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    Old 07-25-2004, 03:52 PM   #1
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    I wash my fruit with dish detergent for 2 reasons - 1) I heard from a health nut that it helps get rid of all the pesticides 2) I can't stand the thoughts of all germy hands grappling and feeling all the fruit in the store, then I just rinse it off with plain water?

    We wash our DISHES and GLASSES in dish liquid, so why not a plum or peach? If doing this is really bad, can you tell me why? Or is it OK?

     
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    Re: washing fruit with dish detergent

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    I wash my fruit with dish detergent for 2 reasons - 1) I heard from a health nut that it helps get rid of all the pesticides 2) I can't stand the thoughts of all germy hands grappling and feeling all the fruit in the store, then I just rinse it off with plain water?

    We wash our DISHES and GLASSES in dish liquid, so why not a plum or peach? If doing this is really bad, can you tell me why? Or is it OK?
    There's nothing wrong with it at all, but it is probably overkill. Just rinse well.

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    Old 07-25-2004, 07:39 PM   #3
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    Re: washing fruit with dish detergent

    I use a fruit/veggie wash in addition to water. It is safe & non-toxic, & helps get rid of the dirt etc. You can find it at natural food stores, & maybe at the regular markets, but I've never looked for it there. I don't how safe using dish detergent would be, because I imagine some of it would seep into the skin of the fruit or vegetable. When we use it on dishes it rinses right off, but fruits & veggies are porous. If I remember correctly from a First Aid class I took, dish detergent is a corrosive if swallowed straight (can burn the esophagus), so I wouldn't think that remnants of it on food would be very good for you. However, this is merely my opinion based on what I know - I have never read anything specific about using dish detergent on foods.

    Just so you know, you are not alone in hating the thought of people touching the produce. I hate it too! If I have a cold, I will use a hand sanitizer or something before I paw at the produce because I don't want to spread my germs that way. So, I understand you wanting to clean your food thoroughly!

    Hope this helps.

     
    Old 07-26-2004, 04:56 AM   #4
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    Re: washing fruit with dish detergent

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    I use a fruit/veggie wash in addition to water. It is safe & non-toxic, & helps get rid of the dirt etc.
    That seems the perfect solution!!! I think I saw it advertised YEARS ago now that you mentioned it! I'll have to check that out! Thank you!

     
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    Re: washing fruit with dish detergent

    Hello, I've often wondered about the wax that they put on fruits and veggies. There's wax on apples, peppers, cucumbers, and probably others. The thing is that this wax does not wash off, so aren't the pesticides actually sealed into the fruit? I figure the fruit/veggies are on their respective plants. The plants and fruit are sprayed. After the pesticide sprayed fruit is picked, it goes through a water bath. (It looked more like a quick shower on TV.) Then it is waxed. Then they tell you to wash the fruit and veggies under running water to get the pesticides off. How are the pesticides going to come off if they are sealed on under the wax? They don't wax and then use pesticides. Too much for me to worry about. I'll just wash scrub and soak to get off supermarket germs. At least the veggies from our garden don't have pesticides or that stupid slimey wax. We save the was for the chocolate.
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    Re: washing fruit with dish detergent

    The veggie wash does seem to get through the wax for me. Water does too if you scrub a bit with a soaked paper towel.

    You really can make yourself nuts over this stuff, but here is some food for thought.... If you reduce your exposure to toxins where you CAN control it, it will help your body tolerate them where your CAN'T control it.

    In other words, if you are consuming diet sodapop, coffee, MSG, sodium nitrates, and artificial sweeteners, then grubby hands and pesticides are the least of your worries. On the other hand, if you eliminate these substances (and others) from your diet, your body can better fight those toxins that are difficult to avoid.

    I have heard of people dipping their chicken in clorox bleach before cooking to kill off any salmonella bacteria.... that seems a bit much to me

     
    Old 07-26-2004, 01:13 PM   #7
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    I'm finding all these posts very interesting! Food for thought!
    I am glad I posted this question! LOL!

     
    Old 07-27-2004, 04:43 AM   #8
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    Re: washing fruit with dish detergent

    I don't like the idea of adding detergents to my food.
    IF I washed my food with anything but clean water, I would use a pure soap of some kind or a solution of TSP (tri-sodium phosphate).
    Adding some of those detergents might be just as bad as the stuff the food is processed with.

     
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    Re: washing fruit with dish detergent

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    Just so you know, you are not alone in hating the thought of people touching the produce. I hate it too! If I have a cold, I will use a hand sanitizer or something before I paw at the produce because I don't want to spread my germs that way. So, I understand you wanting to clean your food thoroughly!
    haha. thats funny. I turn the fruit bags inside out and use it as a glove to pick up my fruit at the grocery store!!

    Although, i don't know why I bother coz no-one else seems to care about putting their grubby hands on veggies and fruit.

    I've actually seen people coughing without putting their hands over their mouths WHILE leaning over the produce.

    YUCK!!!!!

     
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    Re: washing fruit with dish detergent

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    haha. thats funny. I turn the fruit bags inside out and use it as a glove to pick up my fruit at the grocery store!!

    Although, i don't know why I bother coz no-one else seems to care about putting their grubby hands on veggies and fruit.

    I've actually seen people coughing without putting their hands over their mouths WHILE leaning over the produce.

    YUCK!!!!!

    LOL! I do the same thing! I use the bag turned inside out like a glove. It should be a requirement at the store!

     
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    Re: washing fruit with dish detergent

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    I turn the fruit bags inside out and use it as a glove to pick up my fruit at the grocery store!!
    I am not sure how this helps... aren't you only protecting yourself from your own grubby hands???

     
    Old 08-05-2004, 07:31 AM   #12
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    Re: washing fruit with dish detergent

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    Originally Posted by Sunlover
    I wash my fruit with dish detergent for 2 reasons - 1) I heard from a health nut that it helps get rid of all the pesticides 2) I can't stand the thoughts of all germy hands grappling and feeling all the fruit in the store, then I just rinse it off with plain water?

    We wash our DISHES and GLASSES in dish liquid, so why not a plum or peach? If doing this is really bad, can you tell me why? Or is it OK?

    If you are worried about pesticide, buy organic fruit. Washing it with just water then will remove the germs from peoples hands

     
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