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Dishwashing Detergent:

dish washing liquid

What is it?

These products are detergents used to wash dishes primarily in the kitchen. These detergents are divided into two categories: automatic dishwashing detergents and hand dishwashing detergents. These cleaners are usually kept in the kitchen.

What's in it?

Both of these contain cleaning agents with "cationic", "anionic", or "non-ionic" in their names. The main ingredient usually used in these detergents is phosphate.

What health and safety precautions do you need to think about when using diswashing detergent?

Automatic dishwashing detergents have been known to produce skin irritations or burns. They are poisonous if swallowed. Hand dishwashing detergents are more mild than automatic dishwashing detergents. If swallowed, it may cause irritation to the mouth and throat, and nausea but not death. They are generally safe to people and to the environment. If you need to use these products, you need to be sure to always "Read the Label First" to know how to properly use these products and for safety information. Keep them away from small children to minimize the risk of accidental poisoning.

What do you do if you or someone you're with has an accident with a household product?

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