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Dawn Dish Spray - "This is our Pods launch"
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Post# 1054706   12/18/2019 at 19:36 (281 days old) by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        

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Most relevant section of the CNN article:


"So after five years of research and development, P&G is introducing "Dawn Powerwash Dish Spray," its first new form of dish detergent since Dawn soap in a bottle was released nearly 50 years ago. The new formula, which comes in a spray bottle, doesn't require water to activate cleaning suds the way traditional dish soap does.
This new bottle of Dawn spray with a nozzle costs about two dollars more than the regular version of Dawn liquid soap. P&G hopes consumers are willing trade up for the higher-priced version of because of the convenience the soap should bring to daily chores."
I think I will pass.  Whatever qualities this will have, I'd be willing to bet overwhelming fragrance will be one of them.


Post# 1054716 , Reply# 1   12/18/2019 at 21:32 (281 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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Five years eh?  And presumably knew 'something' about detergents going in.


It only took me 2 years to invent a high-lanolin + non-sticky hand lotion from scratch, knowing NOTHING about mixing oil and water going in.  Not 40 hours either, but about 2 hours twice a week after work.  Discrepancy?


Not saying I'm 50 times smarter than a P&G chemist, maybe just unencumbered by P&G's colossal bureaucracy and meddling by marketers and middle managers.


Still, in 5 years they should have been able to come up with a spray you put on dishes before you use them, to keep them from getting dirty in the first place.  tongue-out

Post# 1054765 , Reply# 2   12/19/2019 at 07:55 (281 days old) by chachp (North Little Rock, AR)        
I will pass too.

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If I got a free sample I might try it out.  Personally, I don't wash that much in the sink anymore.  Most things go in the dishwasher.  I have a brush with soap and I use that for the things that don't.


I wonder how profitable it would be for P&G to launch a new product if sales are declining.  I would wonder why are they declining?  Is it because more people have dishwashers these days or are they buying another product?

Post# 1054777 , Reply# 3   12/19/2019 at 09:59 (281 days old) by jerrod6 (Southeastern Pennsylvania)        

This is probably more of a money grab by P&G than anything else. This doesn't work for me. I wash dishes in a dishwasher, but I do wash stainless steel pans by hand. I like to put the detergent on the bottom for a few minutes without water, then I soak them in detergent and hot water. After about 15 minutes I begin washing them, and I finish them off with Bar Keepers friend.

This new spray and wash P&G is making doesn't work for me, plus why pay more to do something when the old way works good enough and is cheaper. Using regular dish detergent without water does loosen stuck-on food.

Thanks for posting about this.

Post# 1054779 , Reply# 4   12/19/2019 at 10:09 (281 days old) by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        

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What a ridiculous product! For crying out loud, is it really that difficult to wet a sponge and put a drop of Dawn, or whatever detergent on it to wash an item?

I keep a plain squeeze bottle of Palmolive Original dish soap on the sink at all times, and I do all the dishes by hand. For the random item needing to be washed, instead of filling the sink I wet the sponge and add a drop of soap then wash and rinse, simple.

I know I won’t be wasting any money on this new gimmick.


Post# 1054787 , Reply# 5   12/19/2019 at 11:14 (281 days old) by LowEfficiency (Iowa)        

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I bet this will sell quite well in college towns.

It sounds like a perfect product for people who:
A) Don't have a dishwasher
B) Hand-wash only one or two items at a time
C) Can't or won't leave items soaking in a sink

My old dorm would have bought this stuff by the case if it had been available back then.

Post# 1054810 , Reply# 6   12/19/2019 at 14:31 (280 days old) by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        

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I have purchased and tried the Dawn Foam. No more convenient than adding a drop or so to your dish rag when washing only a few items. When my bottle ran dry, rather than purchasing refills, I just filled it about a quarter full of regular Dawn and then filled the rest with water and shook. Worked just like the more expensive stuff.

As for the spray, I could see some people using it, I don't see that I would.

Post# 1054831 , Reply# 7   12/19/2019 at 16:30 (280 days old) by sarahperdue (Alabama)        

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For years I've been diluting Dawn and Dr. Bronners soap 3 parts water to 1 part soap or detergent and putting them in foaming hand soap dispensers--voila! foam at 1/4 the cost of the original. Palmolive is pictured. I prefer Dawn, but in the grand scheme of marital compromises, dish soap preference is a no brainer.


