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Why Is Dawn Detergent Recommended So Often?

So many recipes for cleaners, insect control, plant food, etc and all-round-solutions-to-everything specifically recommend Dawn Dishwashing Liquid as one of the ingredients. Can someone tell me just what is so special about Dawn that it is recommended by name? What makes it superior to any other dishwashing liquid?

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June 15, 200510 found this helpful
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Several years ago after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, I was watching a news program when I noticed a bottle of Dawn on the cabinet in back of the people who were washing the ducks, otters and other animals damaged in that debacle. No mention was made at that time of the product, but I figured if it removed oil from ducks, it would do the same for my dishes and pans! Years later I learned Dawn was recommended for such extreme circumstances. I don't know how its particular ingredients combine to do the job...but they do!

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July 30, 20170 found this helpful

I have added some ammonia to better quality dish soap, it cuts oil & grease. I think that is why they recommend Dawn. Dawn label said not to add a bleach to dish soap! Ammonia & bleach don't mix!

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January 17, 20190 found this helpful

I suspect its because Dawn has the ingredient that is also an engine degreaser which is commonly found in hair shampoos - SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE

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March 31, 20190 found this helpful

They use Dawn because the manufacturer provides it to help clean oil spills, etc. for free as a marketing strategy. That way, when people see Dawn being used, they assume it must be the best grease cutter. It does not have any secret ingredient that it's competitors don't know about. It's just clever marketing and naive people are easily fooled into believing Dawn is a superior product. They get good press from helping to clean oil from animals, etc. and every oil spill is a 24/7 Dawn commercial. It's genius!

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August 28, 20190 found this helpful

Ammonia + Bleach gives off chlorine gas which has been used in chemical warfare. Be careful mixing and household products- they mean business!

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Anonymous
March 3, 20200 found this helpful

i want to know the ingredients

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March 4, 20200 found this helpful

Here is what CVS has listed as the ingredients. Keep in mind that this is for the original one and there are lots of different versions for sale.

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www.cvs.com/.../dawn-ultra-dishwashing-liquid-dish...

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By syd (Guest Post)
June 15, 20054 found this helpful
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It has ammonia in it.

Personally, you can take your favorite detergent and add your own ammonia to it!

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By (Guest Post)
June 16, 20056 found this helpful
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I don't know the ingredients but it is so highly recommended because it works so well while being safe. I live in Cincinnati (home of P&G who used to make Dawn) I remember a wreck a few years ago where an oil tranker lost it's load. P&G donated the Dawn to clean it up. With many products the of the generic will do but I've never found anything that is such a good cleaner--even all by itself.

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By Allison (Guest Post)
June 16, 20052 found this helpful
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In my opinion, the brand has just become a household name. Like, when you need to blow your nose, you reach for a "kleenex" and when you want an easy dessert you make "jello."

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By Memere (Guest Post)
June 18, 20057 found this helpful
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Several years ago my then 3 yr old granddaughter put a whole large jar of vaseline in her hair. Nothing seemed to get it out. They called the 800# on the vaseline bottle and explained their problem.

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They said use Dawn...it is mild and safe. It took a few washings because of the amount in her thick, long hair, but it worked like a charm. Keep a bottle on hand, if only for emergencies.

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October 2, 20083 found this helpful
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Dawn is the best for killing fleas also. Put water in a sprayer and spray the yard with it. My cat's come to me every morning and I use a flea comb on them and put a cup with one drop of Dawn and some water. Knock fleas in the water and in seconds they are dead

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August 2, 20170 found this helpful

I read on pet blogs from some people using Dawn to bathe their cats. (It was on a cat site)These gals were using it full strength. While I'm sure using it straight from the bottle won't really hurt your pet, it takes forever to rinse off ! I only use a few squirts in one side of the kitchen sink full of warm water, then rinse him well, of course.

