Q:

Can you use laundry soap to wash dishes?

A:

Laundry detergent can be used to wash dishes in either a sink or a dishwasher; however, it is not a good idea to use laundry detergent to wash dishes. Using laundry detergent in a dishwasher may void the dishwasher's warranty.

Laundry detergents may contain chemicals, such as brighteners, stain removers and fragrances, that can become a gas when heated in a dishwasher. This gas may be dangerous if inhaled. While it is possible to avoid the release of noxious fumes by washing dishes in the sink, laundry detergent may not rinse off the dishes completely, which can leave a residue.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    How do I wash dishes properly?

    A:

    It is easiest to wash dishes properly by getting organized at the start of the process, according to Dummies.com. Start with a clean dish drying rack by putting away any leftover clean dishes from the last wash. Stack the dirty dishes in one sink according to type, separating the glasses, the plates and the silverware. Use plenty of hot water, but use dish-washing soap sparingly.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Can you use non-HE laundry soap in an HE washing machine?

    A:

    Non-HE detergent should not be used in a high-efficiency washing machine, according to Maytag. The machines use less water than regular machines, and using regular soap in an HE machine can create water that is too sudsy to perform properly.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you load the dishes into the dishwasher?

    A:

    When loading dishes into a dishwasher, it is best to place plates, bowls, cookware, pots, pans and other large items on the bottom rack. Glasses, cups, dishwasher-safe plastics, wineglasses, mixing bowls and odd-shaped or large utensils are best placed on the dishwasher's top rack. Silverware should be placed in the silverware basket. It is important to ensure that each item can be reached by the spray arm or water jets.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why would a dishwasher leave a film on the dishes?

    A:

    Reasons for a film on the dishes include too much detergent, unsuitable water temperature or hard water minerals. If the film will not come off when washed by hand, it could be a permanent etching caused by soft water and excessive heat or too much detergent.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore