We should try to eat organic as much as possible. At times it may not be possible, or you might not be sure if the food is organic. Use this home recipe to clean fruits and vegetables. It will remove pesticide residues.
You can safely disinfect your home and food without exposing your family to toxic synthetic chemicals. You can make your own inexpensive sprays using this simple recipe that actually works better at disinfecting than any commercial synthetic disinfectant. All you have to purchase is some fresh 3% hydrogen peroxide from the drugstore and some plain white or apple cider vinegar from the grocery store. Put them full strength in their own clean spray bottles.
To safely disinfect vegetables or fruit, just spray or thoroughly mist them using each of the vinegar and the hydrogen peroxide spray bottles (in either order). Then rinse off the produce under running water. With the same method, using first one spray and then the other, you can also safely and effectively disinfect food preparation surfaces and other washable surfaces and materials. You won’t cause stains on most surfaces, nor will you have any lingering taste of vinegar or hydrogen peroxide on your food, and you will not harm yourself, your family or the environment.
Numerous studies show that a straight 5% solution of vinegar, such as you buy from the grocery store, kills 99% of bacteria, 82% of mold and 80% of viruses, all by itself.
In tests run at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the pairing of the two mists killed virtually all Salmonella, Shigella, or E. coli bacteria on heavily contaminated food and surfaces, making this spray combination more effective at killing these potentially lethal bacteria than chlorine bleach or any commercially available kitchen cleaner.
The best results came from using one mist right after the other. This method is ten times more effective than using either spray by itself and is also more effective than mixing the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide in one sprayer.