Baking soda is truly a magical product with many practical and amazing uses. It can treat heartburn, clean stubborn stains, and more. According to latest studies, this wonderful ingredient can even get rid of 96% of the pesticides on your produce.
One team of researchers conducted a study at the University of Massachusetts to determine how efficiently could baking soda remove the pesticides on gala apples.
During testing, the researchers used 2 common pesticides: phosmet and thiabendazole on organic gala apples.
Thiabendazole is a fungicide that can easily penetrate the apple peels. That is why people usually use phosmet. To wash the contaminated apples, the researchers used 3 different liquids: tap water, water/baking soda solution, and commercial bleach.
The commercial bleach solution is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Plus, this particular bleach solution is the most common liquid for cleaning produce.
The results proved that submerging the apples in the baking soda solution for at least 2 minutes, helped remove far more pesticides than the popular bleach solution, or rinsing them with tap water.
But, it took 15 minutes for the baking soda solution to remove all the pesticides from the fruit, said the researchers.