I use dishwasher detergent also. I just fill up a pail with hot water and detergent and soak them in there for fifteen minutes. Then take them out and DRIP DRY(DO NOT PUT THEM IN THE DRYER):no: themWhen I do wash them, I just use dishwasher detergent. If they stiffen up, I rub a little neatsfoot oil into them. I rarely try to get them clean but after a while, you kind of have to at least get the major stuff off.