Wednesday, September 15, 2010

On Dish Detergent

It is something so widespread and obvious that it is inconspicuous. So prevalent and distinct that it is passé. The fact of the matter is that Moroccans don’t use dish soap when washing up. Almost every dish in morocco is cleaned, shined and softened with Tide® PowerLemon laundry detergent.

While this fact might appear odd at first, it is so commonplace that it quickly becomes ignored and it might be almost a year before someone points this fact out, returning it to conscious consideration.

Within the cities the large chain stores sell a brand of Fairy® washing up liquid, however beyond that it is Tide® or OMO® laundry flakes.

This begs the question, what really is the difference between dish soap and laundry detergent? Perhaps a scientist could give a specific chemical-compound answer but without such expertise the answer seems to be that there is no difference. Or maybe there is one. Laundry detergent can be used for washing up, but washing up liquid cannot be used to do the laundry. The suds overwhelm the washing machine. That being the case they why doesn’t the whole world use laundry detergent, it is practical in twice as many situations.

Once again Morocco leads the way on finding useful solutions for modern living. 

1 comment:

  1. When I was a little girl in the 1960's we often used Tide on the farm to wash dishes. I don't think every day, can't remember maybe when we ran out of dish soap and it was a few days till we drove to town. We also used Tide to take a bath in and wash our hair. It was the only brand of laundry detergent that didn't break us out in a rash when our clothes were washed in it. I saw and heard of other farm-families doing the same thing.

    I have used a couple different brands of dish detergent while visiting in Morocco, neither was very good, nothing to compare to Tide. I have seen Palmolive in an ad on the Carrefour/Label Vie website and plan to use that one when I move there.