Cleaning With Dishwashing Detergent

Dishwasher liquid, powder and tabs can be effective helpers when cleaning or doing the laundry. This is a page about cleaning with dishwashing detergent.


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June 28, 2010

In this day and age of more products to clean everything; stains, whiteners, brighteners, etc., who can afford it? I remembered a tip given to me from a friend years ago.

We are nurses and had to wear white. Bleaching your whites leaves them dingy and yellow after awhile. She recommended Cascade dishwashing detergent - the plain ole white powder stuff. Put your clothes in the hottest water they can stand, add 1/2 to 1 cup of the Cascade powder, and let soak for an hour. The enzymes break down the stains and whiten up the whites.

I recently had a grease/oil stain on a white jacket. I poured some of the white Cascade gel on it, rubbed it, and let it set for 5-10 minutes. The stain came right out! Other cleaning agents that you would normally buy for that were not working.


There you go, no need to run out and get 14 products to do your laundry. Look under the kitchen sink.

By Annlee from Newport, NY

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July 26, 2015

Can I use dish tabs on laundry?


July 27, 20150 found this helpful

Dish washing products are very different than clothes washing products. There are significant differences in the types of chemicals used and this grossly affects the end result on your dishes and clothes.

Dish washing detergents and the newer tablets contain chemicals that break up food waste left on dishes-what does this do to cloth?
They are not designed to remove clothing stains.


Depending upon ingredients, use may result in large volumes of suds that do not break down and will certainly affect your clothes and, perhaps, the machine.
If your washer is under warrantee and is damaged by use of a product not designed for the machine, the company may void the warrantee.

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August 29, 20151 found this helpful

You can use dishwasher detergent without putting it in the washing machine. Just soak your clothes in the dishwasher detergent to remove set-in stains, rinse several times by hand, then wash in washing machine as usual.

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October 7, 20151 found this helpful

I have been using dishwashing liquid like Dawn, Sunlight (Canada), Palmolive and any other good brand, (when on sale), for years. I add vinegar (degreaser) and use less soap. We tend to over soap, anyway. I use it on Cotton, polyester, wool (handwash in cold water) and every fabric that I use.Dishwash detergents are grease cutters...


so?? For gentler fabrics, use less. I also use vinegar in the rinse water as a fabric softener. I do not use commercial softeners. My clothes, sheets, towels etc are in perfect condition. I also use dishwashing liquid with vinegar for my bathtub and toilet bowl. A long time ago, I have released myself from the commercial brainwashing. All is well..

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November 12, 20150 found this helpful

I use it also. I figured it out one day when we attended a campfire and our jackets smelled like smoke when we returned home. A regular wash with clothes detergent did not get the smokey smell out. I don't know why or how I thought of it, I guess I figured I may as well try the dish detergent, it wouldn't hurt cause I'd have to throw the jackets away they were so bad smelling.


So I used a little dish liquid in the washing machine (top-load machine) and POOF! the smell was gone. It is awesome.

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August 26, 20171 found this helpful

My one suggestion is use only original Dawn. The other cheap dish soaps are oil based soaps and will eventually clog your drains. If you ever seen a cross section of an old pvc drain pipe, that built up gunk is liquid soap that cling to the PVC.

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February 19, 2017

Liquid dishwashing products, such as Dawn, are frequently used to hand wash clothing and remove stains. In a pinch if you are out of laundry soap, dishwasher detergent can be used as well as other products. This is a page about doing laundry with dishwashing detergent.

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