7 Ways to Remove Pesticides from Vegetables

By Saurabh Shukla

Rinse the vegetables thoroughly under running water. Use a vegetable brush to scrub them gently, especially for vegetables with firm skin like cucumbers or potatoes.

Washing with Water

Create a solution with one part vinegar to three parts of water. Soak the vegetables in this solution for 5-10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with water.

Soaking in Vinegar Solution

Peeling removes a significant portion of pesticides, especially for vegetables with skins or outer layers that can be easily removed. However, keep in mind that some nutrients might be lost.


Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with two cups of water. Soak the vegetables for 15 minutes, then rinse well with water.

Using Baking Soda

Briefly blanching vegetables in boiling water for 1-2 minutes after a pre-wash can help remove pesticides. Transfer to cold water, then rinse thoroughly.


Dissolve salt in water and soak the vegetables for about 15 minutes. Rinse well with water afterward.

Using Salt Water

There are commercial vegetable washes available that are specifically designed to remove pesticides. Follow the instructions on the product label for best results.

Vegetable Washes

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