5. Homemade Cleaning Spray
Many people prefer using cleaning sprays available in the market or mild soapy water to rinse their fruits and vegetables. But this is something you need to avoid at any cost.
Fruits and vegetables have minute pores and when exposed to dish soap or any other cleaning spray, the residue can get trapped in or absorbed through the pores. This is very difficult to rinse off.
What you can do is make your own homemade cleaning solution. Here are three options:
- Add ½ teaspoon of salt to a large bowl of water. Let the produce sit in the solution for a few minutes, then rinse with fresh water. Dry them thoroughly using paper towels.
- Fill a large bowl with water and add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to it. Soak your fruits and vegetables in this solution for 10 minutes, then wash them under tap water. Finally, dry with paper towels.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Dilute this mixture with 1 cup of water and transfer it to a spray bottle. Spray this solution onto your produce, wait for a couple of minutes and wipe it off thoroughly using paper towels.
6. Eat Organic Produce
Buying organic and locally grown fruits and vegetables and in-season produce is another effective assurance of less exposure to harmful chemicals.
It is easy to buy organic or unsprayed locally grown produce from the market. You may have to spend a bit more money, but when it comes to your health and your dear ones, organic produce is the best.
A 2015 study published in Environmental Health Perspectives reports that more frequent consumption of organic produce was associated with lower urinary dialkyl phosphate, which is higher when exposed to pesticides.
Organic fruits and vegetables should also be washed thoroughly before consumption to get rid of any bacteria and other microorganisms that may have deposited on the surface during handling and transportation.
7. Plant Your Own Garden
To be 100 percent certain that you are eating pesticide-free fruits and vegetables, you can plant your own garden and grow your own fresh produce.
A small backyard garden or even terrace gardening can provide you with enough produce, if not year-round produce, for a family of four.
When you are engaged in gardening, you are aware of how you are producing the products and you can replace the need for pesticides and chemical fertilizers with organic materials.
In addition, gardening is a great hobby that has many health benefits. It can help calm your mind, improve your mood, strengthen your bones and muscles, and serve as a great family activity.
However, before consumption, make sure to wash them under running water to remove dust, dirt and other wind-blown contaminants that might have reached your garden.