How to choose the right dishwashing liquid?

Comment bien choisir son liquide vaisselle ?

Today, the range of dishwashing liquids is so large that we no longer know where to turn when buying one. Everyone has their own claim: ecological, degreasing, even ultra-degreasing, for sensitive skin...

But how to make the right choice? Follow the leader !


To choose the right dishwashing liquid, the first thing to do is to look at the ingredients. But, we agree, it is not easy to understand this list. The ingredients responsible for the effectiveness can be under different names: surfactants, sequestering agent, surfactant… These are molecules that will pick up the dirt from your dishes. But it's not over, there are also different subtypes for these molecules.

Let's take the example of surfactants with this short list of ingredients that you can find on the labels:

  • Anionic surfactants: these are the most degreasing.
  • Non-ionic surfactants: they are both degreasing, foaming and disinfecting.
  • Amphoteric surfactants: they are used as emulsifiers and thickeners.

For a consumer, it's hard to navigate. To make it simpler, we advise you to opt for a natural dishwashing liquid with surfactants, this ensures good efficiency and biodegradability. Dyes are very often used in dishwashing liquids, but be careful, many dyes are allergenic or even carcinogenic. Set aside the flashy greens, candy pink or chick yellow. A dishwashing liquid will be just as effective even if it has no color.

Also, watch out for preservatives. The best known are methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCIT), methylisothiazolinone (MIT), or even benzisothiazolinone (BIT). They are extremely effective, but all very allergenic. Prefer preservative-free dishwashing liquids, you will no longer have any doubts.

Ecology and Label

Many dishwashing liquids claim to be environmentally friendly when they are not. To be convinced to choose a really ecological dishwashing liquid, look on the packaging if it has a label. This ensures that the brand has followed strict guidelines in terms of ecology and health for the creation of dishwashing liquid.

The one that interests us the most is the Ecocert label. It certifies that Ecocert dishwashing liquid is composed of plant-based active ingredients and that it respects the environment throughout its life cycle, from manufacture to use. The Ecocert label is a guarantee of quality for your dishwashing liquid.

Sensitive skins

For the dishes by hand, there are two teams: with gloves or without gloves. For those who do not use gloves, it is important to have a mild dishwashing liquid that does not attack the skin. Indeed, avoid products that contain allergenic preservatives known to be dangerous not only for the skin (itching, redness, allergies, etc.), but also for the environment. Ingredients such as aloe vera or glycerin protect the skin during washing. The mention "tested for sensitive skin" ensures that the product has been validated specifically for skin prone to eczema or allergic reactions, unlike the mention "dermatologically tested".

The perfect dishwashing liquid

For us, the ideal companion for our dishwashing sessions is a dishwashing liquid that is both degreasing, ecological and gentle for sensitive skin.

At Pikoc, no compromise on our dishwashing liquids . After several months of research, we have developed a short, ultra-degreasing formula (with natural surfactants), and adapted to sensitive skin thanks to aloe will. This 100% natural formula is labeled ECOCERT to respect our planet. To take even more pleasure, we have declined it in 3 100% natural flavors: R ose Musc, T he Neroli and B oi s Eucalyptus.

The Pikoc ecological tip:

To wash your dishes properly, if possible, use two tubs to fill one with lukewarm water for washing and the other for rinsing with cold water. This is how we limit the consumption of hot water to preserve our planet. If your dishes are really greasy, let them soak before washing with a little lukewarm water.

And finally, for anyone wondering "Can I put my washing up liquid in my dishwasher?" NO, never put your washing up liquid in your dishwasher unless you want to have a foam party in your kitchen!

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