Originally Posted by Raisingmsdaisy
I heard that washing in hot water allows bacteria to pass through the shell. Is this true? Is there a special type of detergent used?
I am confused by this too 😔
Every unwashed egg has a protective coating on it called the bloom. This coating protects the inside of the egg from external bacteria, such as from poop on the egg. Washing this coating off is the standard norm in the USA. But the commercial egg producers don't just wash it off, they also sanitize with a bleach solution or something like that. Then the eggs are stored in refrigerated conditions for the remainder of their existence. Because they've been washed, they're vulnerable to contamination, such as salmonella. In contrast, most of Europe does not wash their commercial eggs, they are sold at normal room temperature.
We don't wash our eggs and store them at room temp, which is usually 60-70f but up to 85 in summer. We keep them for up to 2-5 weeks, depending on room temp. Never have any problems. I cook my eggs almost always sunny side up, the yolk very runny. The very rare one time we had a rotten egg I think was a fluke. I've had an occasional rotten commercial egg in the past.
If you do wash your eggs, be sure to put the washed (& sanitized if you're worried) and dried eggs in a clean egg carton that has not stored unwashed eggs.
We eat a lot of eggs and the hassle and potential illness of washing them doesn't seem worth the effort.
Do what ever you feel most comfortable with. Washing or not washing your eggs will NOT automatically make you ill. Regardless of which method you use, just use a good dose if common sense.