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Conventionally grown apples rank at the top of the list for the produce most polluted by pesticides, according to a 2014 list from the Environmental Working Group. Pesticides potentially lead to brain and nerve damage, and young children and pregnant women are most at risk. Conventional apples are also usually dipped in wax to maintain freshness. Peeling apples is one way to reduce your exposure to pesticides and waxes, but apple peels contain many nutrients. Instead, mix your own fruit and vegetable wash at home to safely remove pesticides and wax residues from apples.

Mix 1 cup white vinegar, 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and the juice of half a lemon in a pitcher. Once the foaming has subsided, pour the solution into a clean spray bottle.

Spray the apples with the solution and wait 5 minutes.

Rinse the apples thoroughly under clean, running water. Wash your hands.

Tip

Buy organic apples if you want to avoid exposure to pesticides and taking this extra step.

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Julie Christensen

Julie Christensen is a food writer, caterer, and mom-chef. She's the creator of MarmaladeMom.org, dedicated to family fun and delicious food, and released a book titled "More Than Pot Roast: Fast, Fresh Slow Cooker Recipes."