What Are the Ingredients in Joy Dishwashing Liquid?

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The ingredients of Joy Ultra Dishwashing Liquid, Lemon Scent, are: triclosan, fragrance, methylisothiazolinone, FD&C yellow 5, surfactants, sodium laureth sulfate, cyclohexanediamine, PEI-14 PEG-10/PPG-7 copolymer, sodium lauryl sulfate, PPG-26, biodegradable anionic surfactants, alkyl dimethyl amine oxides, enzymes, phenoxyethanol, alcohol denatured, water and sodium chloride. This product contains ingredients that could cause respiratory effects, acute aquatic toxicity and chronic aquatic toxicity.

Joy Dishwashing Liquid, first introduced in the United States in 1949, is manufactured by Proctor & Gamble. It helped start the trend of using citrus scents in cleaning products when it was reformulated to include lemon fragrance. It should not be used in dishwashers because it is designed to be used for hand-washing dishes. Joy Dishwashing Liquid contains emollients that protect one's hands from drying out. Currently it is available in a variety of fragrances such as lemon and orange. The product is also offered as an antibacterial formula in both "ultra" and "non-ultra" strengths.

Joy Dishwashing Liquid sponsored many soap operas including "Search for Tomorrow" and "Guiding Light." It is famous for the slogan "From grease to shine in half the time." In Japan, Joy Dishwashing Liquid was introduced in the 1990s and became the market leader for awhile. Proctor & Gamble also manufactures Dawn Dishwashing Liquid and many other household products.

Joy dishwashing liquid is used by consumers in over 31 countries. This popularity is sometimes reflected in fun ways, as was the case in 2013 when Joy dishwashing liquid was the detergent used to break the Guinness world record title for the longest line of washed plates. The event, which took place in Malaysia, was sponsored by Proctor & Gamble, the makers of Joy. To earn the record-breaking title, approximately 26,213 cleanly washed plates formed several lines around the Bukit Jalil running tracks. Amazingly, all of the plates were washed using a single 800-milliliter bottle of Joy dishwashing liquid.

As part of the event, 20,000 hungry Malaysians consumed thousands of plates of nasi lemak, a popular Malaysian dish. The record-breaking attempt was part of a brand-awareness campaign to celebrate the strength of Joy's improved cleaning power.