Most of us wouldn’t say ‘no’ to a bowl of crunchy salad or fruit. Its low calorie, is jam-packed with antioxidants, fibre and vitamins and makes for a great snack or light meal. Unfortunately, many of us may not be washing the raw produce as thoroughly as we should and could be ingesting pesticides with each mouthful of crunchy goodness.
Most produce available in the supermarket (unless its certified organic) is coated with pesticides and preservatives that cannot be removed with a quick rinse or long soak in tap water. Going to extremes using soap / bleach to wash your produce is just as harmful, so if you are guilty of this, its time to stop before you do more harm than good.
Produce wash can be expensive, but washing away most of the pesticides and bacteria found on non organic vegetables and fruits is necessary for good health and to avoid ingesting possible carcinogenic chemicals – so here is a tried and tested method that we use and love, because its cheap yet effective and involves using products you most likely already have in your kitchen cabinet.
Here’s what you will need:
1 cup of water
2 tablespoons of baking soda
1/2 cup of white vinegar (pour the vinegar in slowly to avoid a chemical reacting that will have it overflowing like a volcano) into a spray bottle or glass jar. It will fizz up, so give it time to settle down.
Place produce into a bowl, shake your bottle of home made cleaner and spray or pour it all over your produce and leave it to soak for about 5-10 minutes. Then, depending on the produce, massage it in or scrub with your hands or a small soft brush, and rinse to remove any residue – and you will be left with cleaner and healthier produce for your salad!