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My cat is flea-free, and smells nice ! I haven't seen anymore fleas so we only bathe him now every 4-6 weeks to be clean. I'm one of those people who feel a cat does need bathing now and then ! (Others would have different opinions ! lol)

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September 25, 20171 found this helpful

If you wash the animal with Dawn, fleas will drop off &/or be combed off, appearing to be dead. If those immobile fleas are put into a bag you will see that they were stunned, not dead. They will be hopping around before too long. Thus any not removed from the pet will do the same. Dawn is very good for removing fleas from pets, really knocks them down, but they're not dead. When stunned fleas are put into a cup of soapy water they should die due to being in water & also the surface tension from the soap doesn't allow their escape. You can test this all of this

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April 24, 20180 found this helpful

It is, but the adult fleas you see are about 5% of the issue.....the other three life stages are in all your fabrics and rugs. Use a preventative on your cats.

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May 4, 20200 found this helpful

Dawn does not kill fleas anymore than any other liquid detergent...

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January 12, 200910 found this helpful
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I am a real skeptic about 'brand names'. That doesn't convince me at all, but Dawn is everything it claims to be.
2-3 drops make swishy water for wiping down the kitchen.

I use it to remove lanolin from raw sheep fleece (I'm a spinner etc). It really cuts grease.

Now watered down versions are sold in discount stores and that's a different story. Buy the regular Dawn, full strength. Best if you have Costco, buy the big one and it will last 6 months.

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January 14, 20093 found this helpful
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I've heard that Dawn contains ammonia. Makes sense: that would explain why it cleans so well and why it says don't add bleach.

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August 3, 20180 found this helpful

Hope not because then it bleaches what means ot will ruine the color of many thing also announced amonia is BAD.

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January 23, 20191 found this helpful
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PLEASE NEVER add bleach and ammonia together bc it make a poisonous gas and is harmful to breathe...It caused my newly married friend to have a miscarriage ...Very sad way to learn not to mix those together so please be very careful when mixing any chemicals together

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January 24, 20190 found this helpful

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.

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September 2, 20116 found this helpful
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Wow! This is an excellent post. I have learned so much from reading all of these recommendations for Dawn. There is no higher praise for any product than the loyalty of its customers. All of these satisfied customers just couldn't be wrong. I've just added a bottle of Dawn to my shopping list! Thanks to you all.

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March 18, 20180 found this helpful

I use Dawn & household peroxide to remove wine stains -- works like a charm!

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February 18, 20135 found this helpful
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The comment of Dawn being used during the Valdez Oil Spill is true. Here in New Orleans when BP had an off-shore oil rig explode and thousands of oil messed up our whole Gulf Coast, many different kinds of animals were trapped in large pools of sticky oil. When they were rescued, they were cleaned with Dawn dishwashing detergent. I still remember seeing a bottle sitting on the beach during the newscast. I have been using Dawn ever since. I never thought about using it as a spot cleaner. Great idea!

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September 27, 20200 found this helpful

Ok, it may be true, BUT also, Dawn is made by PROCTER and GAMBLE. PROCTER and GAMBLE TESTS ON ANIMALS. Actually THEY TORTURE animals :'( Maybe they made that commercial to aleve their guilt. I try not to buy Procter and Gamble products whenever possible.

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By Barbie (Guest Post)
June 15, 20051 found this helpful

it has ammonia that is why it cannot and should not be mixed with bleach.....

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May 29, 20190 found this helpful

You are absolutely correct about mixing chemicals and bleach and ammonia are one as well as bleach and CLR. My mother had a toxic inhalation of the latter while cleaning out her teapot. It burned the lining of her lungs, all airways passages and she almost died. Suffered with the results all the rest of her life having to use oxygen full time and definitely changed her lifestyle.

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By aeromama (Guest Post)
June 15, 20050 found this helpful

It cuts grease!

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June 16, 20050 found this helpful

We love Dawn and have found that the store brand of Dawn is never the same. It is a great grease cutter and you don't have to use a lot to wash your dishes.

