Cleaning your vegetables

Indian researcher finds easy way to remove pesticides

For people who are worried about pesticide-laden vegetables, Hyderabad researchers have come up with a do-it-yourself solution to protect yourself from poison that might be on your plate. Mix 160 ml of acetic acid with 4 grams of baking soda and concentrated juice of 4 lemons in 4 litres of water. Use this to was your vegetables to ensure that pesticides are removed.

Comparing different cleaning methods revealed that a solution of acetic acid, baking soda, lemon juice and water in right proportions was much more efficient in removing pesticide residues than just water.

The study by Sudhakar S Kelageri -published recently in the Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies- reports that dipping tomatoes for 10 minutes in a solution of 160 ml of acetic acid with 4 grams of baking soda and lemon juice from 4 lemons in 4 litres of water followed by washing off the tomatoes with tap water, could remove pesticides residues in the range of 55-76 percent.

This formulation is developed by All India Network Project on Pesticide Residues at PJTSAU and is named as ‘Veggy wash’.

According to a newindianexpress.com article, the effectiveness of ‘ Veggy wash’ was checked on five pesticides. It was found that Veggy wash could remove 76.7% of dimethoate, 68.8% of lambda-Cyhalothrin, 55.1% of phosalone, 65.3% of flubendiamide and 75.8% of profenofos.


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