Dishpan-hands meaning

A rough, dry, scaly condition of the hands typically caused by sensitivity to or excessive use of household detergents or cleaning agents.
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Dry, rough, reddened hands, as from washing many dishes.
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A rough, dry, scaly condition of the hands typically caused by sensitivity to or excessive use of household detergents or cleaning agents.
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(idiomatic) Hands which are rough, reddish, and dry, as from irritation and chafing caused by immersion in hot water mixed with detergent.
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Origin of dishpan-hands

  • Possibly coined circa mid-1920s for the advertising of Lever Brothers "Lux" brand dishwashing soap.

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