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Sixty per cent of Americans now 'clean-as-they-go' rather than allowing dirty plates to stack up


We’re all washing our dishes wrong: 60 per cent of Americans now ‘clean-as-they-go’ rather than allowing dirty plates to stack up and washing them all in one go

  • A survey by dish soap brand Dawn found most Americans wash plates as they go 
  • Unlike the more traditional process of letting them pile up until the end of a meal
  • This prompted Procter & Gamble to create a ‘dish spray’ version of Dawn
  • It’s the first major new version since liquid detergent launched 50 years ago 

The way we wash our dishes has changed over the past 50 years to meet the needs of a ‘time starved’ generation, according to a new survey for dish soap brand Dawn.

More than 60 per cent of Americans now ‘clean-as-they-go’ when it comes to clearing away pots, pans and plates after cooking.

This involves washing one or two dishes during ‘cooking downtime’ instead of letting them pile up and doing a ‘big wash’ when everything is finished. 

This change in behaviour prompted Dawn owner Procter & Gamble to create a new dish spray as an alternative to their liquid detergent bottles. 

Procter & Gamble commissioned the survey into people’s household cleaning habits to find out if its dish soap brand still met their needs and found out ‘it didn’t’.

The survey also found that washing dishes is the second least-favourite chore behind cleaning the toilet with having to leave items to soak as the main concern.

The company says the new formula is able to break down burnt and baked-on-foods without having to leave the plates to rinse in water. 

More than 60 per cent of Americans now 'clean-as-they-go' when it comes to clearing away pots, pans and plates after cooking. P&G created a new spray - pictured - that it claims makes that job easier

More than 60 per cent of Americans now ‘clean-as-they-go’ when it comes to clearing away pots, pans and plates after cooking. P&G created a new spray – pictured – that it claims makes that job easier

P&G says its liquid detergent, which debuted in 1972, was not meant to be used on individual plates, but for a ‘big wash’.

“People are much more time-starved today,” Morgan Brashear, a home care senior scientist at Procter & Gamble told CNN.

“The product they were using wasn’t really keeping up.”

He said the P&G team spent five years working on the new spray, the first new form of Dish detergent since the bottle version was released nearly 50 years ago. 

P&G says its liquid detergent, which debuted in 1972, was not meant to be used on individual plates, but for a 'big wash' but their new spray - pictured - works best for a few items at a time

P&G says its liquid detergent, which debuted in 1972, was not meant to be used on individual plates, but for a ‘big wash’ but their new spray – pictured – works best for a few items at a time

The new spray doesn’t require water to activate the cleaning suds in the way dish soap does, according to Mr Brashear.

It’s about $2 more expensive than the traditional liquid detergent. 

It has produced educational commercials that show consumers how the new spray works to help people get better at washing the dishes. 

In the videos you can see bowls, plates and even chopping boards being sprayed liberally with the new product, they are then washed off with a dish cloth and rinsed with water before being dried and put away. 

“We will be doing a lot of work making sure that the educational piece of it is kind of shouted from every rooftop,” Mr Brashear told CNN.

HOW DO WE CLEAN OUR DISHES ACCORDING TO DAWN?

The survey by Procter & Gamble found that most people now clean their dishes as they go.

Dawn says people are washing dishes as they use them rather than waiting until the end of a meal and doing them in one go

Dawn says people are washing dishes as they use them rather than waiting until the end of a meal and doing them in one go

This is rather than the more traditional approach of letting them pile up and having a ‘big wash’ at the end of a meal.

So how do you clean dishes ‘as you go’? It’s all about making use of time between cooking steps.

  • After each break in cooking clean any plates, bowls or utensils you’ve used up to that point.
  • Run them under water putting washing-up liquid on a dish cloth and using it to scrub the dish.    
  • If you have the new spray then Dawn says just spray it on and rinse it off with a wet dish cloth.  
  • Dry and put away.

SOURCE: Dawn

 



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