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Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dishwashing liquid, dishwasher detergent and Palmolive® products.
Hand dishwashing liquids are formulated to facilitate the removal of greasy baked-on food from dishes (glasses, plates, utensils, pots, etc.). They also suspend (emulsify) the grease in the wash water to facilitate rinsing.
There is a wide choice of products formulated to clean effectively. In theory, any detergent or soap can be used for hand dishwashing, except an automatic dishwasher detergent. However, soap has become almost extinct as a dishwashing product and many all-purpose cleaners or laundry detergents do not produce optimum results. These may leave spots and streaks, may not completely dissolve, or may discolor certain metals with soaking. A well-formulated, all-purpose detergent may be used for dishes in some economy-minded homes, but a light duty liquid hand dishwashing liquid like Palmolive® is an optimal choice.
Palmolive® dishwashing liquids are very versatile. Along with dishes, they can also be used to clean:
Remember — never use your dish liquid in an automatic dishwasher, and never mix your dish liquid with bleach or ammonia.
Palmolive® eco+® is phosphate-free, so it provides one small, ecologically friendly step consumers can take as part of their weekly dishwashing routine.
Palmolive® eco+® is available in 3 naturally-inspired fragrances: Lemon Splash®, Citrus Apple Splash, and Lavender Splash®.
Water temperature is the single most important factor in good cleaning. The ideal temperature should be between 120-130 degrees. You may need to adjust your hot water heater.
Palmolive® eco+® dishwasher detergent is available in the household products aisle in stores where dishwashing detergents are sold.
Water hardness is determined by calcium and magnesium salts in the water. The higher the level of these salts, the "harder" the water is. Hard water can also cause spotting or filming on your dishes. Since water hardness varies from town to town, the easiest way to determine if you have hard water is to call your local water company or public utility service department.
Every dishwasher is designed differently, so the best approach is to check the manual that came with your machine. You should use the following general guidelines:
The forceful action, hot water and detergent in a dishwasher can be harmful to some items. Some items you should wash with caution are:
No. While some household cleaning products are multi-purpose, Palmolive® eco+® gel dishwasher detergent is formulated specifically for use in a dishwasher.
Pre-rinsing your dishes is unnecessary. Palmolive® eco+® leaves your dishes sparkling clean as long as large pieces of food are scraped off of plates before they are loaded.
It should be kept in a cool dry place to prevent the detergent from picking up moisture. Be sure to close the package tightly after use and store out of the reach of small children and pets.