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  1. ddcook

    ddcook Member

    A host called me in distress.

    There is a mutual understaning/agreement in her household. She cooks. He cleans. The other night, her husband was loyally washing up after dinner. She happened to walk out of the room. When she walked back, there he was, standing at the sink, soapy sponge in hand, working away at one of her stones. :eek: She screamed at him to stop, and ran (she said it was like the movies, where it was all slow motion) over to the disaster......

    This is where I hope you can help. What can she do now? (other than order a new stone) I know baking soda and water paste work on bad stains. But what do you do about a soap washed stone?

    Thanks all.
    Jan 29, 2006
  2. Kristen

    Kristen Member

    I think she can bake a package of crescent rolls on them and then throw them out. They should pull the soap out of the stone. Hopefully someone else can confirm this. :)
    Jan 29, 2006
  3. mrssyvo

    mrssyvo Veteran Member

    I chuckled to myself as I read the post. I could see it all in slow motion, as the music plays in the background. I laugh, because it almost happened to me, and I screamed at my husband "NO, NO, DON'T DO IT"!!! I said I scared the crap out of him !!!! I am sure that we all can relate.
    Jan 29, 2006
  4. fruit76loop

    fruit76loop Veteran Member Gold Member

    It should be fine...

    Her stone will probably be fine since it was just washed once in soap. Was it a brand new stone? or a used stone? I have people, believe it or not :eek: , that was their stone with soap everytime once they get it seasoned! Seems like once it is seasoned the soap doesn't get absorbed or so they say!
    Jan 29, 2006
  5. I wash my stones with soap whenever I think it's gotten too greasy feeling (I would never tell my customers this). It's usually fairly well diluted soap and nothing I make on them ever tastes like it afterward. My stones are pretty well seasoned though so maybe that's why. I think people tend to make way too big a deal over how the stones are washed. My mom has a loaf pan that she puts in the dishwasher everytime she uses it and it's been fine. A neighbor of mine put her flat stone in the dishwasher and it broke right in half. You never know.
  6. PamperedChef

    PamperedChef Novice Member Silver Member

    I have also been told that if you bake crescent rolls on them and throw them away that it will take the soap out of them.

    Jan 29, 2006
  7. batroark

    batroark Member Gold Member

    At one of my shows in Oct., I had a girl tell me and about 15 other ladies that she ALWAYS washes her stones in the dishwasher. She is a nurse and is a freak when it comes to cleanliness. I had another consultant there and we both gulped at the idea of what she was saying. I told her she could do that if she wanted and it worked for her, but it was totally not recommended. I have had a couple of host graciously trying to help me clean up and stick a stone in their dishwater. I think as long as it is not for a long time it won't hurt them, because mine have all came out fine with no problems. I have also had a lady refuse to purchase the stone, becuase they could not be immersed in soapy water to get them clean. She said she is not eating off something that is ate up with germs. Go figure!?
    Jan 29, 2006
  8. ange13

    ange13 Member

    I also wash mine with soap, but it is mostly the foam, I don't put pure soap straight on it. I use it on both new and seasoned stones and have never had a soapy taste.

    I've also been told that if she soaks the stone in water overnight that should take most of the soap out too.

    Hope that helps!

    Jan 29, 2006
  9. jenniferlynne

    jenniferlynne Senior Member


    Me too. If I've made chicken with the skin on or bacon, something really greasy, I will use a little soap. I don't stick the stone in the water, I just stick my dish rag in the water and ring it out a little and then wash it off. I actually learned this years ago from a lady who uses her pizza stone at least twice a day (she has 4 teenage sons, she cooks a lot). I was horrified at first, but finally tried it myself. Never tasted soap.
    Jan 29, 2006
  10. nikked

    nikked Senior Member Gold Member

    Cleanliness Issue

    One thing I tell my guests if they question the "cleanliness issue" is that nothing left on the stone would survive cooking temperatures anyway. Plus, the soap we use on dishes is mainly for loosening the food, not for killing germs (unless you use the anti-bacterial soap, but don't get me started on that one!)

    So, using the hottest water you can stand and the friction from washing the stone, plus the next baking, will take care of anything!

    Happy selling!
    Jan 29, 2006
  11. jdavis

    jdavis Veteran Member

    Well first off about the 'germs' left on the stones at National Conference in one of the classes one of the ladies said that if you are really worried about it after you rinse it off with the water and scraper then dry it you can pop it back in your warm oven even if it's been 30 minutes after you finished it's still warm enough to kill whatever is on it you are scared of.

    And ever since I told my grandmother DO NOT wash my stones every time we do family cooking she asks me can I wash this before she puts ANYTHING in the sink, lol, bowl, can I wash it, cup, can I wash it......... :rolleyes:
    Jan 29, 2006
  12. cat

    cat Veteran Member Gold Member

    From PC Test Kitchen

    I ALWAYS have guests asking me about washing the stone with soap because they don't feel it's "CLEAN" if they just wash with hot water. I emailed Pampered Chef directly and this is what was sent to me from their Test Kitchens.

    If you follow the cleaning
    instructions in the Use and Care card that comes with the Stone, the
    Stoneware cannot harbor any harmful bacteria that would pose a threat to
    food safety. Because the surface of the stoneware is nonporous, no food
    particles or juices can be imbedded in the stoneware. Stoneware is safe
    to use as long as all food particles are removed from the surface and it
    is dried thoroughly before storing. Please note that more food borne
    illnesses occur from failing to cook food to adequate internal

    Please be assured that our stoneware, when cared for properly, is safe
    and sanitary. Bacteria must have three elements to thrive in an
    environment. Those three elements are: proper temperature, moisture,
    and food. When any of the three elements are eliminated, it is
    impossible for bacteria to sustain life. The cleansing method we
    support removes food particles from the stoneware with the action of the
    Pan Scraper, and running hot water, thus eliminating the food particles
    necessary for bacteria to grow.

    Soap, including anti-bacterial varieties, do not kill bacteria.
    Antibacterial soaps will halt the growth of existing bacteria but will
    not eliminate bacteria. When soap is combined with water molecules, it
    penetrates the pores of food and softens it; making it easier to remove
    the residue. Hot water alone acts much in the same way, softening
    particles and allowing them to be dislodged from the surface. A good
    analogy to use when explaining this to customers is; when a surgeon
    washes their hands before an operation, they do not depend on the action
    of the soap to remove bacteria, but the agitation caused by rubbing and
    rinsing their hands under hot water. If soap were what was killing the
    bacteria, they would not have to scrub and rinse for a pre-determined
    amount of time.

    I hope this information helps, and if you have further questions, please
    let us know.

    The Pampered Chef
    Test Kitchens
    1 Pampered Chef Lane
    Addison, IL 60101
    Jan 29, 2006
  13. D_Patel

    D_Patel Member

    Iam still here

    LOL ! I have washed my well seasoned stones with soap for years, there fine and iam fine.I do not pour soap on them directly just use the sponge. All of our food is fine , i own nothing but stoneware, iam happy to say i own every piece ! In a lot of colors too !! LOve my stones !!
    Jan 30, 2006
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