Dawn has established itself as America's bestselling dish soap and promises to warrant only half the effort of scrubbing against its competitors. Still, what makes it unique is the versatility of the detergent in being a valuable tool in everyone's home. Here are some simple ways you can put dish soap to good use outside the sink.
An Amazing Remedy for Greasy Hair
Who doesn't feel the world's weight is on their shoulders during bad hair days? Nothing goes well, all because your hair is extra greasy and wouldn't settle into the dreamy flow you need to vanquish your troubles. Fear not; we shall reveal a secret recipe that'll get your tresses to behave precisely how you want them to.
Prepare a makeshift shampoo with a dollop of Dawn and some water in the consistency of shampoo. Use the normal amount to lather your hair, then rinse it thoroughly. Unlike regular shampoos, it removes dandruff, grease, and the harmful chemical build-up of previous washes, adding an extra bounce and sheen to your locks.
Works in De-Icing the Frozen Sidewalks
Despite loving the cold weather so you can snuggle up under a thick, warm blanket in front of a fireplace, winters can be harsh in many ways. Imagine having to shovel your way through to your car every morning! What if we tell you there's a better way to get rid of the ice on the sidewalks?
The neat trick involves only three things: half a gallon of hot water, a tablespoon of rubbing al**hol, and the magic ingredient—a teaspoon of Dawn dish soap. Mix them, pour the solution over the frozen sidewalk, and watch the magic happen. The ice melts instantly, clearing the walkway for you without damaging the concrete.
Remedy for Allergic Reactions Caused by Poison Ivy
No plant screams "do not touch" as emphatically as poison ivy. A simple brush against the skin can cause an allergic reaction ranging from mild redness and blisters to severely hampering one's breathing. Despite the precaution, it's better to give it immediate attention if you find yourself in contact with the plant.
One of the effective ways to soothe your skin is to take a long shower with Dawn as soon as possible. The dish soap is known to alleviate the itching and dry out the blisters, thereby preventing the oils from spreading to the unaffected areas on the skin. A timely intervention like this can lessen the severity.
Effective Insect Repellent for Houseplants
A sure and affordable way to keep houseplants healthy and free from sap-sucking insects is by using homemade insect repellent. To make this, take a small amount of Dawn and dilute it with water, shake well, then spray the mist on your plants.
Even though the soap works effectively, it's important to try it on a couple of leaves for a day before using it on the whole plant to prevent damage. Also, when purchasing Dawn, choose the variety that has minimal additives and scent because some varieties contain chemicals that could be harsh.
The Secret to Insect-Free Pets
It's no doubt that insects love hiding in the fur of pets, especially dogs! Insects like fleas and ticks suck blood, thus causing harm, and when not dealt with, they can end the pet's life. Therefore, to protect pets without breaking the bank buying expensive shampoos, a homemade solution of Dawn dish soap works effectively.
The recipe is a proportional mix of Dawn, water, and white vinegar. Don't worry, the solution is toxic-free and won't lead to any irritations, but keep in mind not to use it when your pet has skin problems. After cleaning them, however, keep a close watch to see if they have any reaction. Also, to completely get rid of the insect's eggs, clean the pet's sleeping area.
Clear Fogged Glass Surfaces
It's difficult to see clearly when fog forms on glass surfaces. This is not only frustrating but also puts one at risk of accidents, especially on the road. Whether it's your car glass, shower door, eyeglasses, or any glass surface, a mixture of Dawn dish soap and water does the defogging magic!
Mix the required amount, spray it on the glass surface and wipe with a clean cloth, then rinse and dry. Watch how the glass remains clean and clear in the presence of steam because the light film the soap leaves prevent water vapor from forming on the glass.
Get Grease off Your Tools Easily
If there is one thing that feels too persistent and most difficult to get off, it’s the grease on tools. Those who like to get their hands and clothes dirty under cars must know that it is a nightmare to get that dense thing off the tools. Well, worry no more because we have just the tip for you.
Mix up a little dish soap in water and soak your tools in the solution after you’re done tinkering for the day. It’ll remove the oil, dirt, and grease and keep them from rusting. This cleaning method will increase the tool’s durability as well.
Make an Ice Pack Out of It
Ice packs are something that everyone should have in their household for emergency situations. Nevertheless, should such a situation pop up and you find yourself out of ice packs, there’s a quick trick you may use to get the job done.
Yes, the answer lies in Dawn dish soap, the miracle-working liquid. If you fill a sandwich bag with it and freeze it, it can make for a good homemade ice pack. What’s interesting is that it’ll stay cold longer, and even afterward, it may be refrozen. Ohh, and it’ll adjust its shape to the area you’re applying it to; how cool is that?
