Dishwashing liquid

detergent used for cleaning dishes

Dishwashing liquid is liquid detergent. It is used for washing dishes. It is designed not to hurt people's skin while they are washing dishes. This liquid is useful for cleaning oil because dishwashing liquid reduces the surface tension of oil and, when washed with water, the oil can be washed away. It is also used to clean sea birds if they get covered in oil after a spill.

A bottle of dishwashing liquid

The main chemical in dishwashing liquid is phosphate.[1]


  1. "Dishwashing Detergent". 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2015.