There is a new book out that is such a great resource for moms who are wanting to implement a more healthy, "green", sustainable lifestyle for their families. It is called Gorgeously Green, and it is written by Sophie Uliano. This is one of the helpful ideas that I LOVED in this book:
If you can't buy organic produce (try to whenever you can! It is worth the extra cost), you need to make sure you wash it thoroughly. -The pesticides that have been sprayed on the fruits & veggies repel bugs because it kills bugs...it is not a good thing for us to consume them either. Pesticides and herbicides are linked to cancer, parkinsons disease, and more...
Use this spray to make sure your fruit and vegetables are squeaky clean.
1 cup water
1 cup distilled white vinegar
1 Tbsp. baking soda
20 drops of grapefruit seed extract (available at health food stores)
Combine all ingredients in a large container. Then, transfer to a spray bottle with a pump. Spray mixture on produce, and rinse thoroughly after 5 to 10 minutes.