Garlic Dishwashing – a stake to the heart of germs

Whenever the wife and I go shopping I’m in the habit of being mindful to what she slips into the cart.

Much like a mom watching for her kids trying to sneak in Chococavity Puffs cereal, I keep an eye out for undesirables like coagulated pig’s blood, various ‘throw away’ parts of animals, prawn & honey crackers, etc.

This just forces Maggie to covertly place the duck’s stomachs and pickled pig skin into the fridge while I’m out. So be it.

However, in a recent trip to the local Auchan, I slipped in my diligence. And as such, I’m now washing my dishes with:

Garlic Dishwashing [sic]

garlicdishwashing.jpgThis unassuming pink bottle, like coffee-flavoured gum, joins the ranks of products whose variety is counterproductive to their intended purpose.

Now, I’m an admittedly simplistic person. For me even getting the “ginger” dish liquid that’s rather common here in censortive word is a stretch. But ginger, unlike its subterranean cousin, at least has a pleasant smell.

As might be imagined I had a few questions about the reasoning behind the purchase. With near every Chinese dish using garlic as the corner-stone ingredient, why would you use garlic to remove garlic when cleaning up (all ‘fire with fire’ comparisons aside)?. The answer I got was that it kills germs better.

Have we really reached a point in our sanitization obsession that we’re vilifying germs into the likenesses of vampires? What’s next, silver-infused dandruff shampoo?

9 Responses

  1. Classic. And it explains quite a lot. I am now convinced many of the Beijing taxi drivers bathe in garlic shower gel and wash their clothes in garlic flavoured Tide laundry powder.

  2. Alright, I’m going to be boring and point out that dishwashing liquid infused with garlic or ginger makes perfect sense, even from a Western point of view, whatever that might be, because both garlic and ginger are well known for their anti-bacterial properties. And you wash your dishes to get them clean and hygienic ready for the next meal, right?

  3. Well if you get some nice silverware with a cross engraved on the handle when used properly with your garlic dishes your dinner parties will be secured against vampires.

  4. Okay, but explain Papaya washing-up liquid … a fruit that to me has more than a hint of vomit to it!

  5. Coffee-flavoured gum is mank. I bought it in Watsons and it doesn’t taste much like coffee at all.

    Garlic washing up liquid does seem rather bizarre.

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