How to Use Baking Soda to Wash Fruits and Vegetables

fruits and vegetables

Do you worry about pesticides on your fruits and vegetables?

Studies have shown that baking soda can remove some types of pesticides from produce.

That’s why in this article I’ll show you how I use baking soda to wash fruits and vegetables.

Try the steps below the next time you bring home some from the market.

What you’ll need:

4-6 tablespoons of Baking Soda
A large pot (Some use the sink. I prefer a big pot.)

Steps on How to Use Baking Soda to Wash Fruits and Vegetables:

1. Wash your hands with soap and water. Your hands may have germs on them, which could contaminate the fruits/vegetables. Don’t skip this step.

2. Fill the pot about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way with water. Make sure there’s enough to soak the entire fruit/vegetable.

fill bowl with water

3. Then add the baking soda. Swirl it a little to spread it around.

add baking soda

4. Soak the fruits/vegetables in the water and baking soda solution for 10-15 minutes. Relax and let the baking soda work its magic.

soak fruits in baking soda and water

5. Remove the fruits/vegetables from the pot.

6. Dry thoroughly with a clean cloth or tissue paper.

4 Reasons Why You Should Use Baking Soda For Washing Produce

1. First, it can remove pesticides from fruits and vegetables. I could just stop right there.

Pesticides have been linked to so many health issues. So knowing for a fact that baking soda can remove some pesticides on my produce is enough reason for me.

2. Baking soda is an odorless and non-toxic ingredient. Your eyes and nose will thank you.

3. It’s cheap and readily available. You probably already have some in your kitchen.

4. Environmentally friendly

Sanitize the Sink First

If you choose to use the sink, make sure you sanitize it first. Germs might be present and could contaminate the produce.

That’s the reason why I prefer using a big pot for washing fruits and vegetables rather than a sink.

Visible Dirt on the Produce

Don’t forget to check the produce for dirt.

If you notice any, gently scrub it off with your fingers or clean brush.

Be extra gentle with soft fruits like ripe mangoes and peaches because they bruise easily.

For leafy vegetables like spinach, check each leaf and stem for dirt.


Now you know a simple and inexpensive way to clean fruits and vegetables. Your family can now enjoy them with less dirt and pesticides.

Baking soda did it again!

Are you looking for more practical ways of using baking soda around the kitchen? See this article about deodorizing your fridge.

Thanks for reading and until next time.

-Baking Soda Guy

Top photo by Oleg Magni from Pexels