Remember my raging insecurities about Organic Mom?
Well, she may buy all of her produce at Whole Paycheck, but I don’t have that kind of coin. So I pick and choose and do the best I can. By now, we all know that certain fruits and veggies–like apples, celery, and peaches–tend to harbor more pesticide residues than foods like pineapple and asparagus (you can download the Environmental Working Group shopping guide here).
But some of that pesticide residue can also be washed away. Vigorously washing fruits and vegetables can reduce pesticide deposits by 30 percent, according to a recent research review published in Food and Chemical Toxicology. (What’s vigorous? Either rubbing produce or swirling it in a colander under running water for at least 15 seconds.)
My husband has a thing for our Norwex Fruit and Vegetable Scrub Cloth, which he uses each morning to meticulously wash the Granny Smith apple he packs in his lunch. There’s a rough side for removing dirt and pesticides and a smooth side for polishing.
I’m a huge fan of Norwex and have eliminated nearly all of our toxic cleaning products in favor of a slew of their cloths. My friend Carrie, who introduced me to Norwex, is giving away a Fruit and Vegetable Scrub Cloth ($13.99 value) to one of you!
To enter, leave me a comment with your best money-saving tip for buying fruits and vegetables and “Like” Norwex Cleaning Girl on Facebook.
The contest will end next Wednesday, October 26th at noon ET. I’ll use Random.org to select a winner.