Hi all! The Dropps Research & Development Department gets asked a lot if laundry detergent can be used as alternative for dishwasher detergent. We're here today to set the record straight.
Laundry detergent liquids and single dose pods should NEVER be used in dishwashers. They contain cleaning ingredients that will produce suds. If they are used in a dishwasher, LOTS of suds will be produced which may leak from the dishwasher onto the floor and cause a huge mess.
It’s also not a good idea to use laundry detergent to wash dishes. That being said if you run out of dish soap and need to wash your dishes, laundry detergent can be a temporary substitute.
However, there are a few things to always remember:
1. Use Gloves
Laundry detergents often contain enzymes that deep clean fabrics and target particular stains. Enzymes can be irritating to the skin. Protect your hands with gloves.
2. Use a Small Amount of Detergent
2 teaspoons of laundry detergent is sufficient for a sink full of water.
3. Rinse Dishes Well
The ingredients used in laundry detergents are specifically chosen to work in washing machines. Rinse your dishes thoroughly under running water to ensure all the detergent residue is removed. If residue is left on dishes, cups and plates it could be ingested.