I've never seen anyone do that until yesterday. So I wanted to know is this appropriate for when preparing apples for any meal, how about other fruits? Unlike plates, fruits can absorb chemicals.

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    Make sure you tell the person you saw doing that to either bump up their life insurance coverage or else stop it.
    – Pointy
    Mar 26, 2014 at 16:47
  • @Pointy, assuming they rinse off the soap before eating the apple, I can't see how this practice would endanger their life.
    – Lorel C.
    May 23, 2017 at 14:28
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    @LorelC. I was being sarcastic, I assume, because I can't remember that far back. However I would still strongly recommend against using dish detergent to wash vegetables. Vegetable matter in general absorbs water quite readily, and just like a sponge rinsing a vegetable won't get all the absorbed detergent out.
    – Pointy
    May 30, 2017 at 23:48

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No, you would not use a detergent or soap when washing fruit.

Normally, you would just wash them with water, using a brush on thick skinned produce.

See, for example, Best Ways to Wash Fruits and Vegetables from the University of Maine extension.

  • From what I hear though, there do exist apple exporting companies who wash the apples in soapy water to get rid of germs and pesticides.
    – Iancovici
    Mar 27, 2014 at 11:06
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    "Pure soap" (as is also used eg in gardening) does not equal "Any dishwashing detergent that happens to be handy". Jan 8, 2016 at 13:58

Yes, I've done it for decades using unscented, clear dish detergent (such as Seventh Generation). Just a tiny drop with lots of water.


Just soak your fruits in mild hot water and that should take out any residual items on the fruit


I suggest using an unscented liquid castile soap like Dr. Bronner's. It is all natural and non-toxic. Unscented commercial dish liquid can still contain toxic chemicals and preservatives, even 7th Gen.

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