Quinalphos 20 AF was applied at the rate of 500 and 1,000 g a.i. ha -1 in cabbage for two consecutive seasons and the samples harvested at intervals of 0 (3 h after application), 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 days interval after application. The calculated half-life values were 1.27-1.38 days and 1.12-1.24 days for cabbage heads and cropped soil, respectively. The calculated safe waiting period based on field dissipation study was 5.28-6.7 days, which indicated its persistence nature. Thus, to reduce the safe waiting period, efforts were made to decontaminate the Quinalphos residue from cabbage head by various household preparations (viz. washing, cooking, washing plus cooking, salt water dipping, dipping in boiled salt water, dipping in detergent solution, and dipping in boiled detergent solution). Statistical analysis of the data using Duncan's multiple range test revealed that various household processing substantially reduced the residue of Quinalphos in cabbage heads in the range of 27.72-75.01% irrespective of any dose and seasons, but none were able to satisfactorily bring down the residue below the tolerance level of 0.05 mg kg-1. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.