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Editor’s Note: This story was originally published by USA TODAY in 2017.

Do you rinse fruits like apples under running water in the sink, or do you take a paper towel or towel to wipe them dry? Either way, you’re doing it wrong.

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts say they’ve discovered a better way to remove pesticides from apples: using baking soda.

The results were reported in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

To determine this, the researchers used two types of pesticides, the fungicide thiabendazole and the insecticide phosmet. To conduct the study, they washed the apples using three methods: tap water, a solution of baking soda and water, and a commercial bleach solution approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.