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  • Lydia Cotter - Naturopath

DIY Pesticide Cleaner

Do you wash your fruit and veggies before eating them?

Recently I asked a group of people if they washed fruit or veg before eating them and was surprised how many said ‘NO’.

Fruit and veggies (even some certified organic produce) have been exposed to pesticides at some stage in their growth. Often residues remain on them when we buy and consume them.

Ever noticed wax or white coating on apples, grapes or zucchini? That’s the pesticide residue!

Sadly exposure to pesticides are linked to many health conditions including asthma, digestive complaints, memory disorders, skin problems, cancer, neurological conditions, depression and diabetes.

Rinsing your fruit of vegetables in cold water may not be enough to remove all traces.

Here are two easy ways to naturally remove these harmful pesticides off your produce.

Natural cleaning spay

You'll need:

  • 1 small spray bottle

  • 1 cup water,

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda

A simple cleaning spray can be made by combining 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Add all ingredients into a spray bottle. Spray your produce and let it sit for 2 minutes before washing it off.

30 second natural cleaning soak

This cleaning soak is great for bunches or bowls of fruit and veggies.

You'll need:

  • 1 bowl (large enough to fit your produce)

  • 1 tablespoon of organic white vinegar

  • warm water to fill the bowl.

Pour a tablespoon of organic white vinegar into a large bowl of warm water. Let the fruit or vegetables soak for 30 seconds, and then rinse them off.

It doesn’t make your fruit or vegetables taste like vinegar, I promise.

Enjoy and be your healthiest self!

Images: HelloGlow, OurLittleGreenDot

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