Simple Trick Removes Pesticides from Your Vegetables & Fruits

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-09-08 09:04:45 -0500
Started 2012-08-20 08:26:10 -0500

Since Veggies are such a big part of our everyday diets, I thought this information might be helpful for everyone. It's all about vinegar. White distilled, apple cider and organic vinegars with the mother still included.

Here is part of the article:

White Vinegar—A Great Non-Toxic Cleaner and Herbicide Ingredient

Distilled white vinegar is the type of vinegar you'll want to use for cleaning and laundry. Toward the end of this article I'll also share Garrett's recipe for a non-toxic weed killer formula, which calls for white vinegar. Vinegar and water makes an excellent window cleaner, for example, and vinegar combined with hydrogen peroxide works exceptionally well as both a disinfectant and sanitizer. According to Garrett:

"Sprinkling white vinegar atop a dusting of baking soda is terrific for cleaning sinks, tubs, tile floors and other surfaces. For cleaning, it can be diluted with water as much as 50-50. For the herbicide, it should be used full strength. In all cases, the products to buy in this category are true vinegars made by distilling grain alcohol. For the purists, there is organic white vinegar made from corn."

Avoid 20% Vinegar

Garrett warns against using 20 percent vinegar, which is made from 99 percent glacial ascetic acid, stating it's far stronger than you'd ever really need, in addition to being overly expensive. Perhaps more importantly, this type of vinegar is actually a petroleum derivative, which is dangerous to breathe and can be damaging to your eyes and skin.

"One final warning is that some of the 10 percent vinegars being sold to naïve organic gardeners are the fake 20 percent product that has been cut with water. Proper vinegars should have on the label that they are made from distilled grain alcohol or other similar language indicating natural products from distilling," Garrett warns.

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5 replies

GabbyPA 2012-09-05 10:45:29 -0500 Report

I have to admit that I did use vinegar as a window cleaner, but my roommates at the time nearly killed me. The smell was so strong after doing all the house windows they were seeing red. I was outside, so it didn't bother me as much.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-09-08 09:04:45 -0500 Report

Vinegar is my emergency kit cleaner. My old job and current one both include some cleaning. When the employer provided cleaners are not available I have my trusty spray bottle. Works on mirrors, granite and formica counters, and sinks, and dishwasher fronts…

Tony5657 2012-09-05 14:17:02 -0500 Report

WOW, thanks Gabby. I had no idea vinegar was so useful, and didn't know there were different types of the "smelly" stuff. Another use for the cheap white vinegar is the removal of soap/lime/calcium build up in tub/shower areas (walls, shower doors, fixtures). We have lots of lime in our water and I use straight "cheap" white vinegar to spray on, let stay for a few minutes, and then brush off the "crapola" with a stiff brush. Then rinse & dry with a soft rag. It works much better than "Limeaway" and other commercial products, but you may want a fan to blow fresh air on you. The smell can get over powering.

It's also good to use to clear faucet aerators and shower heads of lime/calcium build up. Let them soak in it until they're clean, then rinse. It will not hurt the bright finish.

I don't know what type vinegar is in dill pickle juice, but I use that on my salads instead of "normal" dressings. It adds just enough salt for me and has a wonderful taste.

GabbyPA 2012-09-07 14:33:43 -0500 Report

Pickles are best made with white distilled vinegar. I used apple cider in my sweet pickle recipe, and it kind of adds too much flavor to it. I would not like white vinegar alone though on my salad. I would use cider or balsamic vinegars.