Can you use laundry detergent to wash dishes?
This was the question that I received from my very concerned friend one afternoon while at work. My immediate and uncontrollable reaction was to giggle a little bit. See I only graduated from UCLA a year ago; my friends and I are still getting a hang of the whole cleaning thing. I mean it’s only our second year in an apartment. Once I stopped giggling , I responded, “Amanda, you thought you could use laundry detergent to clean dishes?!” I have been involved with Grab Green since I was 14 years old and never stopped to think that I might know a little more about the cleaning do’s and don’ts then most 23 year olds. Did she think that you could use laundry detergent to clean dishes?
I was relieved to find out that my friend had accidentally put laundry detergent in the dishwasher. Her apartment had actually been using Grab Green laundry detergent pods in the kitchen for a couple months before they realized the mistake they had been making! The dishes were coming out clean and they were enjoying the fragrance. To them, the product seemed to be working just fine. Luckily they had been using Grab Green products. So, after Amanda asked me many times in many different ways “Can laundry detergent be used in the dishwasher?” “Is it safe to use in the dishwasher? “Are we going to get sick?,” I was able to tell her that she would be okay!
Because Grab Green products are non-toxic, my friends were completely fine! They had no negative side-effects even though they had been making this mistake for a couple of months.
No, you should not use laundry detergent in the dishwasher. But it is reassuring that there is a product out there, that when you make this somewhat common little mistake, will not have a consequential or sickening reaction.
Dishwashing detergent and laundry detergent are two different products because each has a unique formula making it most effective for the job it is named for. So, while Grab Green products are safer than most and are non-toxic, I recommend sticking to dishwasher detergent in the kitchen.