Dish soap is great for many purposes beyond cleaning dishes. It cuts through grease and leaves things squeaky-clean. However, there are a few things you should never do with dish soap. Here are a few.
- Mix with Bleach. Cleansers are powerful on their own, but can be toxic when combined. Never mix your dish soap with bleach, ammonia or any cleanser.
- Wash Cast Iron. While you can technically wash your cast iron with soap, you generally shouldn’t. If you are going to do it, you shouldn’t be doing it too often. Instead opt for oil and salt.
- Put it in the Dishwasher. It may be tempting to put dish soap in a dishwasher when you run out of dishwasher detergent, but don’t! They both clean dishes, but the formulas are completely different. The dish soap can harm your dishwasher or leave you with a bubbly mess.
- Put it in the Washing Machine. The same rule applies, dish soap is not formulated to work in a washing machine. It can lead to more suds than your machine can handle.
- Wash Your Car. Your car’s paint is strong, but dish soap can actually weaken it. A harsh cleaner can strip away the finish leaving it vulnerable to chips and dullness. Use a specialized car clean instead.
- Wash Your Face. Generally you should cut down on the contact with dish soap. Gloves are a great choice for washing dishes. Dish soap should definitely not go on your face.
Source: the Kitchn