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What dish soap do you use?

Post by z91 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:21 pm

When I was growing up, I'd help my mom with the dishes. With 1-2 drops of Palmolive, soap suds galore and we were good for 15-20 mins of scrubbing.

I know a few years back there was some chemical change, but I'm very disappointed with how dish soap works nowadays. I use a small pump at home and pump 3-4 times into a sponge (half dollar sized amount) and I have to do it 4-5 times throughout the washing session.

I've tried Palmolive, Dawn, and the Kirkland branded one from Costco and they are all the same. Is there something I'm missing? I understand that the banning of certain chemicals is good for us, but I just feel so wasteful using so much soap to wash dishes.

We have a dishwasher, but with having to presoak and/or scrub, I think it takes more time.

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Post by runner3081 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:26 pm

Whatever brand Dollar Tree sells.

50 ounces for $1.00.

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Post by livesoft » Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:28 pm

I use a dishwasher without pre-soaking and without scrubbing. It's probably a personality defect, but our dishes come out clean.

Also "suds" is not what you want. You want the chemistry of the detergent to work. We use Dawn. It's fine.

Finally, think about how you don't wash dishes. For instance, I cook and eat oatmeal every single day, but I don't cook it in a pot on the stove, so I don't have to clean up dried up, caked on oatmeal from a metal pot. Instead, I use a large glass bowl in the microwave to cook it which also serves as a serving bowl AND a sink. After eating, I fill the bowl with a couple of drops of Dawn and some water. The oatmeal never has a chance to dry. Then I go do something else. I may put other things in the bowl. Then I rub it with my fingers, rinse it, and let it dry in the dishwasher (but I don't WASH it in the dishwasher).

So are there ways you can circumvent the need to scrub at all by the way you cook? For more help, tell us about the dishes that you made dirty this week. What is on them that requires so much cleaning effort?
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Post by Bogle7 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:05 pm

For 30+ years - Ajax
For the last 2 months - Dawn. I am experimenting.
Both work.

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Post by Steelersfan » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:15 pm

Dawn, for years.

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Post by Kennedy » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:22 pm

Dawn (big bottle from Costco)

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Post by tennisplyr » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:25 pm

Dawn liquid....my wife switched from Joy and likes it.
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Post by Teague » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:26 pm

Dawn also. It comes in different strengths (regular vs. ultra vs. whatever) and I use the least diluted one I can find. Sometimes I turn the bottle upside down to use viscosity as a rough measure of relative strength.
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Post by Godot » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:33 pm

runner3081 wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:26 pm
Whatever brand Dollar Tree sells.

50 ounces for $1.00.
I use this as well, and then pour it into a Seventh Generation bottle, for when guests come over.
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Post by bob60014 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:36 pm

Dawn, gets the dishes clean without issue. And as a side benefit, after changing the oil on the car or doing other dirty jobs involving oils, I wash my hands with it and they always come out clean. With dishes or hand cleaning, one or two drops usually will never cut it, as it were.

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Re: What dish soap do you use?

Post by WillRetire » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:37 pm

Palmolive.

Your water hardness will affect sudsing levels whatever soap you use.
z91 wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:21 pm
I know a few years back there was some chemical change, but I'm very disappointed with how dish soap works nowadays. I use a small pump at home and pump 3-4 times into a sponge (half dollar sized amount) and I have to do it 4-5 times throughout the washing session.
It seems like that technique would use a lot of soap. Instead, I fill a clean sink with warm/hot water & a few squirts of dishwashing liquid, then wash the dishes in that. I.e. not soap on cloth/sponge for each dish.

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Post by Grt2bOutdoors » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:38 pm

Palmolive and usually when it is on sale.
Dawn for pre-treating oil stains on clothes.
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Post by ResearchMed » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:47 pm

Dawn, for many years.

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Post by sschoe2 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:55 pm

I use some Aldis Dawn knockoff for hand washing stuff and Walmart powder and rinse aid for the dishwasher.

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Post by Broken Man 1999 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:00 pm

Another vote for Dawn.

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Post by Dottie57 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:01 pm

Steelersfan wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:15 pm
Dawn, for years.
This. Works like a charm on grease. I add it to the water as it fills the sink.

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Post by heartwood » Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:05 pm

yet another vote for Dawn. We used Palmolive for years and they seem to have changed the formula several years back and it no longer foamed or cleaned well. We tried Dawn and would never go back. A little harder to find but Dawn Platinum Foaming in a pump dispenser is amazing. A little dab seems to last for so many items. We use it at our condo. Unfortunately our home kitchen sink has an installed pump.

https://www.target.com/p/dawn-ultra-pla ... A-13044216

Here's a year old thread on the same topic:

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=256798&p=4074864#p4074864

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Re: What dish soap do you use?

