Here’s How to Remove Pesticides from Lemon and Other Citrus Fruit

We are witnesses that nowadays there is much less healthy food because of the use of chemical agents used. Citrus fruit is not spared from pesticide spraying, in order its fruits to be more long lasting.


Experts advise to be careful when consuming citrus fruits. Lemon and orange are the most treated with chemicals, often beyond the permissible limits, so be careful when using their bark in certain recipes.

The most common pesticides that are encountered in the southern fruits are Fungicide imazalil, Thiabendazole and Chlorpyrifos.

Fungicide imazalil penetrates in the whole fruit, not only through the crust. This pesticide leads to irritation of the skin and eyes.

Thiabendazole has carcinogenic properties in larger quantities, and Chlorpyrifos is used against insects and is very dangerous. Pesticides also affect the hormones, may cause infertility, fetal strain, and of course, are also toxic.

The most common misconception is that by their washing, fruits remain free of pesticides, as well as by peeling the bark.

The washing can remove the surface dirt and slightly reduce harm, and the removal of the bark is also desirable, but not enough. In the text below, we show you how to clean lemon and citrus fruits from pesticides.

Removal of pesticides from lemon and other citrus fruit

  1. Wash the fruit with vinegar

Mix water with vinegar, so that the ratio is 3: 1, for example, put one cup of vinegar in three cups of water.

This is a great way to remove bacteria, chemicals and wax from the fruit. Studies show that this combination eliminates as much as 98% of bacteria, and the regular cleaning removes about 85%.

If you prefer, you can spray the fruit with vinegar, then rinse it under the tap.

You can also leave the fruit to stand for 10-20 minutes in the above mixture, and then wash it with water.

  1. Fruit cleaner

You can buy a natural cleaner for fruits that contains citric acid. You can also try to make such a cleaner in the following ways:

First mixture: 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 cup (2.5 dl) of water.

Second mixture: 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar (preferably distilled) and 1 cup (2.5 dl) of water.