Today it is very difficult to find vegetables and fruit that is not sprayed. The choice of buying organic fruits and vegetables in our country is still weak, these foods are often imported but not fresh, tend to be of lower quality and unfortunately – too expensive for many. If you are not lucky enough to have a garden and to grow your own food, what to do? Washing under water only removes mechanical impurities and a small part of pesticides while individuals use mild dish washing liquid and a brush, and then peel the bark, which is full of nutrients. Although in this way fruits and vegetables are washed much better than just with water, it still is not enough to remove pesticide residues.
In various studies with the removal of a pesticidal residue has been proven that a variety of methods can remove the rest of the pesticide for – 75%. Of course it is not possible to solve all 100% because pesticides reach deep inside, but these 75% is excellent.
6 Steps to eat cleaner:
1. The best option is of course – eat your fruits and vegetables organically grown.
2. If this is not possible – try to find and buy fresh and quality fruits and vegetables with certificate of eco and bio.
3. If this is not possible, buy vegetables and fruits with relatives or sellers on the land which are grown locally and picked fresh.
4. Choose fruits that are known to be “clean” according to the list of EWG. Read about it in detail here. Please note that generally most sprayed fruit are – apples, strawberries, grapes, blueberries, peaches and nectarines, and most sprayed vegetables are – celery, spinach, lettuce, red bell peppers, cucumbers, potatoes and cherry tomatoes.
5. OK, you bought fruit and vegetables for which you are not sure if is sprayed – and now what? First things first:
Wash it very well and brush the fruits and vegetables under lukewarm water with a little very mild eco washer. Rinse well.
Note: Only brush the mushrooms and wipe them. Remember to wash melons very well before cutting because their bark litter microbes, and if they aren’t wash with bark, the knife will only bring them in! Discard the outer leaves of leafy vegetables.
Take a large bowl and soak in it the fruits in a solution of water and buying one (bio stores) or a local means of removing pesticides. You can make use of for this purpose and previously clean the sink. Here’s how:
1 tablespoon of sea salt on cup of water. Soak for half an hour, and rinse.
Make a solution of 1: 4 of white vinegar and water. Soak for half an hour, and rinse. Sprayed apples soak longer. Vinegar can neutralize most of the bacteria and pesticides that are on fresh ingredients.
Note: Take a look at the water in which are the soaked fruits and vegetables and you will see what is all out …
Make your own removal spray for pesticides
Follow these two recipes for homemade removal spray for pesticides …
1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 1 cup of water. Stir until soda is dissolved and pour into a spray bottle. Sprayed on fruits and vegetables and leave for 15 minutes. Wash away.
A cup of water, a cup of white vinegar, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, a few drops of grapefruit seed extract (an excellent natural antibiotic – optional) – mix all of this very well. Pour into a spray bottle and spray the fruit and vegetables. Let it stand for about 15 minutes. Wash away. You can peel the crust if you like.
Eat and drink clean – think and live clean – leaving behind you clean.