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10 ways to get rid of pesticides in your fruits and veggies

Pesticides In Your Fruits

Eating a fresh fruit right after it is plucked is only a dream for many. By the time it reaches our table, it is layered with bacteria, pesticides and fertilizers. With news of adulteration of our daily foods doing rounds, it is difficult for many of us to choose what to eat. Here we have listed 10 ways in which we can get rid of this contamination and make fruits and vegetables safe enough for consumption:

Washing thoroughly:

Washing fruits and vegetables thoroughly will help you get rid of impurities stuck on the outer surface of these foods. Vegetables like potatoes and fruits like sapodilla (chikoo) often have dirt residues stuck on their peels. Washing them in cold water with soft hands will help you get rid of these impurities if you wish to consume these foods with their peels.

Salt water:

Soaking fruits and veggies in salt water can help get rid of impurities along with chemicals and pesticides. This is because salt keeps bacteria from growing by killing them.

Salt water:

Soaking fruits and veggies in salt water can help get rid of impurities along with chemicals and pesticides. This is because salt keeps bacteria from growing by killing them.


Blanching is a French process of cooking, where in fruits and vegetables are exposed to extreme temperatures. Blanching is also an effective way to get rid of chemicals and pesticides. To blanch a vegetable or fruit, boil water, soak the food item in this water for 15 seconds to 1 minute (depending on the vegetable), and transfer to a bowl with iced water. By doing this, the impurities will be removed.

Lemon/citric acid:

Lemon or citric acid juice mixed in water is antimicrobial. This means that this solution will destroy the germs and bacteria present on the fruits and vegetables. All you need is juice of half a lemon or of any citric fruit to get rid of these germs.

Brushing off the wax coating:

The most common fruit found with wax coating are apples. The best way to know if the wax is there is by scratching the peel with a blade or knife or even your nails. There are food brushes available in the market that can help you get rid of wax coating.

Make your own spray:

Preparing a solution in your home is one of the most economical ways of getting rid of chemicals and pesticides on your foods. For this, you will need lemon juice, baking soda and water. Blend them and spray this solution on fruits and veggies. Let it stay for 8-10 minutes and rinse off. This can help you get rid of such chemicals.

Already available commercial washes:

There are many formulated commercial sprays available in the market that you can buy. However, these should be sprayed in moderation as they may also be composed of a few chemicals.

Turmeric water:

Turmeric is an age old Indian trick to get rid of impurities and bacteria from foods. Dissolving 1 teaspoon turmeric in water and submerging fruits and veggies in this solution will be beneficial.

White vinegar solution:

This method requires you to use 10 per cent vinegar and 90 per cent water. Once the mixture is prepared, let the fruits and vegetables sit in this solution for 15-20 minutes. Thoroughly rinse afterwards. This helps as vinegar will reduce the pesticide residue. However, it will not get rid the fruits and vegetables of pesticides completely. Refrain from doing the same on fragile fruits like berries.


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