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Make Your Fruits Chemical Free At Home with These Simple Methods

We know that pesticides and chemicals of various kinds are used throughout cultivation and sometimes even after the fruit has been plucked to ripen it. Therefore it becomes very crucial to make them chemical-free to prevent harmful effects on our health.

Shikha Parewa
Washing Strawberries
Washing Strawberries

Have you washed your apple before consuming it? Or, at least, did you rub it off your shirt? But it wouldn't make a difference. Washing/rubbing would not fulfill the aim of cleaning because washing alone would not remove the pesticides and chemicals from your fruits.

Now you can enjoy your chemical-free fruits with these easy methods:

Wash your fruits and vegetables before eating them:

According to the Centre for Science and Environment, washing fruits with 2% saltwater removes the majority of contact pesticide residues that ordinarily develop on the surface of vegetables and fruits. Coldwater washing removes around 75 to 80% of pesticide residue.

Wash with saltwater:

This is possibly the most basic. All you need is a large mixing basin, salt, and water. Soak the fruits in two tablespoons of salt in four cups of warm water for 30-60 minutes. After that, give it a good rinse with cold water. However, this method is not suitable for berries, which can be harmed by the soak and wind up tasting salty.

Use of Baking Soda:

According to some studies, soaking fruits in baking soda can lower contamination levels by up to 96%. All you have to do is fill a large bowl halfway with water. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to this. Mix well and add the fruits you want to clean. Allow it to soak for a few moments.
Consider giving the fruit a good clean with a brush. If the fruit's outer skin is thin, skip this step. Enjoy the fruit after wiping it with a dry towel.

Wash with vinegar:

This is an alternative to soaking the fruits in saltwater. In a large mixing basin, combine four parts of water and one part of vinegar. Soak all of your fruits in this mixture for 30-60 minutes. After that, give it a good rinse with cold water. This will help to eliminate contaminants and keep your fruit fresh for a longer period of time without spoiling it.

These are some easy methods through which you can enjoy your favorite fruits without any fear of chemicals and other contaminations.  

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