Most of the fruits and vegetables we buy in markets are loaded with pesticides. It might not look like it, but they are actually covered in pesticide residue which is tough to get rid of even if you wash them under water. According to some studies, apples, pears, tomatoes, peppers, beets, celery and leafy greens are the produce that is most exposed to pesticides, and we’re rarely aware of it.

If you want to get all the pesticide residue off the produce you buy, washing with water only isn’t going to help. Luckily, following the tips you can see below can.

Here’s how to remove all pesticides from the produce you buy at the market:

Use warm water

If you want to clean your fruits and veggies well, you need to use warm water. Only warm water will make them safe to eat, but don’t use scalding hot water in order not to burn your hands.

Salt water

Some fruits and veggies have a higher amount of pesticides on them, which must be removed with something stronger like salt water. Fill a bowl with hot water and add ½ a teaspoon of table salt, then soak your fruits and vegetables in the mixture for up to 5 minutes. Give them a wash under a stream of hot water afterwards, and they should be safe to eat.


Most of the pesticides on the produce in the markets contain sulfonylurea, organochlorines, organophosphates, pyreathoids and carbamates which can serious endanger our health. These compounds can enter the outer layer of fruit and veggies and reach the peel, and will certainly enter your body easily. Luckily, soaking your produce in a mixture of water and vinegar will destroy all these compounds and make your fruits and vegetables pretty much safe to eat.

Lose the peel

When it comes to apples, oranges, avocados, ginger, beets, carrots, potatoes and radishes it’s better to remove the peel. It often contains a high concentration of pesticides which can put your health in danger. Simply peel the produce first, then give it a final wash under water and you can use them in your meals.

DIY cleaning spray

Mix a tablespoon of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of baking soda well, then add a cap of water and pour the mixture in a spray bottle. Spray this mixture on your fruits and veggies to clean the pesticide buildup properly.

Use a cloth

Cleaning produce before cooking it is of vital importance. After giving the fruits and veggies a water rinse, you should clean them with a damp cloth. This will eliminate any pesticide traces that couldn’t be removed by water and make them safe for consumption.

Besides these 6 tricks, blanching produce also works well. However, for best results, we suggest consuming organic produce from a trusted source. They may be costly, but hey, it’s your health we’re talking about.