For as long as I can remember, Dawn Dishwashing Liquid has been sitting on the back of the kitchen sink, dating all the way back to my childhood. There has been the occasional on sale brand, but the consistent brand has been Dawn. Dawn Dishwashing Liquid has a reputation for being tough on grease and the results speak for themselves. Squeaky clean pots and pans are not the kind of commercial targeted for kids yet the commercials of Dawn neutralizing grease are forever embedded in my mind. I also remember commercials of Dawn being used to clean birds and animals covered in oil from the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
The familiar blue color is as much a part of the product as the product name. Dishes washed using Dawn Dishwasing Liquid are squeaky clean. This product neutralizes grease without being harsh on hands. Other scents and colors may now be available, however Dawn original scent somehow finds its way back to the kitchen sink. It is now available in an ultra concentrated formula. A small amount contains the same cleaning power as the regular formula.
Dawn Dishwashing Liquid is not designed for use in dishwashers. This product is for washing dishes the old fashioned way, by hand. It contains biodegradable anionic surfactants and does not contain any phosphate. The label warns to not add bleach when using Dawn Dishwashing Liquid.