Should I use dish soap in my clothes washing machine?
While we don’t advocate using dish soap as a substitute for laundry detergent, Dawn® can be a very helpful pre-treater for clothing stains like tomato sauce, blueberries, and grease. Here’s how:
- Apply Dawn directly to any cotton/polycotton fabric*, covering the entire stained area, and rub it in using your fingers.
- Then wash it normally with Tide in your washing machine**.
- Do not reapply Dawn to the same spot and wash again.
When stains happen, pre-treat them with the power of Dawn.
*For best results, use a little less than two teaspoons (9.5 mL) of Dawn in a top-loading washing machine-be sure not to use too much, and don’t use on delicate fabrics like silk. Spot test with a small drop in a less visible area to make sure the material will not be damaged.
**HE washing machines can be sensitive and cycle times may vary.
Dishwasher detergent is specifically created for use in the dishwasher. One of its most important features is suds control. Dish soap also helps give water the properties it needs to loosen stuck-on food particles and greasy residues without leaving water spots behind. It even has ingredients that protect your dishes from the effects of heat and water over many cycles! Too much foam from hand dish soap can weaken the washing action and cause the dishwasher to overflow, which can damage it. Try Cascade Complete® Pacs. They combine the best of Cascade powder and gel into one pac that can power away stuck-on food.
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