How to Use Dishwashing Liquid Properly

What is dishwashing liquid?

Whether you wash a sink full of dirty dishes or just a few items you will want to use dishwashing liquid that has an effective cleaning ingredients to ensure the cleanliness of your dishes.

Dishwashing liquid is a concentrated liquid that surely cut tough grease and removes bad smell and food stain effectively in one wash leaving your utensils, and dishes squeaky clean, and fresh.

How does dishwashing liquid work?

Did you know that the way dishwashing liquid works is very clever? The solution contains molecules that have two opposing sides, one side is hydrophilic – means it loves water, and the other side is hydrophobic – which means it does everything it can to stay away from the water.

The hydrophobic sides of the molecules clings to the grease of the dirty dishes while the hydrophilic sides try their best to get into the water. Fortunately, the hydrophilic sides are a bit stronger and the molecules are drawn into the water with the grease attached.

How to use dishwashing liquid?

There are two common ways to use dishwashing liquid:

Dilute is filling a dishpan or sink with water and adding the liquid detergent in. It is more economical and can make your dishwashing last longer and save you money. You only need one or two squirt to create enough soap to wash all of your dirty dishes. If you add too much you’ll be fighting through the suds to find your utensils and glasses;

Neat is applying or squirting dishwashing liquid directly into the sponge or washcloth and use it directly on the dirty dishes. Although this way is more convenient, if you’re doing this technique you are throwing away money, besides using too much of dishwashing liquid, you are also using more water to rinse it off.

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Washing Directions


Remove leftover food and grease from dishes using a rubber spatula or paper towels. Do not pour grease down the drain, it will clog the drain up. Soak dishes with heavy grease, or burnt food first before washing. To do this, pour 1 to 2 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid into the sink full of hot water. Immerse the soiled dishes and cookware. Soak about 15 to 30 minutes then drain the water and wash.

Note: Read the label or manufacturer’s instruction of your cookware before soaking it into the water.

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Pour 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid into the sink with hot water. Start scrubbing lightly soiled items such as utensils, and glasses, followed by plates, serving dishes and finally cookware. Make sure to scrub every part of each item including the handles of coffee cups, or saucepans where finger oils have been deposited.

Change the dishwashing solution when it becomes greasy, or when the suds disappear, otherwise film and soil on dishes will not be completely removed. Handle knives carefully by their handles. Do not pile them in the sink, and wash them separately one by one and rack them with handles up. Be aware of the glassware, especially when washing delicate items that could break and potentially cause injury.


After you finish scrubbing, rinse dishes properly with cold water to remove the soap. Fill the sink with water and dunk the dishes in to rinse them, replace the water when needed. Be sure to rinse inside cups, bowls, and glassware. You can also rinse your dishes under the tap but have in mind that the continuous running of water will get your water bill higher.

After rinsing double check each dish and make sure that it is cleaned properly, you do not want to have any remaining food or sauce or soap on your dishes. Make sure to wash all those suds off before drying your dishes.

It is important to use dishwashing liquid, but which one should you use? Look for product that tackles tough grease just in one wash, and also kind to your skin like Soak N Relax Liquid Detergent. Not only tough on grease and dirt, it can also save you money. Interested in getting more details on our products? Visit our cleaning products page by clicking the button below.


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