I Cut the Time It Takes to Wash My Dirty Frying Pans in Half — Here’s How

published Aug 5, 2022
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One of my biggest pet peeves in the kitchen is hand-washing pots and pans. With limited counter space in our apartment kitchen and an often-full dishwasher, this task becomes unavoidable on a regular basis.

That’s why I was eager to find a way I could make this easier on myself (aside from asking my husband to figure out how to cook without any pots and pans!). With the rise of foaming dish soaps, I decided to try one from J.R. Watkins that came out earlier this year. Here’s what happened.

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J.R. Watkins is a personal care brand known mostly for its pampering body mists and bath products, so I was intrigued to give their dish soap a try. The first thing I noticed was the unique nozzle, which has a small cover that can be flicked up or down to alternate between foaming and spraying options. While the foam option seemed a bit weak (it came out streaky), the spray option worked great.

Next, I liked the tall, slim, and compact bottle with its pretty label. It fits neatly on my counter without making it look crowded. And, last but not least, I was pleased with the scent — an invigorating and fresh whiff of lemons. I even sprayed down my counters with the soap and scrubbed them to leave the lingering aroma in my kitchen.

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See the difference? Here's the pot I used to boil potatoes. Now look at the results!

Now came the real test — cleaning my dirty pots and pans. I used the soap on a pot that was used for boiling potatoes. There was plenty of starch residue (which I might have had to scrub twice with normal dish soap) so I used the spray nozzle all around the pot, and let it sit for a few seconds.

I used the soft foam side of my Sponge Daddy to clean everything off, and to my surprise, all of the starch and grime washed away with mostly water and without the help of the scrubby side of the sponge.

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This pan was used to sauté veggies. Look at the shine after using the J.R. Watkins dish soap.

I had high expectations for my pan, which we used to sauté vegetables in lots of garlic. So I followed the same cleaning process that I used for the pot. I was happy to see my pan come out perfectly clean and shiny. 

Overall, I was mostly impressed with this soap’s ability to easily remove grease, as well as the noticeable shine left on my pots and pans once they were dried. This foaming dish soap is so satisfying to use (and smell!), I may never even want to put another pot or pan in the dishwasher again — even if I have the room.

With an eco-friendly refillable soap option, this $7 dish soap will definitely be my new go-to for cleaning my pots and pans!

Have you tried a foaming dish soap to clean your pots and pans? Tell us your favorite brand and why you like it in the comments below!