Don't get us wrong: We bow down to dish detergent's grease-fighting capabilities on the regular. It can . But this gentle cleaner has its limitations. Stop yourself before you're tempted to use it in these pesky places:
1. On your car
If you prefer a hose and a bucket to the car wash, make sure you've got the right cleaner for the job (we like ). Dish liquid will be too harsh on your car's paint.
2. In the dishwasher
Tempted to grab that bottle of the counter when you're stuck without the right stuff? Resist that urge! "Dish soap in the dishwasher is a no-no — it's way too sudsy," says Carolyn Forte, director of the Cleaning Lab at the . "Automatic dishwashing detergents are formulated to be very low-sudsing to work better in the machine and rinse completely off dishes."
Make the mistake, and you'll have a much bigger problem than dirty dishes:
3. In the washing machine.
Just like in the dishwasher, using dish liquid in your washing machine can lead to a deluge of suds. Plus, it's simply not heavy-duty enough to get your clothes clean anyway, says Forte.
4. On windows and mirrors
Don't skip glass cleaner if you want these spots to shine; dish soap can leave streaks, says Forte.
5. On anything that should be dry-cleaned
Blotting a dinner stain with a little dish liquid and water is a great way to help banish it before it sets — but stop short of using this trick on delicate fabrics. Get them to a professional before you do more harm than good.