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Dishwashing detergent was created by who?

Question #68347. Asked by yumchicken.
Last updated Oct 11 2016.

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Terry star
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Apparently the Germans came up with the first detergents in WWI.
The chemistry of soap manufacturing stayed essentially the same until 1916, when the first synthetic detergent was developed in Germany in response to a World War I-related shortage of fats for making soap.


Dennis W. Weatherby of Proctor and Gamble is credited with patenting automatic dishwashing detergent in 1987.
While working for Proctor & Gamble, Dennis W. Weatherby invented a detergent that could be used with other products containing bleach, had a yellow color, a lemon scent and also did not stain dishes or the dishwasher.

In 1987, Weatherby received the first patent for automatic dishwashing detergent. The product was labeled as Cascade and became a household brand quickly.

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Response last updated by Terry on Oct 11 2016.
Oct 11 2016, 12:51 AM
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