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Washing Vegetables and Fruits to Remove Pesticides

I never thought about pesticide residue that could be on my produce before I had Will. And while I thought it was odd that apples in the store were so shiny and glossy, and broccoli had that white patina, I just didn’t put one and one together. Now I am on a mission to remove pesticides from our food.

But while I was pregnant I began learning more and more about organic produce and why pesticides are bad. I was surprised to learn about how supermarket produce can have so much pesticide on it, and that certain fruits and vegetables absorb pesticides. It’s a little scary, actually, and it’s really impacted how I look at supermarket fruits and vegetables.

If I could, I’d have a completely organic kitchen from meat to fruit to veggies … even milk and eggs. But let’s face it: that is an expensive endeavor and, while it is worth it, I just can’t afford it.

(Update: It’s 2019 and I now either grow or buy produce from local pseudo-organic growers at farmers markets. That’s another really easy way to remove pesticides from your food.)

What I can afford is fruit and veggie wash to get the icky stuff — like pesticides — off of my food. I found one that I like at Trader Joe’s a month ago. It’s called Environne ( and is about $4 for the bottle of concentrated fruit and vegetable cleaner.

For easy access, I mix up a lot of the Environee with water in a spray bottle and just keep it next to the sink. Then, when I need to clean pesticides off of our fruits and vegetables, I just spray-spray a bit and rinse the fruits and vegetables off. Easy as pie.

So, if you can’t afford to go completely organic, you don’t have to accept pesticide covered fruit and vegetables. Simply use a fruit and vegetable wash to rinse away the pesticides and keep your family eating well.

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Also, there are particular fruits and veggies that tend to have more pesticides than others, like apples and bell peppers. I try to buy those organic, but then other stuff like bananas, I buy the regular kind.