Have you ever washed your dishes with washing powder before?

@cream97 (29169)
United States
January 9, 2010 12:28pm CST
We have when we was younger. I know that this may sound disgusting. When we did not have liquid detergent, we would use washing powder. It could be Surf or Tide. I know now, that this was never safe to do. But we had no choice but to. In order for our dishes to become clean we had to use washing powder. I use liquid only to wash my dishes in. This is just something that I did when I was younger. We were told to do this. Have you ever washed your dishes with washing powder before?
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@jaiho2009 (39021)
• Philippines
9 Jan 10
hello cream, Yes,(ahaha),but i dilute with it water,i put the washing powder to an empty dish washing liquid container and dilute with water. I shake it to dissolve the powder and my youngest son will play the bubbles. My daughter always get annoyed everytime we run out of dish washing liquid,that is why she always keep on monitored that we had stock,for she hated using the washing powder. nice topic dear
• United States
9 Jan 10
no but i've used comet on hopelessly greasy pans. i rewashed it in regular soap,but that was the only way to get that grease off.
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@cream97 (29169)
• United States
9 Jan 10
Comet works effectively in removing hard grease stains, I admit. I have used this to clean out my tub.
@Hatley (164736)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Jan 10
hi cream97 yes just once but it made me think that this is not really such a great idea, as you do not know if any of the residue or chemicals might stay on the dishes , so did not do it again. I have tried to wash clothes with dove dish soap but it did not really do a great cleaning job o n the clothes unfortunately, so back to real dish soap and real detergent for laundry.
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@cream97 (29169)
• United States
9 Jan 10
Someone tole my husband that he could try using Dawn detergent on our clothing to wash them. He used it and it worked well on our clothes, it left it smelling good. I was so surprised. Dawn is $1.00 and I know what to use when I am running low on money.
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Jan 10
Only in the dishwasher, ie Cascade. But I guess if I didn't have any liquid or any possibility of getting any soon, I might used powder, or bar soap, or whatever I could get hold of. I have, however, occasionally used liquid hand washing soap for dishes when we were out of dishwashing liquid.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
11 Jan 10
I would use washing powder only for pots which are black with soot. It makes the pots shine. However, for dishes, using liquid detergent is enough for me as it is easier on the hands compared to using powder.
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
11 Jan 10
I think I did when I was young too. As kids, we had to take turns doing the dishes, and I thik I could remember doing it with powdered soap. But I do remember diluting it with water as it was hard to rinse if we didn't. Funny, how we did things when we were young. And we seem to forget when we learn other conveniences in life.
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• Malaysia
10 Jan 10
Hi, Cream! Yes, we would use the washing powder for a few times only just in case we've run out the liquid detergent on that particular day. Normally, we would mix it with lime or calamansi juices to get more satisfying cleaning result. I don't think it's disgusting at all. It might be not safe due to certain chemical for a long term usage, but it's quite handy when we need it urgently.
@bingchen (1126)
• China
10 Jan 10
i have never do like that,if i wash my dshes with washing powder before,i think that i disgust and could not eat diet.because i know that the chemical compisitoin is large in washing powder,it effect human's health.so i hope to use other way to clean my dishes.for example hot water or washing sperm
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• Philippines
10 Jan 10
of course i do. believe it or not we even use soap bar in washing our dishes here.
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@kellyjeanne (1576)
• United States
10 Jan 10
No I haven't and I imagine that you would have to make an effort to rinse the dishes very well to get all the soap off of them because of the nature of the detergent. I'm glad to hear that you and your family never got sick because of it. Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
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@olisaur (1932)
• United States
10 Jan 10
I have never used powdered soap/detergent or any kind on dishes. I'm so used to liquid soap, I think it'd be too weird. w
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• Philippines
9 Jan 10
I do it when i run out of the dishwashing liquid and sometimes even the hard soap i use it. i make sure i throughly clean the dishes making sure no soap residues are left.
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@ronnyb (6125)
• Jamaica
9 Jan 10
I dont think it is disgusting at all .As a matter of fact I still was my plates with soap powder and I think it gives my plates a pretty good clean .I dont see any problem with it.As a matter of fact I think it gives a better wash than liquid soap
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@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
9 Jan 10
No but I did the opposit before. I tried to wash my laundry with the liquid laundry detergent once. It was the middle of the winter and driving conditions were not safe and I was out of laundry detergent, so I tried using dish soap in the washer. Huge mistake. There were bubbles brimming over the sides of my washing machine and dripping on the floor, at least the floor got a good washing too, but from what I have read I was lucky I did not break my washer when I did that.
• Philippines
2 May 10
Yes I did. When I was younger we used to wash dishes with detergent powder and even melted detergent bars. My parents thought that it will make the utensils clean coz it is the one which is used for washing clothes. When I finished my studies I learned that it is not good. Now in my own house, I only use dishwashing liquid or paste. When I think of it I realize that being innocent on things is dangerous.
@peavey (16332)
• United States
2 May 10
Yes, I've done it. It's soap and it got the dishes clean. The only problem was that it's harder to rinse off that dish soap and that makes the dishes hard to handle without dropping them. I don't know why it isn't safe? You rinse all of it off when the dishes are clean.
• India
24 Feb 10
yes......for a couple of times, My hubby has given detergent powder to my maid servant, when she asked for. This is out of confusion, he did it. But, its never safe to use detergent powder instead of dish washing poswer. Its too dangerous, not hygiene to the kids. These utensils may cause ill effect on health, because strong chemicals are used in the powder.
@Buchi_bulla (8299)
• India
17 Jan 10
When we go out of station or stay in hospital for family member's sickness, we use detergent powder for washing spoons, plates and glasses. Since it is temporary, I feel it is ok for convenience's sake.
@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
14 Jan 10
Hi Cream No I have never done this before I rather wash the Dishe in just hot water if I should run out of Washing up Liquid which I normally don't lol as I always buy 2 to make sure I do not run out
@suzzy3 (8365)
11 Jan 10
I have had to do that in the past ,just make sure your rinse the dishes well or it can taste of powder it can cut down on extra expense ,also it is good for floor washing just don't put to much in the water or it will bubble everywhere.I also use washing powder to soak teaspoons if they get tea stained.