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Post# 1055069 , Reply# 8   12/21/2019 at 20:58 (278 days old) by Iej (Ireland)        

Unlike pods, this is a solution in search of a problem and probably at considerable impact on the environment as sprays are likely bigger users of plastic and probably much harder to recycle due to the mechanism.

Post# 1055119 , Reply# 9   12/22/2019 at 09:58 (278 days old) by Kate1 (PNW)        

This is more than a little ridiculous to me. I don’t like ‘squirt and wipe’ cleaning for most things anymore anyway. I much prefer diluting soap or a little all-purpose cleaner in a bucket of hot water and using a dish cloth to actually scrub things down with my hot, soapy water. I don’t end up just smearing dirt around that way, things get a lot cleaner. I would honestly have a hard time eating off dishes I knew had been cleaned with this product. It also amazes me that at a time when we should be frantically working towards making our lives more sustainable, we get products like this that basically maximize the amount of waste per dish washed.

Post# 1073880 , Reply# 10   5/23/2020 at 05:00 by chachp (North Little Rock, AR)        
I had to resurrect this thread...

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I was one of the people who badmouthed the whole idea of this stuff but I have to admit I was wrong.  Sam's had a bottle with two refills for about $7 and hubby picked them up.  I gave him the appropriate amount of grief but then I tried it.  I don't generally use it the way it was advertised, but I will say the stuff works on grease.  If I am going to wash something in the sink and it's really greasy I give it a couple of pumps of this stuff and it cleans right up.


Yesterday I decided to tackle the cooktop with it because I had let it go a few days and the stuff was really crusted on.  I didn't want to use any kind of scrubby that would scratch it so I spritzed the cooktop and the grates with this stuff and I was really pleasantly surprised.  After a couple of minutes that crusty burnt on stuff just wiped away.  In picture two you can see it is starting to turn brown where it's dissolving something that was burnt on.


While I likely won't use it the way they advertise it, I do use it for odd things.  Like the other day I sprayed it on the inside of the plastic cover in the microwave.  You know that thing that gets everything splattered on it and no one really likes to clean.  LOL.  After a couple of minutes it all rinsed out just like on the commercial.

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Post# 1073885 , Reply# 11   5/23/2020 at 05:21 by bradfordwhite (space coast)        

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I just put the dishsoap in an old softsoap bottle for easy dispensing.

R to L: dishsoap, hand soap, hand sanitizer, and vinegar in spray bottle.

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Post# 1073907 , Reply# 12   5/23/2020 at 08:43 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Have to admit I'm tempted to give it a try. Rarely use hand dishwashing soap, but I'm a sucker for the latest gimmick. Always like to give new products a shot before they're pulled from the market, lol.

Post# 1073933 , Reply# 13   5/23/2020 at 12:48 by nmassman44 (Boston North Shore Massachusetts)        

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Ralph that is impressive that it cleans that well on your cooktop. On my stove it’s just a porcelain top that does clean easily, but the grates can be a bear at times to get clean. I am going to see about getting a bottle and see how it goes. I know one place it might work well is on the tops of the cabinets above where my stove always seems to get greasy up there for some oddball reason. Last time I cleaned up there I plowed thru a whole bottle of straight Dawn to cut the grease and rinsed it’s no small project to put it mildly. And I am sure it would do well on the cabinet fronts, too.

Post# 1073942 , Reply# 14   5/23/2020 at 15:02 by jerrod6 (Southeastern Pennsylvania)        
Dawn Power Dissolver

Five Years? Really? It took them 5 years to develop the dish spray, yet they made a similar product called Dawn Power Dissolver that you sprayed on pans without water. You spray the pans, let them sit for about 5 to 10 minutes, then any grease or burned on food could be wiped away. I still have 2 bottles of the stuff but it was discontinued a few years ago.

Post# 1073951 , Reply# 15   5/23/2020 at 16:06 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Seeing your hand sanitizer on the sink allowed me to go ahead and confess that the alcohol in the sanitizer mixed with dish detergent makes a kick-ass grease cutting cleaner, whether for hands or hard surfaces.

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