Sodium bicarbonate is effective in removing dirt and pesticides from fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are washed with water in which baking soda was dissolved - one tablespoon per liter of water. You can also prepare the sprayer which is filled with a solution of vinegar and water in a ratio of 50:50 and added small amount of baking soda. A similar recipe was also presented with Oprah. This is sprayed onto the fruit and vegetables, and left for 5 to 15 minutes, then washed with water. Research has shown that the pesticides and toxins are mainly eliminated from the surface of fruit and vegetables. In any case, it is most advisable to wash the lettuce, because studies have shown the presence of the most common pesticides, often in very high quantities. With all the fruits and vegetables is recommended to perform a specified cleaning.
Washing fruits and vegetables with baking soda
Baking soda is an ideal tool to thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables. In order to thoroughly remove dirt, residues of the earth, wax, parasites or pesticide residues from the surface of fruits and vegetables is enough one tablespoon of baking soda, which is dissolved in water.
When using baking soda to wash fruits and vegetables there are three important things to know:
First, the effectiveness of baking soda when washing fruits and vegetables is scientifically proven. Compared to washing with water only, the addition of baking soda significantly improve washing efficiency.
Second, baking soda dissolves in water that is odorless and tasteless. This means that the fruit and vegetables with a final rinsing with pure water is easy to remove any soda. But even if we are in this somewhat superficial, this does not affect the taste or smell of fruits and vegetables, since, as already mentioned, baking soda, is odorless and tasteless.
And not only that, any sloppiness in the final rinse shall not otherwise affect the quality of fruit and vegetables, because Arm and Hammer baking soda is suitable for human consumption.
Leafy vegetables and fruits with delicate shell (eg. strawberry) for 10 minutes dive into the water in which you had dissolved baking soda and then rinse under the tap.
For non-leafy vegetables or fruit with a harder shell (tomatoes and peppers or apples, peaches, plums, etc…) you can use a mixture of three parts baking soda and one part water and with this paste rub the surface of the fruit or vegetables and then rinse under the tap.