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Treehouse Tips: Remove Pesticides With Salt And Vinegar

Team member Ida Keung posts daily tips on sustainable living. See all of her Treehouse Tips by clicking here.

If you can’t always buy organic fruits and vegetables, but you’re concerned about the wax and chemicals that may have been used on your produce, what can you do? Using hot water or soaking fruit and produce for lengthy periods of time to rinse them off will cause precious nutrients to leach into the water.

How about giving salt and vinegar a try? Vinegar and other citric acids are particularly tough on waxy preservatives and other oily residues. You can mix yourself a wash spray of one part vinegar, two parts water and two tbsp. of salt to spray down your fruits and vegetables before giving them a good scrub and rinsing. This mixture will also help to loosen dirt, kill bacteria, and remove herbicides and pesticides.

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  1. clayton #

    I know a few ppl that use vinegar to clean. It is such a much better idea than using dangerous detergents. Who wants to eat bleach and soap? Not me.

    March 7, 2011

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