We have an automatic dishwasher in our home, and here at the condo we are currently staying in, but there are times when the dishwasher is full and you have to wash a few dishes by hand. I always prefer to hand wash my delicate crystal stemware items as well, and Dawn is a great choice.
I live in Alaska, and remember well the Exxon Valdez oil spill. So many of our marine animals, like birds and otters, were covered with oil, and the rescue workers gave the animals baths using the Dawn brand of dish soap. I have been using it ever since.
Dawn now makes a line of “Dawn Botanicals”, and the one we have been using here at our condo is Dawn® Botanicals Ultra Concentrated Dishwashing Liquid in Refreshing Honeysuckle & Rain™. It comes in a small 10.3 ounce bottle, and the dishwashing liquid detergent has a beautiful aqua blue color. The size of this bottle is perfect for sitting on a counter top or near the sink, it’s not much larger than a bottle of liquid hand soap. The top of the bottle has a clear flip top lid, which snaps open a bit hard but it closes very tight and secure. The lid also has a screw off top so that you could refill this bottle if you desired to do so.
I am a label reader, and the back of this bottle states that Dawn Botanicals Refreshing Honeysuckle & Rain™ dishwashing liquid does not contain any phosphates. Although phosphates boost the cleaning power of detergents and soaps, they are not good for our water ways and our environment. The bottle also states that it contains surfactants (cleaners) that are biodegradable. I don’t think anyone would get Dawn Dishwashing Liquid mixed up with the versions that are intended to use in an automatic dishwasher, but this version cannot be used in a machine – it is for hand washing only.
Using Dawn Botanicals Refreshing Honeysuckle & Rain™ is a pleasure because it only takes one small squirt of the detergent to make a sink full of suds. We have used it a few times over the past week, a few times for washing greasy pans that we didn’t want to add to the dishwasher, and once to let a pan soak in order to remove baked on food particles. In both instances, the detergent did a fantastic job and lived up to my expectations.
The scent is very hard to describe, but it does not smell like the breeze after it has been raining. It does however, have a light floral scent that is very mild and refreshing. This is not an overpowering scent and it doesn’t really linger for a long time on the skin after I have washed my dishes. The ingredients cannot be found on the back of the bottle, so I can’t tell you how natural or chemically laden this product is. I can tell you that it leaves my hands soft and does not dry them out. It does a great job of cleaning greasy cookware and the suds are long lasting. Likewise, the concentrated formula will last for a very long time.