Dish Soap Leaves Your Pool Sparkling
For many people, including children, swimming is an enjoyable hobby. It is soothing to feel the cool water on your skin, especially in the summer. Nevertheless, swimming becomes unpleasant when your pool is dirty and lacks regular maintenance.
Searching for a fix for your dirty pool issues? Dish soap is a good option. Pouring the dish soap in the center of the pool will force all the filth to the edge, making cleanup simple and leaving the water gleaming. Give it a try, and you will be glad you did.
Blow Bubbles Using This DIY Trick
Have you wondered why children love to blow bubbles? The movement stimulates their brains when the bubbles float in the air, keeping them engaged. This activity is quite helpful for adults, too, in relieving stress and anxiety.
Now that we have your attention, here's a neat DIY trick to create your own bubble-making concoction at home. To half a cup of Ultra Dawn dish soap, add half a gallon of water and a tablespoon of either glycerine or white Karo syrup, whichever is on hand, and mix them gently till the foam forms. After skimming the foam off the surface, you can dip the bubble wand in and have soothing fun with your kids.
An Easy Plan to Unclog Toilets
It's about time clogged toilets are listed as an emergency! Where does one go when you have to relieve yourself urgently? During times like these, it's impossible to wait for plumbers to arrive and set it right. So, the next best thing is to learn how to unclog the toilets on your own and to do it quickly.
Here is a quick-fix solution you'll thank us for once you try it. The trick is to pour half a cup of Dawn down the toilet and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Flush it off with hot water, and you'll have your toilet unclogged in no time, spic and span, and ready for use.
Soften Your Cuticles in Minutes
Getting a manicure? Well, you might be surprised that when you soak your hands in a solution of Dawn before your appointment, your cuticles will be soft and easy to trim. Simply take a bowl, fill it with warm water and add drops of Dawn, then immerse your fingers for 3-5 minutes. After that, your nails will be clean and ready for the polish to adhere smoothly.
This same method can be used to remove polish and acrylics without causing damage to the nails. It is possible because the solution helps break down the glue attached to your nails, hence easy removal of the acrylics.
Get Your Tubs and Tiles Sparkling
We no longer stress about scrubbing our tiles and tubs for long hours. The easiest and fastest way to get the job done is to mix half a spray bottle of warm vinegar and Dawn dish soap, sprinkle the solution, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Make sure to use a generous amount, and instead of going for a sponge, use a broom with tough bristles to scrub properly.
Not only will the dirt be cleaned, but the stubborn stains too will vanish because the soap breaks up oils and build-ups. For the best outcome, try the blue Dawn dish soap.
Get Paint off Walls and Floor
People who have little kids in their homes know what a pain it is to keep the house clean and presentable when your kid likes to go Picasso all over the walls and floor. Children love being artistic with paints, and in the course of painting may just spoil your floor from the spills.
Even if you don’t have a kid in the house, re-painting a wall still leaves plenty of stains on the floor, which becomes a nightmare if it’s hardwood flooring. Nevertheless, don't fret, because dish soap can take care of it as well. Use Dawn dish soap to clean off the paint splatters on your floor and walls, and they’ll come off easily.
Home-Made Pest Control Solution
Should ants find their way into your house, it’s an absolute nightmare to get rid of them. They seem to have a good memory and are pretty stubborn. Also, in case you have kids that like leaving food around, get ready for a prolonged battle with those little things that’ll ultimately wear you down.
When engaged in such a battle, make use of Dawn dish soap to keep the ants away. Just mix a small quantity of Dawn in water to make a solution. Spraying this solution over countertops will clean them and most importantly, keep ants away. You may also spray this over an ant line to wipe them out.
Safe for Cleaning Birds and Wildlife
Oil spill is a disastrous malady that affects the environment and especially wildlife whenever it happens. Birds and animals recovered from areas spilled with oil are given a bath as a foremost step to avoid skin conditions as a result of contact with the oil and other chemical substances. Reportedly, International Bird Rescue Center uses Dawn dish soap to do so.
Dawn is mild in nature and does not harm the sensitive skin of birds or other animals. Hence, it can be effectively used to give them a rinse in place of expensive pet wash solutions. What’s more interesting is that it is biodegradable.
Dish Soap as a Non-Toxic Lubricant
Biodegradable and non-toxic dish soaps are highly safe. For example, one of the many uses of dish soap is cleaning door hinges. When a hinge's sliding components are used, metal surfaces brush against one another, creating dust.
This is why it is vital to know how to clean hardware, including door hinges correctly, whether you're refurbishing vintage furniture or just giving your home a quick cleaning. First, apply some dish soap to areas within reach to keep the hinges working perfectly without squeaky noise. Additionally, the soap will clean them simultaneously, giving them a fresh new look.