Ziggee

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By melinda. (Guest Post)
June 17, 20050 found this helpful

It is the best spot remover for washables that I've ever found and way cheaper than the traditional laundry pre-spots.

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June 21, 20051 found this helpful

I don't know why, but this is the only dishsoap I can use in the winter, as all others make my skin crack on my fingers. I have very few using Dawn.

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April 17, 20160 found this helpful

Yours is still my question, what is different in the Dawn formula. I'm sensitive to it while I'm not to Palmolive, my personal favorite. It must have some additional caustic ingredient.

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April 18, 20160 found this helpful

I believe that most dish detergents today, including Dawn, have ammonia added. This boosts their cleaning power but makes them less gentle. Perhaps Palmolive is still using their original formula or hasn't included whatever is causing your sensitivity.

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July 18, 20160 found this helpful

Dawn is not a detergent, it's a soap, which is a natural product. Detergents are alkaline, synthetic, and used for laundry/dishwashers.

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September 30, 20160 found this helpful

I too am sensitive to Dawn and do not see why it should be so much better than Palmolive, or others for that matter. It burns my skin. Sure, store brands are not worth the money but Palmolive is the best pretreater and general cleaner I have used.

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September 30, 20160 found this helpful

If it is so "natural" why does it burn my skin?

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April 28, 20170 found this helpful

That's incorrect. Dawn is absolutely a detergent. That's why it's effective at cutting grease.

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April 28, 20170 found this helpful

This NPR report makes it clear that Dawn, like every other liquid dish detergent, IS a detergent, and it contains petroleum.

www.npr.org/.../story.php?storyId=127999735

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December 12, 20170 found this helpful

It may burn your skin because it contains ammonia. Perhaps you are very sensitive to it. I've always heard good things about Palmolive as well.

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June 10, 20160 found this helpful

I think that Dawn should indicate exactly what it is made of on the bottle, I have looked at their website and the don't say anything about ingredients....that wouldn't be allowed in Europe.

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August 31, 20161 found this helpful

Years ago I took a cake decorating class. We use a lot of oily products in making the frosting and fondant. Best recommendation ever was by the instructor, who has worked for several impressive cake shops, use dawn for clean up. I have since kept a solution in a spray bottle under the sink for quick clean ups. My husband grabbed the bottle one day and was spraying box elder bugs on our deck...I was amazed when it actually killed them.

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Anonymous
November 20, 20160 found this helpful

I always thought it had some ammonia in it that cuts grease.

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August 3, 20170 found this helpful

The biodegradable surfactants in Dawn will kill bugs, because this Alkyl Polyglucosides refers to modified sugars. It will get in the trachea of insects and suffocate them, particularly small insects," Gary Puterka of the USDA's Agricultural Research Center. "The other mechanism is disruption of the insect's cuticle, causing rapid water loss." It causes the insect to lose water, shrivel, and die of dehydration.
www.livescience.com/3856-sugar-sweet.html

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August 4, 20170 found this helpful

I have over the years tried many dish detergents, but I keep coming back to DAWN, it just plain works better than the rest. I use it for presoaking my T-shirts if I mistakenly get tomato sauce or other food stains on my tops or bottoms. Dawn just simply does a great job on so many different levels. I also use it to clean my windows. Just a little dab does wonders for so many cleaning chores.

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August 22, 20170 found this helpful

they call for it in neem oil plant sprays they say its used to help the oil mix with the water not separated on top like most oils are it. its that that id like to know about.

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August 23, 20170 found this helpful

It's an effective cleaner that won't harm the environment

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January 6, 20180 found this helpful

We recently had a house fire (no one got hurt) and a firefighter recommended washing the clothes in Dawn dish soap to get the soot and smeel out. I prewashed everything in the bathtub using Dawn before washing it in the washer. Worked like a charm. Washed first load in the washer three times, without prewashing in Dawn and the clothes still heavily smelled like smoke.

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