Dish soap is designed to get your dishes clean and grease-free. What if you run out? Well, there are alternatives.


For most of history, one type of soap was used to complete many different household tasks. A bar soap made with lye and various fats was used to wash hands, do laundry and clean dishes.

Properties of Liquid Hand Soap

Many types of liquid hand soap have antibacterial and antifungal additives that can help clean and sanitize your dishes. In addition, liquid hand soap will dissolve in your dishwater easier.


Most hand soap you buy from a store or market is actually a type of detergent. Detergent hand soap will foam better in the dishwater, but soap will be gentler on the skin. Both are milder than dish soap but can work well when used in hot dishwater.