What Cleans Dishes Better – Bars Or Liquids?
Spotless utensils, crockery and cutlery are a sign of a clean kitchen. And your dishwashing agent has to suit all your purposes. Some prefer bars while others swear by liquids. What’s your preference?
With time, not only do we change as people, but the way we live or carry out normal daily household tasks also sees a major transformation. If you ask someone from the 50s, they would swear by raakh (wood ash) to keep their utensils spotless, whereas if you pose the same question to someone from the 80s, they would strongly recommend a bar of detergent or a desi saabun. With the growing popularity of dishwashing liquid soaps and gels, we weigh in the pros and cons of a dish-washing bar vs liquid or gel to see which one is better. Let’s have a look.
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The Pros And Cons Of A Bar
We are broadly categorizing individually wrapped detergent bars and the ones that come in tub-like containers under the dishwashing bar. Let us discuss their pros and cons:
Advantages Of A Dishwashing Bar
Cost-effective – A dishwashing bar can cost anything between Rs 5 to Rs 40, depending on the size and brand of the detergent. A regular detergent bar is cost-effective and does not burn a hole in the pocket.
Less wastage – You usually only take the exact amount as and when needed and put the rest away, which leads to less wastage.
Easy availability – Dishwashing bars are available in many shapes, forms, and sizes throughout the country. Even the smallest of towns with the most basic grocery shop will have some form of dishwashing bar.
Disadvantages Of A Dishwashing Bar
Mushiness of the bar – The constant contact with water or when it is left for an extra minute in standing water, makes the bar soft and causes it to melt.
Bacteria formation – A big drawback of dishwashing bars is the bacteria that can harvest on the surface of the soap once used.
Harmful on the hands – A dishwashing bar can be harsh on the hands leading to extreme dryness and roughness.
Not suitable for delicate glassware – Most bars have an abrasive texture that can lead to damage and scratches on delicate glassware and cutlery.
The Pros And Cons of Liquids
A dishwashing liquid is broadly categorized under any dishwashing soap and cleaner that comes in a plastic bottle in a concentrated form. Let’s find out if they are any better.
Advantages Of A Dishwashing Liquid
Reduction in exchange of germs – As no one is touching the entire contents of the bottle, there is a significant reduction in the exchange of germs between people.
Good lather formation – A tiny drop a dishwashing liquid can produce a lot of lather and wash several utensils in one go, which helps to minimize wastage.
Easy on the skin – Most liquid dishwashing liquids are easy on the hands and do not make the skin as rough as a bar would.
Less Mess – Liquid dishwashers can be neatly stored and taken out as and when required. It does not create a mess around your sink.
Disadvantages Of A Dishwashing Liquid
Expensive – In comparison to a bar, a dishwashing liquid is almost three times the cost. That being said, it lasts longer too.
Increase in plastic usage – Almost all dishwashing liquids come in a plastic bottle with an easy-to-pour spout. The refills too come in plastic packs. The bottles are not great for the environment.
Low Availability – It is easily available in urban areas, but its availability and demand in smaller towns are questionable.
To wrap up, if you want something milder and less messy then dishwashing gels are much better. They leave behind a good fragrance and keep the sink area looking neat too.
Now that you know the good and bad in both dishwashing bars and liquids, which one would you prefer?
Looking For Dishwashing Supplies?
Here are are some basic kitchen cleaning supplies you might want to stick up at home:
1. Vim Dishwash Liquid Gel Lemon
- Does not leave any white residue.
- Soft on hands.
2. SacredEarth Natural Dish Wash Liquid
- Contains lemon, thyme and lemongrass
- No chemicals. Earth friendly.
- No sulfates
3. Presto! Dishwash Gel
- Does not leave behind any white residue
- Safe on the hands
4. ZOQWEID Silicone Scrubbing Gloves
- Reusable gloves ideal for washing utensils.
- The scrubber gloves are made with 100% silicone.
About The Author
Nishtha Asrani Sethi, born and brought up in Delhi, is a content writer who has previously worked with NDTV and Resolver. Her roots are deep within the food industry, thanks to her family business and a keen interest in contemporary food products. Nishtha loves to serve her articles with a side of humor. Her Bachelor’s degree in Home Science comes in handy while researching the science behind the food. When she is not trying to win a battle of fries vs fruit with her daughter, she is busy experimenting with her huge joint family with crazy recipes.