for about 5 minutes before you clean them with cold, fresh water. Or you can get a brush, and then rub each product with some baking soda and water.
This method is mostly used to clean pesticides from products such as musk melons, because they have crannies and nooks of different kinds and they are prone on trapping dirt and microbes.