DON'T Try This Viral Dishwasher Hack

A new dishwashing hack is circulating through social media that involves mixing 3 drops of Dawn dishwashing liquid with 3 tablespoons of baking soda to create a substitute detergent powder. Here’s why you DON’T want to do that. On a chemical level, Dawn and dishwashing detergent are formulated to work in completely different ways. Dishwashing detergents are designed specifically for the wash action found in a dishwasher. They have to break down grease and food oils, but also be very low sudsing. They contain chemicals with a high pH and often small amounts of chlorine bleach. They do a great job at cleaning dishes, but would be too harsh to use for hand-washing dishes because mixture of enzymes is significantly different. Then there’s the problem of suds. Even a small amount of Dawn can create a large amount of suds. Those suds in a dishwasher would make it hard, if not impossible, for the spraying mechanisms of the dishwasher to rinse completely. The suds can leak into your machine, leave a residue on your dishes, or — worst case scenario — damage your dishwasher and void your warranty. Just buy and use dishwashing detergent, and don’t try to make your own. Chemistry is real, and not all products are created equally.