2 Simple Tricks to Remove Pesticides From Fruits & Vegetables


Today, more than 65% of the produce samples analyzed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture actually test positive for pesticide residue.  This means that unless you solely buy certified organic fruits and vegetables, you are likely consuming a number of chemicals daily.

To inform the public about these dangers, and educate them on how to stay healthy, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes an annual report of the dirtiest, and cleanest, fruits and vegetables you can buy.  Their worst list is called the ‘Dirty Dozen’, and these are the 12 items you should make sure to buy organic.

The twelve offenders on the EWG’s current ‘Dirty Dozen’ list are:

7.Sweet bell peppers
8.Nectarines (imported)
10.Cherry tomatoes
11.Snap peas (imported)

And the fruits and veggies with the least pesticides are:  

2.Sweet corn
5.Sweet peas (frozen)
15.Sweet potatoes

No matter what, though, whichever fruits and vegetables you purchase, you should make sure to clean them thoroughly before eating.

Ways to make fruits and vegetables safe for eating

There are some easy ways to clean up your produce and make it safer to eat.  Both of these methods are cheap, too. You do not have to buy any expensive ‘washes’ as you may have seen in the store. No, you can clean up your vegetables and fruit with simple items that are probably already in your kitchen.

White Vinegar

The first option is to use white vinegar.  You can purchase distilled white vinegar pretty cheaply in your grocery or big box store. Simply create a mixture of water and white vinegar, and then soak your produce in it.  The mixture will be 90% water and 10% white vinegar.  Soak your fruits and vegetables for about 15 minutes and then rinse.

You will notice that the bowl of water has plenty of dirt and residue left in it.  This is fine for almost all fruits, but since berries have more porous skin, they may take on a vinegary taste, so do not use this method for them.  Instead, you can use lemon juice in place of the vinegar.

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Salt Water

The second option is just as simple: Salt water.  Combine 98% water and 2% salt.  Soak again for about 15 minutes.  This rinse will remove most of the contact pesticide residue from the surface of your fruits and vegetables.

Always be thorough when washing your produce, even if it is organic.  Washing, when you are diligent about it, will typically remove about 80% of the pesticides on your food.

Wash carefully, in cold water, to protect your family’s health.






Liu Jiao
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  • Bloody Bill

    Does nothing to remove toxins from the flesh of the fruit/vegetable


    You cannot wash off the systemic pesticides used today on crops! The toxic poisons are inside every fiber of the plant. It CANNOT BE WASHED OFF. This article has false information in it. Only buy NON-GMO, ORGANIC produce, or LOCAL NON-GMO, organically produced produce, whether certified or not , IF you know the farmer and source. Better yet, grow your own produce.

    • susanstop

      agree 100%

    • susanstop

      Do the white carnation test. Put a white carnation in a glass of water dyed with food coloring. The carnation will soak it up and become green. Try to wash that off! Same thing for pesticides.

    • Ray

      Buy "Organic" for another reason, they don't use "Sludge"as fertilizer. "Sludge" is processed human waste from all your happy neighbors. You know the ones that are taking all those prescription drugs and eating GMO foods with a boatload of chemicals in them. Oh and the heavy metals, don't forget those. "Sludge" only has to be free of certain pathogens like E-Coli, the rest can stay they can't possibly hurt. REMEMBER, "SLUDGE" from your neighbor's rectum right to your mouth. NOM NOM NOM NOM

  • Guest2

    So is it best not to wash them at all? How manu growers you can get organic F/G?

  • Alex L.

    The article did not say you can remove all pesticides off produce but that washing will remove "most" of the surface ones.

  • guest3

    Be sure to use ORGANIC white vinegar! Non-organic white vinegar is made from GMO corn and ammonia is used in the manufacturing process.

  • registrar

    I have been washing veggies in salt water or baking soda for years to get the dirt, grit and bugs off. I strive for organic non gmo foods.

    Mostly I brew my own vinegar. I strive for organic non gmo foods.

    I challenge the notion the ammonia is part of the process when making white vinegar commercially . It does not make chemical reaction sense.

    As we strive to educate our selves and others it is important that we refrain from spreading balderdash.

    DISTILLED WHITE VINEGAR is made from distilled alcohol. I have no doubt Heinz is made with GMO corn .