Despite the heading, this post is not at all poetic: it is about dish washing liquid.
I recently heard from a knowledgeable food friend that the only dish washing liquid to use is Dawn, which I had never tried. He said that he had switched when he read that Dawn is what is used to clean birds that have been soaked in oil spills, and found the grease-cutting ability of this brand to be markedly superior to others. Faced with this compelling advice, I have switched and I think it's true. So give Dawn a try.
To find out more about the use of Dawn to clean oil-soaked loons, pelicans and cormorants, follow this link to a thread on the International Bird Rescue Reserarch Center's efforts.