What Is Dish Wash Liquids

In this brief page I will try to provide you with a simple and clear explanation about dish wash liquids:

what is it? What’s in it? What is saponification?

To begin with, dish wash liquids is a surfactant.

“Ok”, you say, “and what in the world is a surfactant???”

In the simplest of chemical lingo, a surfactant is a surface-active agent. Let me see if I can make it simpler still…

With the assistance of water, dish wash liquids works by suspending surface dirt particles, whether on your skin or clothing. The suspended dirt is then effectively eliminated (by you or your washing machine) by rinsing it off with clean, fresh water.

Dish wash liquids and water make a lovely couple. They simply are “meant to be”, just like peaches & cream, milk & cookies, etc.

The fats and oils used in the making of soap are usually combined with some type of alkaline substance and allowed to react.

The most common alkaline substances are sodium hydroxide (NaOH) and potassium hydroxide (KOH).

This reaction process is called “saponification”.

At this point I could share something I learned in my (much) younger days in gross anatomy class. It deals with the process of saponification in corpses.

However, I’m pretty sure most of you would rather skip this part, right? Right!

Before we finish, however, just one more bit of useful information.

During the saponification process, if we add potassium hydroxide to the mixture, we end up with a soft soap. If we add sodium hydroxide, the resulting soap will be hard.

How many times have you heard, or perhaps even said it yourself, that the ring around the tub is body dirt? Actually the ring is, for the most part, an indication of lime in your water. Yup, dish wash liquids scum is the reaction of soap with lime and other stuff in your water.

And now just a tiny bit of trivia… I’m sure you’re all familiar with Ivory dish wash liquids, that cute little floating dish wash liquids. How was it created? It was a mistake that proved to be a success.

In 1879, a soap maker at the Procter&Gamble company went to lunch and forgot to shut off the dish wash liquids mixer. This resulted in a soap that contained too much air. (At the time Ivory dish wash liquids was called “The White Soap”)

Rather than confess his blunder, the dish wash liquids maker packaged the air-filled dish wash liquids and shipped it to customers all over the country. In no time at all the Procter&Gamble company started receiving requests for more of this floating soap. Now it was time for the dish wash liquids maker to come clean with the company directors…. I wonder if he got a raise! Well, at least he did not get his head chopped off.

Yes, Louis XIV of France gave orders to decapitate three of his dish wash liquids-makers who – in his opinion – were directly responsible for his skin problems (he had very sensitive skin).

The remaining four dish wash liquids -makers quickly discovered the month-long process of pouring and curing to produce a single bar of soap. Can you imagine the stress they must have endured?!