How Does Dish Soap Work?

I spend a good part of my mornings these days chopping veggies and washing big pots, pans and bowls. Somehow putting a little love into the food while wielding a big kitchen knife isn’t any trouble at all. The real mystery is at the sink: how does the dish soap really work?

This matters tremendously because I wash a lot of dishes, our spanish cook does everything in olive oil, and because I had to take an 8-hour food safety course that is pretty much designed to scare the crap out of you, or at least to scare it off your hands.

So here’s a short answer and the really long answer, the latter comes complete with the scary stuff to make you really want to do it right. Yikes.