Dr Oz: Home Solution Recipe to Wash Off Pesticides


Doctor Oz did a segment called “Dr Oz’s Most Wanted” to list the top 4 fruits and vegetables that are contaminated with pesticides.  One of the most valuable portions of today’s show was Dr Oz’s Recipe for a Home Solution to remove pesticides from your fruits and vegetables, which is shared on the next page, along with a list of the “dirtiest” fruits and vegetables to avoid.


  1. Tom Barcelllos says

    Presenting this as if 40 or 50 pesticiide residues are on fruits or vegetables is doing a diservice to consumers and farmers alike. While there may be 50 chemicals “registered” for use on a fruit does not mean that every one is used on a crop. In most cases, there will be 1-4 at most and ONLY as required to produce a blemish free well formed fruit or vegetable that the consumer wishes to purchase. It would be cost prohibitive to use 50 pesticides on a single crop as is infered.

  2. Brianna says

    I’m glad dr. oz feels the same why I do about my produce. I wash all my produce with soap and water. TIP wash your carrots too they are grown in the ground where all the pesticides and chemicals soak in.

  3. mzmo says

    exactly HOW do you mix vinegar and baking soda and have anything left to wash your veggies with

  4. mike says

    It was raining birds,” Franklin Township Mayor Brian Levine told The Associated Press. “It got people a little anxious.”
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture utilized a bird-specific pesticide, DRX-1339, which it says is harmless to humans and other animals.
    New Jersey pet owners still looked to the local government for reassurance, however, that their animals would not be affected by the pesticide. At the very least, one resident said, they could have received a warning about the culling in advance.

    So lou when will the government USDA tell the people when we are being removed by pesticide spraying????? ho wait its already happening and what is in drx-pesticied’s….

  5. Debbie says

    I agree with “MZMO”, How in the world do you mix baking soda and vinegar without causing the volcano effect. If anyone knows the answer, PLEASE post it here!!!!!!!!! THANKS!!!!

  6. StanO says

    Haven’t attempted yet but it would seem logical to first dilute the baking soda with the water. Once thoroughly diluted mix the the solution into the vinegar. Then the lemon juice.

  7. abell says

    again..does anyone know long this will last in a spray bottle in your cabinet? I buy the ready made 5 dollar bottle at the produce section in the store..which doesn’t go bad..but probably not natural!

  8. Jen says

    I left the baking soda out because of the volcano effect. Will that make a difference to leave it out?

  9. Bill. Cosby says

    Dr. Oz is a retard. Vinegar and baking soda you get water, co2 and sodium acetate at the bi-products. So you might just use water. Does Dr. Oz ever consult with any real doctors before he gives his crappy medical advice?

  10. Barack Obama says

    Here my secret vegetable was solution:
    1 cup ammonia
    1 cup bleach
    1 cup water
    Bleach is a great anti-bacterial and anti-viral. It will kill almost every know pathogen…and I just like the way ammonia tatses so that’s why I add it. Water, or H20 as I like to call it because it makes me sound smart, is the universal solvent. Soak veggies in solution for 5 minutes. I would recommend using in a well-ventolated area because the fumes always burn my lungs.

  11. Ernie B says

    Please don’t ever mix ammonia and bleach, even in a well ventilated area. It produces toxic fumes!

  12. Dyane C. says

    I think the user above was joking… anyway, i think soaking leafy greens in apple cider vinegar and water is good enough. IF you want to scrub the wax off apples, soak them in water/1 Tbsp of baking soda solution. rinse off wtith water/1 Tbsp vinegar solution

  13. says

    Bill. Cosby (pseudonym) is right. Dr. Oz forgot his first year undergrad chemistry. My daughter is a big fan of Dr. Oz. I keep telling her he is an idiot. Now I have more ammunition to prove my point to her. You might as well mix lemon juice and salt and skip mixing the acetic acid (vinegar) and a mild alkaline (baking soda). This results in a neutral solution (water), depending on the stoichiometry (ratio). Even more convenient, just mix equal parts vinegar and water. This mildly acidic and potable solution will work.

  14. Diana says

    I’ve wondered about some of his recommendations. He speaks very highly of a face cream by Peter Thomas Roth that’s around $200. to help with wrinkles. What he doesn’t tell people a lot of those creams can cause Rosacea. I use to purchase expensive serums & moisturizers spent thousands! Then woke up one day with a rash, continued to spread all over my face. Went to my Dr., and was treated with several different prescriptions, spent hundreds of dollars, found out after trying medications that wasn’t working it was Rosacea. The medication for that cost my $200., a tube. It took almost a year before it subsided. Come to find out the toxins in the wrinkle creams was the culprit! So all you ladies out there beware of what you put on your face! It was a horrible time not to mention embarrassing to have that for almost a year. Makeup doesn’t cover it, it only makes it more pronounced! Oprah doing her thing making these people she chooses to become” Stars.” I wonder if Dr.Oz has ever actually has been her personal doctor along with Dr. Phil?
    Anyhow, this is about washing produce.Thanks for the tips everyone! Just thought I’d share!

  15. c says

    I sooo cannot believe some of these post. Thank God for common sense and Dr. Oz, who calls ’em like he see’s ’em.

  16. C. Starnes, M. D. says

    I just wonder sometimes about the educational level, study, research, or experience of some of these “wanna-be’s” who are so eager to criticize. It’s easy to see why you use pseudonyms, because you are pseudo-intellectuals!

  17. Donna Choice says

    Aren’t there other fruits &vegetables we can eat that have the same nutritional values, from other countries that haven’t been sprayed with pesticides??

  18. Farzana says

    What’s the best way to wash / clean my raw almonds ? The organic ones are wayyy expensive ! I make my almond milk so I need to let it sit in water for a day or so. Any suggestions anyone ?

  19. Educated Farmer says

    Fruits and vegetables grown in other countries are less regulated than what is grown in the United States. Remember DDT? Still used in other parts of the world, and we still eat products imported from these countries. And the vinegar/baking soda myth creates a weak sodium acetate solution – a dilute salt water. The removal of pesticides from the surface comes from the SCRUBBING ACTION of cleaning – not by anything added to the water. And, for organics – remember organic does not mean pesticide free, look up OMRI the organic materials review institute for a list of approved chemicals that can be applied to organic crops. Then, look up the toxicity of some of these products – do not be sheep, read and become educated.

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