Post by CAsage » Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:07 pm

Consumer reports has good info on washing machines. What I recall is that you are literally supposed to just scrape the dishes and load it up. The newer dish tablets have enzymes and longer wash cycles to dissolve all the dried on food, and that is where the savings in water comes from. Give it a try, I think we all tend to work too hard at "helping" the dishwasher.
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Re: What dish soap do you use?

Post by Calli114 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:38 pm

Grt2bOutdoors wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:38 pm
Palmolive and usually when it is on sale.
Dawn for pre-treating oil stains on clothes.
+1 for the grease stains. I rub in Dawn, soak the stained item in hot soapy water in the sink for 20 minutes, then wash.

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Post by ladycat » Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:41 pm

+1 for Dawn.
I also add some to the kitchen hand soap dispenser (typically SoftSoap) to help cut grease and not be so "moisturizing".

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Post by KSOC » Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:42 pm

Palmolive Original 90 oz. $4.95 at Dollar General.

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Post by msi » Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:44 pm

livesoft wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:28 pm
I use a dishwasher without pre-soaking and without scrubbing. It's probably a personality defect, but our dishes come out clean.
I never pre-soak or scrub, either. Still works.

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Post by retiredjg » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:07 pm

Seventh Generation for hand washing. Works fine for me.

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Post by DesertDiva » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:09 pm

Kirkland brand from Costco

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Post by RickBoglehead » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:12 pm

DesertDiva wrote:
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Kirkland brand from Costco
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Post by 3504PIR » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:29 pm

We mostly use dawn as it seems to really work well and it cuts grease as advertised. Additionally it is the most recommended for other tasks around the house such as an ingredient in homemade weed killer and a very good poison ivy wash, etc.

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Re: What dish soap do you use?

Post by HomeStretch » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:38 pm

Palmolive. Low phosphate formulas now used affect the sudsing levels in all cleaning products.

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Post by LilyFleur » Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:55 pm

I find a really nice clear glass bottle with a stainless steel pour spout. I fill it mostly with filtered water, then add the clear liquid dish soap. I keep it on the black granite counter right by my sink. It's quick to grab so I can wash dishes right away, then I drain the dishes in the dishwasher. The soap squirts out really quickly and distributes better as it is already mixed with water, and it looks so much better on the countertop than anything in those garish green, orange, or blue colours. It is a curated object in my small home. :mrgreen:

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Post by Tdubs » Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:21 pm

Whatever is cheapest. They are all the same.

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Post by Boats day » Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:57 pm

Dawn.

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Post by latesaver » Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:01 pm

livesoft wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:28 pm

Finally, think about how you don't wash dishes. For instance, I cook and eat oatmeal every single day, but I don't cook it in a pot on the stove, so I don't have to clean up dried up, caked on oatmeal from a metal pot. Instead, I use a large glass bowl in the microwave to cook it which also serves as a serving bowl AND a sink. After eating, I fill the bowl with a couple of drops of Dawn and some water. The oatmeal never has a chance to dry. Then I go do something else. I may put other things in the bowl. Then I rub it with my fingers, rinse it, and let it dry in the dishwasher (but I don't WASH it in the dishwasher).
interesting, that's exactly what i do. in fact, any time i use a bowl or large container for anything, it gets filled with soap and hot water and goes in the sink, where it sits and i deposit any utensils or other items that fit in it throughout the day. they soak until i feel like washing the dashes and the food comes right off.

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Post by GLState » Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:20 pm

When I was a kid, we didn't have these low-flow faucets, so the dish soap got agitated a lot more, which created more suds.

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Post by westie » Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:50 pm

Dawn ...great example of you get what you pay for...

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Post by Afty » Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:51 pm

CAsage wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:07 pm
Consumer reports has good info on washing machines. What I recall is that you are literally supposed to just scrape the dishes and load it up. The newer dish tablets have enzymes and longer wash cycles to dissolve all the dried on food, and that is where the savings in water comes from. Give it a try, I think we all tend to work too hard at "helping" the dishwasher.
+1. I didn't believe it either but recently stopped rinsing, and what do you know, the dishwasher actually works.

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Post by furikake » Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:02 pm

A friend of mine recently gave me a sponge thingy from Asia, this thing can hold dish soap for a long time. I do the same one squirt and I can clean the whole sink of dishes (I only do pots and pans mostly by hand, but regular dishes and utensils in dishwasher). When I was using the blue sponge with one side more coarse than the other, I had to squirt quite a few times for the same amount of dishes. I've been using the Kirkland brand eco friendly dish washing liquid for years.

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Post by tony_roach » Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:08 pm

Another one for the Dawn camp. We've used the original bottle and at times the foam pump version.

