What you can't clean with dishwashing detergent: five taboos

Alina MilsentLife
Dishwashing detergent

Dishwashing detergent is used as the main ingredients for many homemade cleaning solutions. Indeed, it has a stronger formula for removing stubborn and greasy stains.

However, cleaning experts advise caution in misusing dishwashing detergent. OBOZREVATEL has analyzed what should not be cleaned with these means.


If you suddenly run out of laundry detergent and need to wash your clothes urgently, do not use dishwashing detergent as a substitute. Dishwashing detergent is especially dangerous for certain types of fabrics, particularly wool and silk. In addition, dishwashing detergent does not rinse well and will leave a soapy residue on your clothes. And hard water can only make things worse.

Leather furniture

Mixing dishwashing detergent with water and wiping furniture with the solution can damage the leather. Dark stains will remain on the surface, which cannot be cleaned with anything.

Experts also note: such detergents have a high pH level, so spot treatment of stains can lead to cracking and peeling of the leather surface.


Carpets are cleaned with special products at the expense of foam. Water should not be too absorbed into the pile, otherwise it will quickly lead to mold.

Dishwashing detergent is difficult to remove from the fibers, the carpet will remain wet for a long time. Alternatively, a mixture of water and detergent can be used, but strictly following the proportion: 1 teaspoon of detergent per 1 cup of water.

What you can't clean with dishwashing detergent: five taboos

Toilet cistern

Sometimes you get the mistaken impression that dishwashing detergent is perfect for removing dirt and buildup from your cistern drain. But it isn't. Detergents can damage plastic and rubber parts over time. It is better to buy special toilet cleaners.

Coffee maker

Similar to the previous point, dishwashing detergent can damage some of the plastic parts in the coffee maker. If you do decide to wash the inside of your coffee maker with dishwashing detergent, make sure to rinse repeatedly and thoroughly, otherwise there is a risk that the coffee maker will give you a cup of soapy coffee.

Previously, OBOZREVATEL told what you can quickly and safely wash the multicooker.

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