Pre-soaking produce in soapy water or washing it with soap could lead to health problems, such as mild gastrointestinal irritation with nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. That’s because produce is porous, so it can absorb soap. These products are not approved or labeled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use on foods. You could ingest residues from soap or detergent absorbed on the produce. Furthermore, there is no evidence that vegetable soaps can destroy SARS-CoV-2, or any other virus for that matter, as there’s been no scientific studies. Instead, people should wash produce as they normally would, with cold water.
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