I've gotten lots of reviews and experiences from readers lately, all sharing how Dawn has caused smelly sponges, dish cloths and rags.
This seems to be a relatively new phenomenon, since many also report that this didn't use to happen, and they've been using this dish soap for years.
However, there may be some formulation change, or perhaps its the antibacterial nature of some of the soap versions, but something is giving kitchen and cleaning sponges as well as dish rags an odor described as stinky, musty, or smelly.
However, this phenomenon of stinky sponges and dish rags seems to occur almost immediately when you use Dawn dish soap, as opposed to building up over a couple of days -- so its most likely something in the soap instead of a build up of odor causing bacteria.
I'm still trying to research a cure for this problem, besides washing your dish rags and cloths daily, and cleaning and changing our your sponges often, or switching to a new dishwashing soap brand. (You can try a dish soap that is designed to keep your sponges smelling fresh, for example, like Palmolive Dish & Sponge Fresh which several people have reviewed at the link, although it has now been discontinued.)
Have you experienced smelly sponge syndrome with Dawn? If so, I'd love to hear from you, including what exact scent or formulation you're using that seems to trigger the problem. In addition, if you've got a cure for this problem, please share it with us all! I know many people are interested! You can share your experiences and/or cures here.
***Update: I've experienced this exact problem myself when trying out Dawn Direct Foam (click the link to read my review and problem)! ***End Update
Dawn Dish Soap Leaves Stinky Smell On My Sponge Or Dish Cloth
Sylvia shared a problem she's having when using Dawn dishwashing liquid.
I love Dawn liquid detergent for its cleansing power. I can use a lot less than other brand to clean the same amount of grease.
The big puzzle is that Dawn leaves a stinky smell on my sponge or dishcloth.
I tested this a couple of time by changing to a new sponge and using different liquid detergent (Palmolive). That bad smell was gone.
Once I switch back to Dawn, there's a bad smell again. I hope Dawn's R&D can fix this problem.
Sylvia, sorry to hear you're having this trouble with this dishwashing liquid.
Has anyone experienced anything similar with this or any other soaps, and if so, do you have any suggestions for Sylvia of what to do about it?
I would normally think the smell was coming from an old sponge, since they can get stinky after using them for a while if they're not properly cleaned. However, I'm not sure that is your problem, in this instance, since you say you switched to a new sponge.
Hope you can figure it out soon! Otherwise, check out the reviews of other dishwashing soaps here so you can hopefully find a new one that works as well as Dawn, but doesn't have that unpleasant odor for you.
In response to the review above where Sylvia shared her opinions about Dawn leaving behind a bad smell, another SR101 Reader wrote in to agree with her.
SR101 Reader says:
I have tried numerous Dawn soaps and they all leave a nasty smell on my hands as well as the sponge.
It is not a matter of using an old sponge, it is the soap itself.
I had used Dawn before (years ago) and didnt have this problem. I started using Palmolive and I like it but it's expensive so I bought a few bottles of Dawn (in different fragances) and they ALL leave that nasty smell. Very disappointed. I went back to Palmolive.
Thanks for sharing your opinion and experience with me.
I'll confess I've used this dish soap quite a number of times, but never really noticed this issue. Next time I buy it again though, I'll pay more attention.
I Never Smelled Anything But My Mom & Sisters All Have!
Funny thing is I have not smelled anything, however, my mother and sisters all stopped using Dawn dish detergent due to the fact they said their dishcloths STUNK.
I thought they were crazy and I kept using Dawn.
My mom was in town and staying at my house. When in my kitchen getting a glass of water she immediately could smell my dishcloth, since it was on the sink.
Right away she commented about the smell and told me I must be using Dawn, which I was.
She went out and brought me different dish detergent. I did not smell anything but I do not have a good sense of smell.
I tried looking up other people's thoughts about this, and found your site....thus reason for this post.
I'm not convinced it is the Dawn that causes the smell they are referring to, but for years my sister couldn't figure out why she gets the smell in the dishcloths she has...trust me, she is a cleaning freak, until she switched her soap. BIZZARE.
I love using Dawn....especially as a spot remover on clothes.
And this Dawn is supposed to be extra strong with overnight soaking power in 5 minutes, but I soaked a jar for about half an hour and the jar now smells like stinky sponge even after repeated washing. So gross!
Obviously, one way to fix this problem is to switch to another dish soap brand. If you're interested, I've got lots of dishwashing soap reviews from readers that you can read to find a new brand for you. (Feel free to add your own review too for your favorite brand!)
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