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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR VEGETABLES AND KITCHEN BENCHES

Do you know what's on and in your food?

Unless its organic we don't know that the food we are eating is probably loaded with chemicals.  Many of them are used in the production of food - drugs for raising livestock, pesticides, steroids, fertilizers etc.  Pesticides and fertilizers put a huge toxic load on us and the earth.  Pesticides pollute the soil, crops, rivers, groundwater and the people that work on farms, not to mention wildlife.  Some pesticides are deemed to toxic for Western countries and are then shipped off to Third World countries.  Because a lot of our produce is imported we ingest them if we are buying imported fruit and vegetables, whether they are fresh, frozen or canned.  
One way to safeguard against some of these toxins is to thoroughly wash fruit and vegetables before eating, especially if they are not organic.  Water alone won't cut it!  The white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide solution below, discovered in 1998 by Susan Sumner, is the best and least expensive way to remove harmful chemicals and is non-toxic.

FULL STRENGTH VINEGAR AND HYDROGEN PEROXIDE IS THE BEST

Susan Sumner, a food scientist at Virginia at Polytechnic Institute and State University, in Blacksburg, discovered an easy yet effective method of cleaning produce by spraying them first with vinegar, then with hydrogen peroxide, or vice-versa. She told Science News Online“If the acetic acid [vinegar] got rid of 100 organisms, the hydrogen peroxide would get rid of 10,000, and the two together would get rid of 100,000.” Apparently, this method was found to be more effective than chlorine and other commercial products.  Use this solution to clean down kitchen bench-tops, harmful bacteria will be removed.

How To Clean With Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide

1. Fill a clean bottle with full strength vinegar (white or apple cider).
2. Fill another clean bottle with full strength 3% hydrogen peroxide, which you can get at chemists or on-line.  
3. Spray produce with one, then the other. It doesn’t really matter which you spray with first.
4. Rinse with water.

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