Sodium bicarbonate can be used in so many ways. It can cures heartburn, clean white clothes, and can remove up to 95% of the pesticides which can be found in veggies and fruits.
A group of experts from the Massachusetts University used apples to find out whether the baking soda is efficient enough to clean the fruits. In this study, they applied the following 2 pesticides: phosmet and thiabendazole to gala apples.
The first one is a popular insecticide whereas the second one is a fungicide which can penetrate into the apple peels.
Scientists washed the apples which were contaminated with 3 different liquids, such as: tap water, a 1% baking soda and water solution, and a bleach solution which was approved by the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States.
The results proved that the apples which were washed in a baking soda solution for 2 minutes had smaller amount of pesticides rather than the apples soaked in the bleach solution for 2 minutes, or those washed in the tap water.
12 minutes were needed for the apples in the baking soda solution to eliminate the pesticides which were used in this
How to Use Baking Soda to Wash Products
Baking soda scrubs the pesticide residue from the hard-skinned fruits and veggies. Being an alkaline salt, baking soda makes an eco-friendly produce wash.
Just add several tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl of water before soaking the veggies and fruits. Then, put the produce in it. Prior to this, rinse them with cold water. This method is amazing for things like melons since their rinds contain all kinds of crannies and nooks that love to attract microbes and dirt.