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Post by Toons » Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:08 pm

Dawn
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LilyFleur wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:55 pm
I find a really nice clear glass bottle with a stainless steel pour spout. I fill it mostly with filtered water, then add the clear liquid dish soap. I keep it on the black granite counter right by my sink. It's quick to grab so I can wash dishes right away, then I drain the dishes in the dishwasher. The soap squirts out really quickly and distributes better as it is already mixed with water, and it looks so much better on the countertop than anything in those garish green, orange, or blue colours. It is a curated object in my small home. :mrgreen:
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Post by jabberwockOG » Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:26 pm

Kirkland from Costco works great. A very good value.

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We use Bogleheads soap = the cheapest available and invest the difference.
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Post by GerryL » Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:43 pm

Dawn, in case I ever need to rescue a bird that’s been trapped in an oil spill. Also, a little goes a long way.

About oil spill: animal rescue teams actually include a bottle of Dawn in their rescue kits.

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Post by 3dream3 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:00 pm

z91 wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:21 pm
When I was growing up, I'd help my mom with the dishes. With 1-2 drops of Palmolive, soap suds galore and we were good for 15-20 mins of scrubbing.
I just had to respond when I read this first sentence since I can totally relate as this brings me back to when I was a kid... helping my mom... while using Palmolive... and playing with the suds that were left after finishing the dishes. Funny how certain smells trigger memories and Palmolive is one for me.

With that said, we don't even use Palmolive nowadays and only use the big bottle of Dawn from Costco. We then even mix it with water in an old Dawn foam dispenser to make the whole bottle last longer! :D

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Post by retiredjg » Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:59 am

Silence Dogood wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:55 pm
Seventh Generation

https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-dish-soap/
:shock: That's quite an article.

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CAsage wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:07 pm
Consumer reports has good info on washing machines. What I recall is that you are literally supposed to just scrape the dishes and load it up. The newer dish tablets have enzymes and longer wash cycles to dissolve all the dried on food, and that is where the savings in water comes from. Give it a try, I think we all tend to work too hard at "helping" the dishwasher.
I paper towel off excess food debris with a few wipes, because my theory is otherwise the filter would load up. Usually 1-3 dishes a load require this.

I use Seventh Generation https://www.seventhgeneration.com/dishw ... -detergent which works well and is the least plastic container. I suspect the gloss on the cardboard is not biodegradable, though. Before I moved to my current location, I could buy detergent in plain cardboard boxes, but they are nowhere to be found here.

I always use the Saniwash cycle on my GE dishwasher (extra hot water). Stuff comes out so clean and metal so shiny you could probably use it in an operating room.

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runner3081 wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:26 pm
Whatever brand Dollar Tree sells.

50 ounces for $1.00.
That's pretty much what I do.

I do wish some older brands would make a come-back, only because I miss being able show someone a picture of "my Pride and Joy"
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Post by SleepKing » Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:03 am

+1 Dawn. Bulk buy from warehouse club. Good forother uses besides dishes (ie window cleaning)

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Post by Herekittykitty » Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:00 am

Dawn, for years.

Works great for me. Quick and easy.


I have no idea why Dawn doesn't work for you. Assuming you are using genuine Dawn and not some watered down version - I'm wondering if the dish soap isn't the problem, but maybe something about either your expectations (no, things aren't the same as when we helped our mothers years ago, and our memories of that can be muddled anyway), or something about how you are washing the dishes or what shape they are in when you start washing them.

Start with a clean dish rag or clean sponge. Rinse the dishes off or put them in a sink full of water. Wipe off anything easily wiped off and that would interfere with contact with the soap and the dish. If they are super greasy give them a swipe with a paper towel (yes, Dawn gets grease off well, but if they are coated in grease it could take a little more).
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fru-gal wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:33 am
I paper towel off excess food debris with a few wipes, because my theory is otherwise the filter would load up. Usually 1-3 dishes a load require this.
I just scrape it off with either my kitchen sponge or the scrub brush that's always in my sink - and any excess goes right down the disposal! I will use a paper towel to scrape off any butter or fat from pans or plates, because that will clog pipes over time and I don't put any avoidable fat down the sink.
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z91 wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:21 pm
When I was growing up, I'd help my mom with the dishes. With 1-2 drops of Palmolive, soap suds galore and we were good for 15-20 mins of scrubbing.

I know a few years back there was some chemical change, but I'm very disappointed with how dish soap works nowadays. I use a small pump at home and pump 3-4 times into a sponge (half dollar sized amount) and I have to do it 4-5 times throughout the washing session.

I've tried Palmolive, Dawn, and the Kirkland branded one from Costco and they are all the same. Is there something I'm missing? I understand that the banning of certain chemicals is good for us, but I just feel so wasteful using so much soap to wash dishes.

We have a dishwasher, but with having to presoak and/or scrub, I think it takes more time.



Dawn or sometimes the store brand right next to it on the shelf that looks just like.Not not sure if it is actually Dawn in the bottle but it suggest it is.

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