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Baking Soda Is The Key To Thoroughly Cleaning Your Fruit
By Madalyn Mackarey
The list of gunk found on fresh fruit can seem endless, so the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend washing all produce, even if you don’t consume the outer peel.
Instead of a quick rinse, thoroughly wash your fruit in a cold water baking soda bath. After 12-15 minutes and a bit of stirring, your fruit will come out dirt-free.
For a sink bath, plug the sink, fill it with cold water, and add a few tablespoons of baking soda. For a bowl, 1 teaspoon of baking soda for every 2 cups of water will suffice.
Add the fruit to the soak and swirl them around, letting them soak for no longer than 15 minutes. In addition to removing dirt and bacteria, baking soda breaks down pesticides.
Scrub the surface of any harder fruits with rougher skin with a brush to easily lift out the dirt and gunk the baking soda softened up for you. Rinse the fruit off and pat dry.