Washing fruit

United States
January 12, 2008 10:40pm CST
I was talking with a friend today. She said she washes her fruit with soap and water, then of course rinses it real well. Okay, with pesticides and other people handling fruit at the grocery store, it makes sense. I've never heard of doing that. I just rinse my fruit with water and eat it. To me, it's amazing that I've survived as long as I have, and I don't plan on changing my habit of just rinsing my fruit with water. I'm curious. Do you wash your fruit with soap & water or just water? Or at all?
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@cosylvia (401)
• China
13 Jan 08
hello,joyceshookery,i wash my fruit like you do it,just water,,unless the fruit looks very bad,have some oil durty,,so i will add some cleaness on it to wash...i will crazy if wash it with soap ...
• United States
13 Jan 08
Thanks for your feedback. I was curious since I had never heard of a person washing their fruit with soap and water. Like someone else mentioned, don't forget about washing can tops. Food handlers and customers might've sneezed nearby, spraying some of their germs. Bottom line: We survive. I do not wear plastic gloves when holding onto a shopping cart handle.
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@Darkwing (21586)
15 Jan 08
I have to admit the addition of soap to fruit washing is a new one on me. I might use salt water occasionally, but usually just rinse it under plain water. It's not a good idea to ingest soap... almost as bad as insecticide I would think. It would certainly upset your tummy at the very least should you fail to rinse every little particle off. Nope... plain water, or salt water is how I shall continue. Brightest Blessings.
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
14 Jan 08
Considering the amount of e-coli that people are getting from fruits and vegetables I would say it is a very good idea to wash them with soap such as ivory that rinses off easily. I have been doing it for years. My youngest got e-coli from vegetables fertilized with manure that was not composted. This happens in third world countries and in the winter time that is where we get a lot of our fresh fruits and veggies.
@aimee750 (1117)
• United States
14 Jan 08
I rinse some with water and some with a little bit of dish soap and water. I also use a vegetable brush on the ones that can handle it.
• Israel
13 Jan 08
Well, that is a good question... First of all, I do try to avoid eating fruits as they are, and have found some good supplements to replace them. About washing them - there is good with washing with soap, and there is some... well... less good... The good thing is, soap washes everything. So if you have bacterias or something, it just goes away (hopefully). Bad news are - when you wash with soap, the membrane of the fruit's cells dissolves. This means, that all the poisons and bacterias are free to enter the inner side of the fruit now... So now, instead of having poison only on the outside - you have it inside as well. I think that you should enjoy food. Try not to think how it might harm you - just don't eat too much of anything, and it will be alright.
@kusum07 (11)
• India
13 Jan 08
Washing fruits or vegetables with soap and water is not a wiser idea,rather it can increase the load of harmful chemicals(detergent etc.)on them.The best way is to keep the fruits dipped in water for some time and then rinsing them properly with running water.It would be better if you eat fruits after peeling them off.This way you can throw maximum of their pesticides.
• United States
13 Jan 08
Yes joyce. I wash the fruit, along with anything else. I'm not a freak or anything, but I even started carrying my own handywipes to the grocery to wash off the grocery cart...I EVEN bought surgical gloves to wear when I go shopping. That might sound nuts, but when you think about toddlers in carts sneezing and coughing all over the place, and then think that we touch that stuff with no thought......The number of cases illness we can get is crazy. I am going to do what I can not to get someone else's virus. I don't care how nuts it is. The next scarey thing is - I'm thinking about getting a breathing mask....you know, the kind doctors wear in surgery......with the number of TB cases and other things flying through the air....it's a thought. You can never be too careful.....and take lots of Vitamin C.........LOL
@spoiled311 (5502)
• Philippines
13 Jan 08
hi joyce! there are times that i do wash with soap and water and sometimes with just water. it depends. but mostly it is with soap and water. not only the pesticides, but the germs that come from shipping and handling. and of course the dirt. i don't usually peel fruits like apples and grapes, so i wash them with soap and water, and yeah i rinse them very well. i don't eat raw foods without being washed at all, even just a rinse with water. take care and God bless! :-)
@mrsjbelle (1640)
• United States
13 Jan 08
I have always washed my fruit with soap & water. I rinse it well. I dont like the idea of people handling it ewww. My grama always told me if it wasn't rinsed fully I would get the runs.
• Philippines
13 Jan 08
I wash the leafy ones only with water, but i wash the fruits with detergent and water before i took of the skin because in the culture lab, we wash the plants with detergent so i got the idea of washing the fruits that way.i am a biologist but i am now a practicing doctor of medicine
@Modestah (11188)
• United States
13 Jan 08
usually just water - I make sure to do at least that even with canned products, after watching a shelf stocker with a sneezy coughy and drippy nose stocking the meats at the store, I got to thinking about all the hands that handle our food products... customers sneezing etc. one time in walmart a fellow had a bloody nose and he held one side of his nose and blew hard out the other and gobs of blood sprinkled the floor, who knows how much got on to the products on the shelves... that was so disgusting!
@sedel1027 (17850)
• United States
13 Jan 08
We wash our fruit, but with warm water. I honestly never thought about washing it with soap. Almost all fruit and veggies that have been shown to hold on to pesticides (like apples) I buy organic to avoid that problem, as far as people touching the fruit byt the time I get the fruit home, wash it with warm water, I highly doubt anything too much germ wise is still hanging on to it. I always said that if I got too worried about it that I would just buy the fruit wash from the store.