One of the most versatile and most beneficial products that we all have in our kitchen is the baking soda. Despite that it has found numerous uses in our lives, it is also very effective in getting rid of 90% of the pesticides from vegetables and fruits we buy from the grocery store.
The University of Massachusetts has done a study on gala apples, and how the baking soda is killing the pesticides that lived on the gala apples, and at the end of the study the researchers were amazed by the results.
During the study two of the most common pesticides were added on the gala apples by the researchers, these pesticides were known as phosmet and thiabendazole. The first pesticide is an insecticide, and the second one is a fungicide which means that it is able to penetrate the apple’s skin easily.
Three different types of washing liquids were used. The first one was one percent baking soda/water soution, the second one was tap water and the last one was the most widely used commercial bleach solution, which has been approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA).
The gala apples that were washed or soaked inside the first solution only needed 2 minutes to be pesticide-free. But it took 15 minutes for the solution to get rid of the pesticides 100%, which means that the solution worked perfectly.
The baking soda is an alkaline salt that is able to eliminate the pesticides that live on the skins of the product, but it is eliminating them in a eco-friendly and harmless way.
You only need a large bowl filled with water, and to add a few tablespoons of baking soda inside that bowl. Then get the products, veggies or fruits and soak them inside for a couple of minutes to eliminate all of the pesticides.
Also you can use a brush and directly brush the products with baking soda, that will also be an effective way to get rid of the pesticides. It is mostly useful for muskmelons, because they have rinds that have crannies and nooks which accumulate a lot of microbes and dirt as well.
The baking soda is an ingredient that has found numerous uses in our kitchen as well, and here are some of them:
- Clean your thermos
- Eliminate tea stains from Chia and from coffee
- Deodorize the garbage pail
- Clear the clogged drain
- Clean the cutting board
- Clean the baby accessories and bottles
- Shine the chrome trim and the stainless steel fixtures
- Cleanse the microwave
- Cleanse the fridge
- Deodorize your dishwasher
- Dish washing detergent replacement
- Boost the effects of the dish washing liquid
- Eliminate the bad hand odor
- Decrease the taste of vinegar
- Decrease the acid in recipes
- Eliminate fish smells
- Tenderize the meat
- Fluff your omelets
- Bake the beans better
- Cleanse the cast-iron cookware
- Cleanse the automatic coffee machine
- Cleanse the grease stains on the stovetops