Baking soda is widely used in the kitchen. One of its many uses is to wash off the toxic pesticides from fruits and vegetables. It represents an alkaline salt that eliminates up to 96% of the pesticide residue from fruits and vegetables in an eco-friendly way.

What you need to do is to brush fruits and vegetables with baking soda using a produce brush. Moreover, in a bowl of water, you can add several tablespoons of baking soda and soak the fruits and vegetables for a few minutes.

A new study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found out that baking soda mixed with water removes nearly all toxic pesticide residues on the fruit within 15 minutes. It has been shown that baking soda is more effective than the bleaching agents used to remove pesticides.

According to the researchers, baking soda breaks down all toxic pesticides due to its highly-alkaline pH, which causes harmful chemicals to break down into tiny, harmless molecules.

In addition, as part of the study, phosmet and thiabendazole, common pesticides, were applied to gala apples. After that, the apples were washed with 1% baking soda solution, a bleach solution and tap water. It was found out that baking soda mixed with water was the most effective method for eliminating pesticides from fruits and vegetables. In other words, baking soda washed off 80 % of thiabendazole and 96 % of phosmet.

Other uses of baking soda

Baking soda is one of the most versatile products, which can be used to:

• Clean thermos, refrigerators and microwaves
• Get rid of tea and coffee stains
• Tenderize meat
• Eliminate stubborn grease stains from pans
• Freshen breath
• Ease heartburn
• Keep trays and bins fresh
• Get whiter clothes
• Clean carpets
• Exfoliate skin
• Remove bad fridge odor

The use of pesticides in agriculture significantly contributed to an increase in productivity. Nevertheless, pesticide residue may remain on the produce and thus contribute to dietary intake of pesticides.

The research shows that baking soda is the most effective way in eliminating phosmet and thiabendazole in and on fruits and vegetables.