Worrying about what pesticides or other chemical residues may be lingering on fresh fruits and veggies? Scrubbing your produce with a little bit of baking soda can remove residues and dirt. Rinse everything well and be sure to dry the produce to ensure maximum shelf life -- leaving fresh foods damp will make them deteriorate more quickly.
Salt can help remove the gritty dirt that can sometimes hide stubbornly in your lettuce, spinach, or leeks. Place the vegetables in a bowl of lukewarm water, add 1 tablespoon salt, swish it around a little, and let soak 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly in a colander.