dish soap?

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2007 - 5:04am
xoxstacey's picture
Joined: 09/08/2006 - 09:00

Hello... I was just wondering if dish soaps are safe. i have been washing my fruits and veggies with dish soap (in case of cross con.) I of course rinse very well the soap off, but now i am wondering if any dish soaps contain p/n oils?
What dish soaps do you all use? what about liquid hand soaps??? I have used (I live in canada) sunlight,palmolive and dawn... are these safe? liquid hand soaps I use that foaming dial or just any on sale...jergens, soft soap.... just wondering if anyone knows of any safe or unsafe for sure... or what you have used with no reaction....



Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2007 - 5:14am
AuntAmanda's picture
Joined: 01/20/2007 - 09:00

You know I just loaned out my book, [url=""]Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron[/url] that actually lists safe soaps to wash foods with.
I love this book because although the author never deals with Food Allegies, I *think* I might be able to apply some of her tips (soaps, organics, making cleaning supplies, baby wipes, and such) to Food Allegy situations. I just gotta wait until it comes back to me to look it up. :P
Anyways, I've learned that my local library is my very best friend (even though because of my forgetfulness I probably could have purchased the books a few times over..)
Hope that helps! Thank you for bringing this up. I never even thought about what soap to use when washing produce and cross contamination.
I'm curious (because I'm learning about protiens from my SIL who has the MFA child) -would water break down the protiens on cc?
[This message has been edited by AuntAmanda (edited February 06, 2007).]

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2007 - 5:21am
Jen224's picture
Joined: 05/22/2006 - 09:00

I haven't called on dish soaps, but I did call on liquid hand soaps. We use Softsoap with the cute little animals inside (panda, tiger, lady bug, etc...). I was told the yellow Kitchen Softsoap has walnut shells, but it's on dedicated equipment (or was).
I also have several Bath and Body works hand soaps, but you have to call on EACH and every product. I don't think any contain peanuts, but some have walnut shells for exfoliating. They won't just give you a 'safe list'--blah!
I hope someone can give some insight on the dish soap.

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2007 - 5:29am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

I wash all our fruits(did before the whole food allergy issue) just because who knows who's nasty hands picked up my apple prior to me....I use plain ol' dish soap or whatever hand soap we have...rinse and eat, never a problem!
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2007 - 5:51am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

We just use plain old Dawn or Sunlight dishsoap on everything. (Well, not as shampoo or a condiment.... but you know.)
Rinse rinse rinse.

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2007 - 6:02am
McCobbre's picture
Joined: 04/16/2005 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Jen224:
[b] . . .
I also have several Bath and Body works hand soaps, but you have to call on EACH and every product. I don't think any contain peanuts, but some have walnut shells for exfoliating. They won't just give you a 'safe list'--blah!
I hope someone can give some insight on the dish soap. [/b]
There have been several Bath & Body products in the past that have contained hydrolyzed vegetable protein, so you do have to look. But their aromatherapy handsoaps don't bother DS (just for hands, not for dishes).

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2007 - 3:41pm
xoxstacey's picture
Joined: 09/08/2006 - 09:00

thank you!!! so dawn and sunlight are okay then for dish soap? Cool... anyone else on hand soap? how about shampoo and body wash... so many have almond and sheanut butter....

Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2007 - 12:17am
Jen224's picture
Joined: 05/22/2006 - 09:00

We use California Baby body wash/shampoo--no nut oils at all. It's also very gentle for eczema/sensitive skin.

Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2007 - 12:26am
Spoedig's picture
Joined: 09/17/2004 - 09:00

Please be very cautious about using dish detergent on fruit and vegetables. The residue can stay on the items and you are then eating those non-food ingredients.
I don't know how to attach links so:
I just typed in "washing fruit" on search engine and found many links (including foodnetwork). They say washing with cold, drinkable water and a scrub brush removes as much as even the specially made fruit washes (which I have used).

Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2007 - 1:03am
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

In the UK a certain brand of dish soap contains milk. So much for buying environmental products!!

Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2007 - 10:26am
Edinview's picture
Joined: 08/25/2003 - 09:00

I have used both dish detergent (1 drop in a quart of warm water) and salt water (2T salt per quart) to wash fruits and vegetables. The salt water works well with strawberries but tends to dry out the lettuces which may profit by repeated rinses in a big mixing bowl of water and change the water after each rinse.
No matter if you use detergent or salt, try to rinse really well by immersing the produce in large amounts of fresh water and keep changing the water at least 2 or 3 times.

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