With so many dish soaps on the market, it’s hard to determine which is the best for your own personal use at home. Do you wash your dishes by hand, or do you simply load the dishwasher, add the detergent, and push the 'on' button? There are a variety of scents and textures, which makes choosing that much more difficult.
How would one go about selecting a top-rated dish soap?
The first step is to check online at some customer review websites, which might include expotv.com, or viewpoints.com.
Another standard for researching is reading Consumer Reports, which can also be reached at consumerreports.org.
Interestingly enough, Palmolive Dishwashing Liquid (yes, the kind Madge used to soak her clients nails in) was reviewed by a motorcycle shop and got rave reviews for cleaning the grease and wax. They wanted to put a few dish soaps to the test and found that although Ivory Ultra was the best for cleaning power, Palmolive came in just slightly cheaper, so it was the preferred cleaner.
If you are a 'green' consumer, you may be looking for something that is not only safe for your hands, but safe for the environment as well.
Caldrea is a company that manufactures as close-to-nature as possible. The company is very environmentally conscious and encourages workers to find alternative transportation to work, such as biking or commuter services. Their high-end products for kitchen use range in price from $9 - $12, with an essential cleaning bucket filled with product that sells for $75. They use no antibacterial or antiseptic ingredients, do not test their products on animals, and use essential oils in their products. You can find Caldrea products in specialty shops, or online at caldrea.com.
Seventh Generation is also another 'green' company that strives to be kind and gentle to humans and nature. They are non-toxic, biodegradable, hypo-allergenic, phosphate free, not tested on animals, septic safe, kosher-certified and use recycled products for their containers.
Their product line is available at Albertsons, Target, Kroger, and Walgreens to name a few, and you can find them online at seventhgeneration.com.
If you are addicted to your dishwasher and are looking for a product that cleans effectively, Cascade Complete All-In-One packets get high marks for cutting through tough stuck-on foods and grime. Cascade with Extra Bleach Action Liquid, Cascade Action Packs with Dawn and Cascade Action Pacs with Extra Bleach also get high marks for effective cleaning power. Method's Smarty Dish Tablets come in with good marks, as does Simplicity's dishwasher tablets.
To find the best dish soap for your own use, buy a few small bottles to sample and make notes. If you don't like the way they clean dishes, they might make wonderful bubbles in the kiddie pool!