DIY Pesticide-Removing Produce Washes

DIY Pesticide-Zapping Produce Washes

Free of Unwanted Chemicals


While some [commercial pesticide removal treatments] sound great, their ingredients can sometimes list an ironically high amount of chemicals…”

~Samantha Dupler


Whenever possible check with the latest Environmental Working Group (EWG) Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce and purchase organic produce for the top pesticide residue containing fruits and vegetables.  All produce should be thoroughly washed prior to eating but for non-organic produce use these recipes to make your own pesticide remover. Why bother?  Many pesticides are oil-based so simply washing with water is often not enough to remove the pesticide residue. In addition, non-organic pesticides may also contain antibiotics and both non-organic and organic pesticides may contain MSG.  These pesticide-removing recipes (and several variations on them) can be readily found on the Internet; they are free of the unwanted synthetic chemicals—and costs—of commercial versions and super easy to make.



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DIY Pesticide Remover-1


Mix in spray bottle: 2 cups of tap water, 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 2 tablespoons lemon juice


Spritz your produce thoroughly.  Let mixture remain on produce for 2-3 minutes.  Rinse thoroughly under running water.



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DIY Pesticide Remover-2 (concentrated)

Check out the latest scientific study findings on what the research has found about baking soda as the most effective ingredient for removing pesticides from produce.


Mix in spray bottle: 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon lemon juice.


Spritz your produce thoroughly.  Let mixture remain on produce for 5 minutes.  Rinse thoroughly under running water.




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