Washing Fruits and Vegetables with Baby Soap ?

Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by augnut, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. augnut


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       Has anyone ever looked into washing some vegetables or fruits with baby shampoo or soap? Thinking about it, the baby soaps are non toxic, in case baby ingests some by accident? So I would assume it may be safe to use as a washing agent?

       I am not a anti-germ freak, or anything like that. But just for fun, I let a couple Tomatoes on the vine sit on the kitchen counter for a couple weeks...Results??? The darn things started to dehydrate and shrink to the point where the seeds were almost poking through the skin like pimples on a teenager!  Oddly enough, I guess there was so much wax & pesticides in/on them that they did not show any signs of rotting.  Just an ugly Martian looking pair of red shriveling fruits with the seeds turning black and getting ready to sprout. (The skin was still bright and shiney).

      This makes me hesitant, because I love Tomatoes and could eat them every day....But I guess I have to grow my own??? Would love to hear how to detirmine which ones are safe to eat...

      Now I would not wash all my veggies and fruits with it, just the waxed up ones....If it was not more harmful than the wax & pesticides themselves...
  2. koukouvagia


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    I would not do it.  The grocery stores sell veggie wash in a spray bottle.  It's usually some kind of citrus acid, perfectly safe.  You can even make your own with a solution made of white vinegar and water.  I use it myself for all veggies and wash my salad greens with it as well.  I would not use soap.

    As for the tomatoes, you are correct in storing them on the counter, but they will go bad within a couple of weeks simply because they are perishable.  I don't believe it has anything to do with the pesticides used to grow them.  Buy enough tomatoes that you can use up without letting them sit there for that long.  

    Otherwise, I hear that growing tomatoes is not all that difficult.  They even have hanging vine tomato plants now.
  3. kaiquekuisine


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    Uhm.... why would you wash veggies with baby soap. 

    I think the name itself implies, on what it should be used.... 

    It maybe non-toxic, but last time i checked baby soap is for human babies, it has a taste, and its own chemical substances. 

    If you want  clean veggies they usually sell some sort of veggie wash or powder that you can mix with water to place veggies in for a few minutes to clean. 

    But seriously baby soap, no... just no <_<. 
  4. cerise

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    Welcome to Chef Talk.  I am a home cook. I use a scrub brush on mushrooms, potatoes, etc., to remove the dirt, and run the fruit or vegetable under cold running water in a colander. It depends on the fruit or vegetable.  If I am not mistaken, the FDA will only allow a miniscule amount of pestisides, but may depend on what country you are in. I had heard of markets adding wax to make the vegetable more shiny and appealing to the buyer, but don't know what the regulations are now. I have never heard of a recall of tomatoes, or anyone becoming ill from same. The vegetable product recalls I hear most often are lettuce & spinach due to ecoli.  I do rinse, spinach etc., even if it is pre-washed. There are products out there, if you choose to use them.  I would not waste the money. I just give em a good rinse. Whatever you do, don't wash your chicken with soap, lol

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  5. chicagoterry


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    A lot of what goes on with tomatoes in particular has to do with where and how they are grown. If you are in the US a lot of tomatoes come from Florida, which is actually poorly suited to growing them except for the steady temperatures. The sandy soil is pretty much devoid of nutrients and tomatoes are heavy feeders. The poor soil makes them susceptible to many pests and diseases, which they are then treated for. The varieties grown there are grown for their ability to stand up to the rigors of shipping, not for their tastiness, and they are picked well before they are ripe and then sprayed with ethylene to turn them red.

    William Eastabrook, a well-regarded food writer wrote a whole book on why tomatoes are the way they are. It is called Tomatoland.

    I typically skip tomatoes except for cherry tomatoes or canned in the winter months because the Florida grown tomatoes I can get during those months never ripen and never have any flavor to speak of. In summer, I stalk the farmer's markets in search of an heirloom variety grower in the area who grows a dozen different varieties of soft-skinned, delicious, if somewhat homely tomatoes. They are divine and I eat at least one tomato a day while they are in season locally.
  6. michaelga


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    1 and only one post about something that is controversial?

    ... i've wasted to many key-strokes as it is...