Baking soda is a wondrous product that has a lot of versatile uses, like treating heartburn, white clothes maintenance, and now, the latest studies have discovered that this incredible ingredient can eliminate even 96% fruit and vegetable pesticides.
A group of researchers from the Massachusetts University, carried out a study on gala apples to figure out the efficiency of baking soda’s in terms of cleaning the fruits.
Throughout the research, the group applied the two most common pesticides – thiabendazole and Phosmet to natural gala apples. Thiabendazole is a fungicide which has been proven to penetrate apple peels. Phosmet is a famous insecticide, claim experts. Then, the scientists washed the contaminated apples using three separate liquids: tap water, a 1% baking soda/water solution, and a US Environmental Protection Agency approved commercial bleach solution. The commercial bleaching solution was found as the most frequently used liquid in cleaning products.
The outcome of this research revealed that by exposing apples to a baking soda solution for only a couple of minutes got rid of more pesticides than the bleach solution did, or tap water for that matter. However it took 12 to 15 mins in baking soda to eliminate the pesticides implemented in this study entirely.
How to Use Baking Soda?
You can use baking soda to scrub the residue of pesticides from the hard-skinned vegetables and fruits. Considering the fact that baking soda is an alkaline salt, it is certainly an eco-friendly and efficient produce wash.
To prepare it, just add a couple of tbsps of baking soda to a bowl filled with water and let your fruits and vegetables soak in it, which you will do right after thoroughly washing them with some water. Or, sprinkle a bit of baking soda on the product and scrub it with a brush. You might not know it yet, but you are doing a lot for your health!