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 such as Palmolive* is an excellent 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.