Washing before using is always recommended in the attempt to safeguard yourself against sicknesses and diseases. Bacteria is present everywhere; you never know, with absolute certainty, where the next potential threat lies. In the effort to hinder these threats, it is important to make sure that you do not harm yourself in the process.
Increasingly, we have been hearing stories about people who are using soap to wash their food before ingestion. To a certain extent, it does make sense, given the fact that most of the foods that are found in supermarkets are drenched in pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Besides that… in many cases, these foods are being handled with unclean hands, prepared on unclean surfaces, and are exposed to many other deplorable conditions.
However, for the same reason, you are mindful of germs and bacteria on your food, you should also be mindful of the soap (chemicals) you are using to clean them. An antibacterial agent, like soap, is not automatically good or safe because it kills bacteria. You always have to take into consideration that antibacterial doesn’t necessarily mean bio-friendly. The end object is to prepare your food so that they are suitable for ingestion, therefore, killing bacteria is only a portion of the concerns you should have. Since soaps (generally speaking) are not bio-friendly, using them to wash your food would be unhealthy, and may even be a greater threat than the bacteria.
Washing your food with soap is not the same as using it to wash your dishes and cooking utensils. Unlike your kitchenware, your food will absorb the chemicals from the soap you are using. After getting absorbed into the cells of the food, it cannot be removed. Instead of using soap, soak your food in sea salt water (preferably warm) and rinse before consumption.