The Ultimate Driveway and Garage Cleaner
Sometimes, stains from fuel leaks, mold spores, or grass fertilizers may inevitably appear on your driveway, leaving it unattractive. Nonetheless, if you know the most effective techniques and cleaning supplies to eliminate these stains, they don't have to mess up your curb appeal.
Dish soap is a great choice to use. You can start by pouring cat litter over the area to soak up extra oil and grime. Next, use a pre-soaked brush mixture of lukewarm water and dish soap to scrub the affected area. The stains will disappear, hence restoring the beauty of your driveway.
Cleaning Up Soiled Clothing
Nobody wants to rock soiled clothes as it can be embarrassing and unpleasant. Yet, stains like ink, lipstick, cooking oil, or grease sometimes can not be avoided. Worse still, dealing with these stubborn stains on your favorite dress or shirt can be extremely frustrating.
The good news is that you can remove any difficult stains from your clothes using dish soap. Pour some on a toothbrush, and apply it to the affected area of your cloth. After a while, wash it off with regular detergent and water; your clothing will be as sparkling as if it were new.
The Best Fix for Tarnished Jewelry
Jewelry is a fashion accessory that enhances one's overall appearance, but the longer you wear it, the more filthy and duller it becomes. Still, no one wants to be seen wearing tarnished jewelry, whether necklaces, rings, bracelets, or earrings.
If you're anxious about this, dish soap can come in handy. To begin, submerge your jewelry in a bowl of warm water or soda with a spoonful of dish soap. After a few hours, take it off and gently scrub it with a toothbrush before rinsing it off. Your jewelry will appear brand new after being dried with a soft towel.
Get Rid of Weeds in Your Garden
Weeds can ruin the look of any landscape, and there are several solutions to get rid of them. Yet, the chemicals that eliminate weeds can harm your plants and flowers. They’ll also harm the pollinators like the butterflies and birds that feed in your garden.
So, if you’re looking for a safe solution to get rid of weeds, use an equal amount of dish soap, vinegar, salt, and water. Put this solution in a spray bottle and spray the weeds; they will be gone within a few days. The best part about this solution is that your plants and flowers will be safe.
Clean the Stains on Your Carpet
Dish soap has been cleaning the stains off your dishes for so long and can also be used to take the stains off your carpet. Pet stains and other stubborn stains that can’t be removed using any other cleaner will disappear when you prepare a mixture using dish soap.
All you have to do is mix two ounces of hydrogen peroxide with one ounce of dish soap in a spray bottle and spray this cleaning solution on the toughest stains. Let the solution sit, and then scrub the stain away. After that, rinse the area with water to remove the cleaning solution, and you’ll see that the stain is gone and your carpet is as good as new.
Detect the Hole In Your Tire
It’s quite hard to determine the exact place of the puncture in the bike or car tire that is causing it to go flat. Yet, with the help of dish soap, you can save your money and find the hole without going to the bike or auto shop. The solution is simple: just some dish soap and water.
Mix the dish soap with water and pour the mixture or brush it all over your tire. You’ll see bubbles coming out of the puncture, so you’ll be able to detect it easily. This way, you can quickly fix it without heading to a professional, and you’ll be saving a lot of time and money.
Clean Greasy Dishes Faster
Greasy dishes can become difficult to clean, especially if you don't have a stiff brush to scrub them. Yet, there's a little hack that you can try, combining dish soap's powerful cleaning properties with scrubbing. Just freeze dish soap with some water in an ice tray and use the cubes to clean your dishes.
The dish soap will retain its cleaning properties, and the cubes will be stiff enough to help clean the dishes. Use a soft sponge or a pair of gloves to hold the frozen cubes, and you'll wash all your dishes easily in no time.
Remove Barbecue Residue After Grilling
All the juices dripping from your grilled food will make it taste amazing but become difficult to clean up, especially when they sit on your grill for too long. If you want your grill to always be clean and ready for the next barbecue, you can clean it using a cleaning mixture made of dish soap.
Mix half a cup of dish soap with baking soda and vinegar until you form a paste. Spread this paste on your grill and the grates using a paintbrush, and let the cleaning paste sit for several hours. Afterward, use a stiff brush or sponge to scrub the grill; all the grease should come off effortlessly.
Coming to the Hair Brush’s Rescue
It's only natural to put off washing the hairbrush until it collects residue, dirt, and grease from your tresses and pumps them right back in every time you style your mane. Come to think of it, what if dish soap came to the rescue?
