The baking soda is such an amazing product with many usages. You can treat heartburn with it, clean your white clothes, and according to the newest researches you can also use the baking soda to remove around 96% of the pesticides located on your vegetables and fruits.
The researchers from the University of Massachusetts made one research using gala apples in order to discover how efficient the baking soda is for cleaning them.
For this research, they used the 2 very common pesticides and those are thiabendazole and phosmet and they applied them on the apples. The first one represents a fungicide which is already known that it can penetrate the apple peel, while the second one is also one known insecticide.
After this the researchers washed the apples using 3 different liquids, the first one was tap water, the second a solution from baking soda and water and the third a commercial bleach solution approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
The results showed that the solution with baking soda was the most efficient and removed more pesticides for 2 minutes period when the apples were soaked in it, in comparison to the other 2 methods. However, 12-15 minutes were necessary for the baking soda solution to completely clean the apples.
How to use it:
You can use the baking soda to scrub the fruits and vegetables in order to remove the pesticides.
You can also use it to make a wash solution; you can mix several tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl of water and then soak the fruits and vegetables. Don’t forget to wash them with fresh cold water after this.
You can also use a brush in the scrubbing process if you like, especially for the muskmelons because there is a lot of dirt between the rinds.