Rinsing Toxic Pesticides from Fruits and Veggies

Eating organic fruits and vegetables is a wise choice for staying healthy, but did you know that even these can have residues of toxic pesticides? Thankfully, there’s a quick and simple step you can take to clean them– and it’s especially smart if your produce is grown in conventional ways.

Sometimes organic plots of land are located right next to conventional farms and the pesticide spray from crop dusters and other methods can travel with the wind landing on even the best-tended organic orchards and veggie plots.


The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry publish a study comparing various solutions for washing fruits and veggies that included simply water, Clorox bleach solution (crazy idea!) and a baking soda solution.

“The baking soda was found to be the most effective to remove pesticide residues both on the surface and beneath the skin of apples.” 


  • Fill a large bowl with water and one teaspoon of baking soda
  • Soak your veggies and/or fruit for 2-3 minutes
  • Rinse, pat dry and serve

One caution about berries. If you wash them under water and then store them, the increased moisture will accelerate the growth of microflora and mold– that’s really toxic to your health! It’s always best to rinse them with the baking soda solution, gently pat them dry, and either eat them fresh or refrigerate them till you’re ready.

This simple tip will enhance the safety of the fruits and veggies you are choosing to make part of your health regimen. Even small steps can make a big difference in life of wellness and longevity. Here’s to you and your loved ones living fully Healed, Healthy and Whole!

(Acknowledgements to Food Revolution Network for some source material in this article)