Potato Your Face

A hygiene tip found in the Chicago Tribune, March 2, 1902:

POTATO YOUR FACE
If you wish to wash your face and haven't any soap at hand, pare a potato and use it as soap. This will cleanse the skin when the emergency arises.

Okay, but how do you then get the potato slime off your face?
     Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 17, 2009
     Category: Hygiene





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My parents always told me to cook potatoes because they have some kind of bacteria in them. Is that true? If so, does the bacteria help cleanse your face?

I believe 1902 was before they reaized that soap was a necessary hygeine component.
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 04/17/09 at 10:46 AM
Dumbfounded, what is a "moderate quantit[y]"?
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 04/17/09 at 11:12 AM
Appears to be conditional. Potatoes under certain conditions will produce higher levels of Solanine. Commercial potatoes today are screened and have a level less than 0.2 mg/g.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanine

According to this wiki one really toxic tater could make you sick. But, it also says that a majority of the Solanine is near the surface/skin of the tater which is usually removed.
Posted by Pablo on 04/17/09 at 11:24 AM
Good grief ~ I've consumed mass quantities of baked tatos over the years... does this mean I have tato toxins running amok inside??
Posted by Skitt in SW USA on 04/17/09 at 12:40 PM
"Okay, but how do you then get the potato slime off your face?"
Turnips

I was taught as a cook to always discard green potatoes and when my restaurant received a full 100 lb sack of green ones I sent a rather terse letter to the Idaho potato folks and they sent me back reams of data that seemed to pretty much dispel that idea. I still avoid them, however.
Posted by StanFlouride on 04/17/09 at 01:07 PM
Skitt, maybe Dumbfounded can confirm this, but I believe cooking the potato gets rid of the evil.
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 04/17/09 at 03:17 PM
Whew ~ thanks kingmonkey, I'm so relieved! Out, evil tato, out with you! :lol:
Posted by Skitt in SW USA on 04/17/09 at 03:41 PM
:lol: @ Dumbfounded!

I'm trying to imagine life without my baked tatos beside my steak...um, nope, I'm just gonna take my chances!
Posted by Skitt in SW USA on 04/17/09 at 05:12 PM
And I'll give up mashed potatoes when they pry the bowl from my cold dead hands!!
Posted by vegas_girl in Vegas Baby!! on 04/17/09 at 05:26 PM
Oh. I figured it out. Guess I'm a potato head.
Posted by lostinthevalleygirl on 04/17/09 at 06:16 PM
I think if I have water with which to wash off potato slime, I'd rather just wash my face with plain water to begin with.
Posted by KW in Dallas, TX on 04/17/09 at 10:06 PM
rodger my mom did the same thing. we used to eat raw potato but only 1or 2 pieces then mom would say taht was enough because if you ate alot you would get worms. i have no idea where she got that from. alos cabbage hearts are really good if you trim them. the 1/4 inch or so of cabbage right around the heart is bitter, but the center is great. years ago my aunt and cousins used to eat bits of raw hamberger when making patties or whatever. they never once got sick from it either. today it'll kill ya.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/17/09 at 10:08 PM
I have this texture thing, where I can't stand to eat stuff that crunches. I don't know why. Maybe an accident involving PopRocks when I was a child that I have since blocked from memory. But because of it, you wouldn't catch me near a raw potato for any reason. So I'm with you guys, if I'm short on soap and need to wash my face, I'll just use water.
Posted by Nethie on 04/18/09 at 02:36 AM
i didn't think steak tartar was prepared with ground beef. yeah it does sound gross!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/18/09 at 09:37 AM
For me, raw potatos are only good for stopping up the exhaust of the asshole-down-the-street's car. Not that I've ever done that. *cough,cough*
Posted by Madd Maxx on 04/18/09 at 10:54 AM
maxx you do have that innocent look about you. 😉
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/18/09 at 11:45 AM
"Beef that won't "Moo"..." Expat, that reminded me of my cousin. He used to say "Just wipe it's ass and send it to the table." :lol:
Posted by Nethie on 04/18/09 at 08:29 PM
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