If you want your favorite cookware, cutlery, dishes, and other kitchen items to last, your best bet is to hand wash them. This is true even if you have one of the best dishwashers around. Within the confines of the dishwasher, it is much like a war zone with debris flying everywhere. In some circumstances, the contents will bang against each other. The dishwasher can be unforgiving, even if your cookware is deemed dishwasher safe.
Therefore, a high-quality dish soap is indispensable. And, before I go on, I must make it clear that you should never use dish soap in a dishwasher. Dishwashing detergent does not produce suds. Dish soap does. The suds will escape from the dishwasher any way they can. This may lead to overflowing, and over time, it will damage the inner workings of your appliance.
When writing this guide, we consulted the website of the Environmental Working Group, a neat organization that seeks to "empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment." The group examines various products to find out if they contain ingredients that could cause harm to individuals or the Earth.
EWG assigns each product a grade ranging from F, a potential hazard to the environment or your health, to A, least concern about potential hazards caused by a product.
Consider "Subscribe & Save"
If you find a dish soap you like on Amazon, we recommend buying it through the "Subscribe & Save" program. This allows you to save up to 15% off of the regular price. Plus, you can cancel your subscription at any time, even after just one delivery. However, it's nice to have items you regularly use arriving right when you need them without having to remember to hop online to order them again.
We shuffled through hundreds of buyer and expert ratings and reviews of dozens of dish soap brands. The ones that are included in our guide demonstrated the ability to cut through grease, remove dried- or burnt-on food debris, have a non-offensive scent, and are not harsh on your skin.
Here are the best dish soaps to buy in 2019:
- Best dish soap overall: Puracy Natural Liquid Dish Soap
- Best dish soap for baked-on foods: Dawn Dish Soap Platinum Power Clean Dishwashing Liquid
- Best dish soap on a budget: Seventh Generation Dish Liquid
- Best multi-purpose dish soap: Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner
- Best dish soap for your hands: J.R. Watkins Liquid Dish Soap
Updated 10/23/19 by Jada Wong: Updated prices, formatting, and links.