If organic produce is simply not affordable, rest assured you can reduce a signiﬁcant amount of pesticide residue by washing your veggies with bi-carb soda.
According to a study in the Journal of Agricultural Food and Chemistry (1), soaking produce for 12-15 minutes in a solution of 30g of baking soda and 3L of water was effective at reducing pesticide residue in non-organic produce. Salt and vinegar have also shown to be beneﬁcial in reducing chemical residue, although vinegar may leave your produce tasting strange.
In the life of a busy mum, washing vegetables for 15 minutes may simply not be possible. Instead, here are some quick methods for washing produce.