4 Ways to Remove Pesticide Residues In Vegetables And Fruits

In order for your fruits and vegetables to meet eating standards, you need to wash them to remove residual pesticides and molds. The following will show you 4 ways to eliminate pesticide residues in vegetables and fruits. The four methods of sterilization and removal of pesticides mainly include: soaking and washing method, alkaline water soaking method, blanching method and salt water method. You can choose them according to your needs.

Soaking and washing method


Water washing is the basic method to remove other dirt on vegetables and fruits and to remove pesticides. Generally, first rinse off the surface dirt with clean water, and then soak in clean water for 20-30 minutes. The use of fruit and vegetable cleaning agent can increase the dissolution of pesticides, so a small amount of fruit and vegetable cleaning agent can be added when soaking.


After soaking, rinse with running water two or three times. This method is suitable for all kinds of leafy vegetables, such as spinach, golden needles, leeks, lettuce, coriander, Chinese cabbage, etc. For this, FPL air bubble washing machine is the best choice for you. And we can customize the required sterilization function according to the needs of customers.

Alkaline water immersion cleaning method

Soaking in alkaline water is an effective measure to remove pesticide pollution. Rinse the dirt on the surface first, soak it in sodium bicarbonate water (usually add 5-10 grams of baking soda to 500ml of water) for about 15 minutes. And then you can rinse with clean water. So it is applicable for all kinds of fruits and vegetables.

Boiling water blanching washing method

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The pesticides on some vegetables can be invalidated by heating. You can put the vegetables in boiling water and cook for 1-3 minutes, and then clean them. The pesticides on the vegetables will also lose their effect. Such as spinach, lettuce, coriander, cabbage, celery, pepper, zucchini and other vegetables. So FPL blanching machine is suitable for this method. There are two types of blanching machines for your choice. You can choose them according to your requirements.

Salt water cleaning method

Washing vegetables with 1%-3% light salt water can not only remove part of the pesticides, but also remove all kinds of insects hiding in the roots or the lines on the back of the leaves. Such as Chinese cabbage, cabbage and other vegetables. So you can use FPL vegetables processing line.

And then adding salt water to the washing equipment in the production line to facilitate soaking of vegetables for a period of time. In addition, when soaking vegetables, it is best to make all sides of the vegetables full exposure to salt water. The pesticide residues on vegetables will slowly lose their effect after being soaked in water. Then, wash the vegetables several times with clean water until no multicolored oils can be seen on the surface of the water.

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