Q. Can I put dish soap into my dishwasher?
A: No! While you may be tempted to put it in the dishwasher (especially if you run out of dishwasher detergent) do not make this mistake! Yes, both will clean dishes, but the formula of the products are VERY different. Liquid dish soap is very sudsy and it can damage the dishwasher, and you could end up with soap and bubbles pouring out of the machine, all over the kitchen floor!
Q: What is the best way to wash pots and pans that have burned-on stains?
A: Soaking pots and pans is a great first step to getting off stains that are burned on the items. Soaking allows the dish soap to break down the stains so that they are washed away more easily.
Q: Is it ok to use cold water to wash my dishes?
A: No, hot water is essential when you are hand washing dishes. Hot water gets rid of bacteria, cuts the grease and gets rid of the dirt, so that you don’t have to scrub as hard.
Q: What should I do to get the cleanest dishes?
A: You basically have two choices to wash your dishes.
Dilute is when you fill your sink with hot water and squirt the detergent in the water. This way is more economical because you use less detergent. Some pots and pans (like cast iron) cannot be immersed in water. You need to check the instructions on the pots and pans before immersing them in the sink.
Neat is when you put the detergent on the sponge and use that to wash your dirty dishes. This way is easier to get the dishes clean.