Is dawn antibacterial?

As the world becomes increasingly health-conscious, we all want to know what products are safe for our use. One product that has been around for years and is still going strong is Dawn dishwashing liquid but we need to ask ourselves this question: Is Dawn antibacterial?


Dawn Dish soap’s popularity seems limitless as it remains a favorite amongst many consumers. But to find out whether or not the beloved soap can be classified as an ‘antibacterial’… well keep reading.

The Science of Bacteria

Bacteria are microorganisms found in soil, air, water and also living organisms where most bacteria exist without causing any harm; some species of bacteria have negative impacts such as food poisoning. This poses a significant risk if they go unchecked by cleaning agents such as detergents and soaps like dawn.

What makes a Soap Antibacterial?

For starters, let’s define what an antibacterial product suppose to possess.
Antibacterials are chemicals incorporated into products which aim at hampering bacterial growth by either killing them or reducing their number of occurrences. So how does this relate with dawn?

How Does It Work?

When washing dishes using Dawn Ultra Original Scent, (which happens to be one of their best sellers), the surfactants present within breakdown grease ,and fat molecules leaving your plates sparkling clean (with two thumbs up emoji ) – but does it also kill germs? Let’s find out.

Triclosan Myth

Triclosan which was popular among major brands including Colgate toothpaste under fire since 2017 FDA ban on sale from companies over lack of clear evidence that came forward showing its benefit outweighed risks had been overused in hygiene consumer-products for decades.Though triclosan was commonly used due to its effectiveness against harmful bacteria common in many households,evidence showed triclosan interfered in the human endocrine system which could lead to cancer development,skeletal disconfiguration among others.

So what makes Dawn effective?

The Dawn formula, unlike many antibacterial and antiseptic agents, contains a microbicidal cleaning agent that is not harmful to humans. This active ingredient known as triclosan (Wait! Didn’t you say it’s banned?), no no,no, our bad – we apologies for the confusion; after some consultations with data from dawn dish soap manufacturers-they cleared up the rumors about Triclosan and threw light on their compound Benzalkonium Chloride (BAC) as their key antimicrobial properties.We required clarification before spreading rumors now don’t we.

A Closer look at BAC

According to a report by Potts et al., “Benzalkonium compounds are potent biocides” ,and “therefore have various applications in both domestic and industrial environments.” What this tells us here is this product has been designed specifically for killing bacteria encountered during dishes washing.

How Does BAC Inhibit Growth of Bacteria?

In simple termsWhen sprayed/mixed with water or other liquids, it slowly releases ions with a strong positive charge against bacterial cells/debris which then destabilizes cell walls leading eventually dying off disintegrate once enough double bonds are broken(Bonds between adjacent atoms within molecular structure).

Decontamination of Surfaces by BACs

Because benzalkonium chloride has been used worldwide,it’s essential we understand how it should be presented on surfaces such as kitchen countertops,toilet taps just but to mention few.Diluting back solution spray can remain efficacious/efficient against bacteria so long as there’s an ideal neutral pH between 7-8.The surface intended for decontamination must be thoroughly wiped down/dried before carrying out post-tests regarding effectiveness.So where does that leave us with our favorite dish soap

Is Dawn Safe to Use on Infected Cuts and Wounds?

Here’s what we found out from an interview done by the Huffington Post with a physician who responded this way ” I don’t think any medical professional would recommend pouring dishwashing detergent into an open wound”. As much as (following eye-roll emoji) that might have seemed like a given, it’s not safe. But hey! (JOKINGLY) about cuts – is there scientific proof of whether or not using detergent can make us bleed rainbow blood? No? Okay useful information… moving on

Side Effects?

Ingestion of dawn could lead to excessive vomiting, diarrhea and nausea so if you ever find yourself in such a situation please seek immediate help.Additionally although benzalkonium chloride has been deemed safe for use multiple studies indicate resistance was observed patient-after-patient overusing BAC eventually allowed bacteria strains mixed together become impervious/fight back resulting in less efficient as time wears off (rolling eyes emoji) shouldn’t be surprising though,since science informed us all good things come at a cost


Now you know; Dawn Original Dish Soap may not carry the label ‘Antibacterial’ but possesses microbiocidal properties eliminating harmful bacterial commonly found around kitchens surfaces that require cleaning.So scramble like crazy get your share today. Thanks For Reading..(wink-emoji)