Gail of Green Living


The Dirty Dozen: Pesticides on the Menu

The Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen refers to fruits and vegetables we buy fresh at the supermarket, and how loaded they are with pesticides.

Here’s the list:

1.  Apples

2.  Celery

3.  Strawberries

4.  Peaches

5.  Spinach

6.  Nectarines, especially imported

7.  Imported grapes (Hold the wine!)

8.  Sweet bell peppers

9.  Potatoes

10.  Blueberries

11.  Lettuce

12.  Kale & Collards (Tie)

I have been doing all right except for peaches and potatoes.  I think last summer I was equating “local” with organic”, which is stupid of me, but I get so hungry for fresh peaches in the summer, I guess I wasn’t careful enough.  Potatoes???  I thought since they were below ground, they would not be so susceptible to pesticides, but if the farmer uses systemic pesticides, it makes sense that they are full of them.  I don’t recall seeing organic potatoes, but I’m going to look closely tonight when I do my weekend shopping.

Everyone, be aware and more careful when you feed your family and friends…and yourself!



Eliminate Ants in the Kitchen!
July 12, 2011, 9:53 pm
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Since I’ve become conscious of toxins present in common household cleaners and pesticides, I have become a huge fan of distilled vinegar…plain old cheap, cheap vinegar!  If you need a drain cleaned out, put one part baking soda down the drain followed by one part vinegar; wait 10 minutes and flush with boiling water.

It’s a fantastic deodorizer; it will clear up fish smell in your kitchen by placing a 1/2 cup or so in a shallow dish and leaving it on the counter top.

It’s a great glass cleaner, mixed with water.  It’s anti-bacterial.  You can soak your shower head in a jar of vinegar and it will clean off all hard water deposits.  It’s powerful!

Today I learned another use…as a pesticide.  We had annoying little ants in the kitchen.  When I sprayed them, you would have thought I was using Raid!

What have you found to be a good use for vinegar?