Dish Soap and Dishes
I remember clearly, in the early 1960s, when someone told me they were shipping water, in bottles, called Perrier, from France. Ha, ha, we laughed, what would they ship next, salt? It was a company down in Greenwich, CT. and that seemed about right, specious-wise. The water came, all that way, in glass bottles, crazy. Many years later, in France, I listened at dinner while a brilliant Frenchwoman detailed the different tastes of the water in the different French regions, telling tales of journeys over the Jurassic for just a particular taste.

Now, of course, I want all the waters to stay where they are, where they belong, so they do not lose themselves, do not lose their dialect. And I want every particular, every spring and well and stream, to celebrate itself - I want the Skagit famous for its waters, as well as its tulips.

But I still want some things. I want the dish towels from Copenhagen, and the linen towels from Studio Patro, on Russian Hill and the Swedish drying towels from Stockholm. And now, I want the dish soap from Paris.

I know every dish soap that is on the shelves, or it certainly seems like I do. And I have a couple of favorites. But now my favorite favorite is from Paris. Like many details from France, it is not a loud favorite, nor even a particularly clever one. But it is the one I return to. and if you put them all in front of me, it is the one I will choose, every time, for perhaps 100 small reasons, none of which amount even to a slogan.

Kerzon Dishwashing Liquid: 
Graines de Carotte and Fleurs de Romarin
16.67fl. oz, $24.

Made in Paris by Kerzon, it is made from biodegradable oils and has a 100% natural scent. It is perfectly efficient, with exceptional grease-cutting strength and exceptional glass cleaning power. There are two versions - Fleur de Romarin ( thyme and rosemary) and Grains de Carotte ( ginger and carrot seeds). 16.67 fl.oz. As it says on the label, Passer l'Eponge! It has many details to it but none more specific than its efficiency. It is simply efficient.

Studio Patro How to Wash the Dishes Linen Tea Towel

We collaborated with the brilliant Studio Patro, in San Francisco, to honor How to Wash the Dishes. These are brilliant linen dish cloths - lovely, elegant and when it gets right to the task, the hardest and best of dish drying equipment. $27 including shipping. 

Swedish Dishcloth

Made in Sweden, of cellulose and cotton, it is a perfect dishwashing sponge and cloth. It absorbs, it rinses, it carries soap, it does not sour, it cleans all surfaces, does not fray. Can be washed in the washing machine or simply boiled in some water to clean. $6.
Orskov Waffle Dishtowels

Orskov, set of two, soft, waffle weave, very hard working and absorbent, with loop. Always lovely, always ready. Made in Denmark. $24/set of two.
Swedish Drying Cloth

A wonderful addition, these loosely woven towels are specifically intended to be the surface for dishes and glasses and pans that have just been washed. Place-mat size, they sit on the counter, next to the sink, and create a safe, non-slip, soft surface for dishes to dry on. Two to a package, washing machine safe, made in Sweden. $8.

How to Wash the Dishes
Peter Miller, Illustrations by Colleen Miller.
2020, Roost Books. $22.

Signed, sealed and delivered, now in its 2nd edition. A tough little book, fine illustrations by Colleen Miller. Three recipes from the point of view of the dishes. It is a kind of siege on the task of washing the dishes, a calling out of dull as dishwater. It is a manual for the task.

Get thee to the sink, to the dishes, to

the details, to the spring.

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