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Bar soap for hand-washing dishes?

post #1 of 21
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What is a good kind of bar soap to use for hand-washing dishes?  We seem to go through a LOT of the liquid stuff.  I'd like to instead have a bar of soap by the kitchen sink that we could rub the sponge over and get suds for hand-washing dishes.  Would Fels Naptha work for this?  Another kind?  Please let me know.

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post #2 of 21

We use a lot of soap too, but it's about how people wash dishes. I think if you run a sink of hot soapy water to first soak and then individually wash all the dishes you save soap, if you have an open sink and squirt soap on each plate and dish you wash you waste a lot of soap. Some folks wash differently. I like the BIG bottles of Palmolive at WalMart or Costco, real money saver. Remember whatever you use you must rinse those dishes thoroughly, excess soap residue on dishes causes folks to have diarrhea.

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post #3 of 21

bigmike&nan :

I think if you run a sink of hot soapy water to first soak and then individually wash all the dishes you save soap, if you have an open sink and squirt soap on each plate and dish you wash you waste a lot of soap. 


I agree with Big Mike...as to what bar soap is best at killing germs, I would have to say Dial soap. My doctor told me to use Dial bar soap to clean a wound on one of my kids that had become infected. He said that it was the best at killing germs.

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post #4 of 21

I just use one of those sponge scrubbers that holds liquid dish soap inside the handle.

post #5 of 21

I think I'd use something really plain and hard, like Ivory or a Sunlight laundry soap bar. In the old days there used to be a little cage with a handle on it and you would put your soap bits and pieces in it and swish it through the water to make it soapy.

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post #6 of 21

I have a dishpan that I set up next to my sink with hot water and palmolive, and then one side I fill up with hot clean water.  The dishes get soaked and scrubbed in the tub, then dropped into the clean water, and then rinsed on the other half of the sink.

Palmolive (the green kind) is great, you don't have to use much of it at all, and I like the smell.

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post #7 of 21
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We do have a dishwasher (I mix my own powdered detergent for that) that washes most of the dishes.  I may pre-soak the dirty dishes, collecting them in one half of the sink and letting them set in soapy water to loosen the food.  I do not believe in pre-washing the dishes that go into the dish washer.  But for the few things that need to be washed by hand I wanted to use a bar soap instead of the liquid.  My hard-headed family insists on pumping about a jillion squirts of soap into each item being washed.  YOU go ahead and tell them how to do it less wastefully. roll  So I thought that by having a bar of soap there we could instead rub the dish sponge/rag over the bar to get enough lather for washing the item.

Do I really need something that is antibacterial, or just good at cutting grease?  I thought there was something sold in the Kosher foods section of the grocery, some sort of "kitchen soap" I could use.

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post #8 of 21

There are only 2 people in this house and I have a sink of dirty dishes from morning til night.  DH and I hand wash 3 times a day, no dishwasher!!!  I use a 24 oz. bottle of Dawn and it lasts me a month!  Doesn't take much at all.

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Originally Posted by Sunny_Side_Up 

We do have a dishwasher (I mix my own powdered detergent for that) that washes most of the dishes.  I may pre-soak the dirty dishes, collecting them in one half of the sink and letting them set in soapy water to loosen the food.  I do not believe in pre-washing the dishes that go into the dish washer.  But for the few things that need to be washed by hand I wanted to use a bar soap instead of the liquid.  My hard-headed family insists on pumping about a jillion squirts of soap into each item being washed.  YOU go ahead and tell them how to do it less wastefully. roll  So I thought that by having a bar of soap there we could instead rub the dish sponge/rag over the bar to get enough lather for washing the item.

Do I really need something that is antibacterial, or just good at cutting grease?  I thought there was something sold in the Kosher foods section of the grocery, some sort of "kitchen soap" I could use.


So your hard headed family is the problem.    Have a family meeting and explain the problem.  Then do the one tub of hot soapy water to wash the dishes and then rinse methodology.   

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post #10 of 21

You might also just get a plain, old-fashioned bar of lye soap.  It's good for washing just about everything -- my mom even likes to use it on her hair.  It doesn't make a lot of suds, but does cut grease and clean very well.

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Momma loves her babies!  8 cats, 45 inside birds, 3 guineas,  RIRs, BRs,  BOs ,  Lorpie girls, Golden Comets, OEGB  BBreds, bantam frizzle cochins,  3 white Silkies, EEs, some silkie/cochin mixes, silkie/frizzles, ducks (3 white Pekins, 1 buff Saxony & 1 Silver Appleyard), and 1 Blue Slate turkey who thinks she's a chicken...   (did I miss anyone?...)  Nope!  Now let's all have pie. 
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