Experts recommend washing hair brushes with liquid soap and water to save your locks and potentially encourage growth. In fact, the process involves almost no effort on your part. Just soak the brush in warm water mixed with Dawn dish soap for several hours. The temperature of the solution will disperse the dirt from your prized possession, and voilà! You're good.
Keeping Facial Oils at Bay
You may have accepted the fact that facial oils are here to stay, and they obviously don't mind stressing you to a breaking point. Nevertheless, instead of purchasing expensive face cleansers, you can make your own. In addition to being free, fast, and easy, this homemade remedy is availably fresh all year round.
First, boil some water, but ensure that it doesn't over boil—you want to improve your situation, not worsen it. Then, in a clean bowl, mix a few drops of Dawn dish soap with water. Next, wash your face with the mixture and rinse. That's all you need!
Dish Soap Isn’t for Dishes Only
We know the accompanying word implies otherwise, but dish soap puts itself to the test once more, this time on clothes. When you're in a bind and have a pile of laundry awaiting your next move, don't take out a payday loan to ease the burden. A reasonable quantity of Dawn and only three other active ingredients will do the trick.
You'll need washing soda, washing booster, and, of course, sizzling hot water. Combine these with the tried-and-true dish soap in a small gallon. Then tackle those dirty outfits, and no stain would dare stand in the way of this potent mashup.
Ridding Your Hair of Gum
Both hair and gum are fantastic on their own, but when they meet, it's a recipe for disaster. Whenever a gooey substance stands in the way of your locks, utilize Dawn dish soap to show it who's boss. With a tail comb, tenderly section the affected area of your scalp and restrain the remaining locks in a low ponytail.
To begin, dab some dish lotion on your palm. Massage the product into your tresses extensively, starting at the affected area and working your way up to the strands' tips. Do this until you sense the gum's bond loosening, then finish off with a thorough rinse.
Washing the Famous Cloth Diapers
If you support the campaign for eco-friendly cloth diapers, you may have faced some challenges while using those items. While they are gentle on the skin and protect your baby from skin rashes, they do come with a stress tag: washing
Dish soap, mercifully, makes it much easier to clean a soiled diaper. To remove the built-up grease, soak them with Dawn in a tub of hot water for about 45 minutes to an hour. Then run it through a washer without detergent. Many parents testified that their kids' diapers no longer stank after cleaning, thanks to this hack.
Make Windows Clear and Sparkling
Windows tend to be a harbor for dust, especially during the summer. Also, trying to see through foggy windows is frustrating, so it makes sense to keep them sparkling and clean. How do you now achieve this when running low on glass cleaner and need to clean the windows ASAP? All you need do is turn to this dish soap.
This solution is environmentally friendly and works like magic. Take a small quantity of Dawn dish soap and let it dilute in water. Use a microfiber cloth or sponge to rub the mixture into each window surface, and watch out for a permanent clear view.
Removes All Stains From Your Grout
It's so overwhelming to clean dirty tile, but everyone knows that cleaning the grout is the most frustrating part. Thankfully, this chore can be easier with a small quantity of Dawn dish soap. If your grout is white, it often feels like you can never eliminate those stubborn stains. Nevertheless, you don't need to worry.
To clean the grout, warm up a cup of hydrogen peroxide or vinegar in the microwave and pour it into a spray bottle. Next, add a cup of Dawn into the bottle and shake to combine the mixture. Lightly apply the mixture to the grout and let it sit for 10 minutes before scrubbing. Rinse with clean water, and you're done!
Perfect for Cleaning Household Appliances
When it comes to cleaning appliances, Dawn dish soap is a miracle worker. This solution does beyond cleaning windows and stubborn stains. People with stainless steel kitchen appliances know for sure that they get a little messy at the slightest splash and touch. Even if you are an extra careful cook, a small amount of food always finds its way out of your pan, adhering to the stovetop
The good news is that no matter how messy your kitchen appliances are, a small amount of Dawn dish soap will make them sparkling again. If you seek an effective way to clean your kitchen counters and other surfaces around the home, try to use this soap and your favorite sponge to rub off particles and other grime.
Produces Beautiful Rainbow Bubbles
Everyone loves bubbles as they are one of our favorite outdoor activities on a sunny day. While making rainbow bubbles might cost some bucks, we have a low-cost formula to make it happen. All you need to create this fun exercise for kids is a little quantity of dish soap and water.
The procedure for making rainbow bubbles is quite straightforward. Add 2 tablespoons of dish soap and 1/4 cup of warm water to a bowl. Then, add food colorations or liquid watercolor to help get the preferred color. Mix for about 1-2 minutes before scooping it into your desired container. You can repeat this until you have enough foam to go round.
Suitable for Washing Cars
Everyone's car is entitled to enjoy the goodness that comes with Dawn dish soap. This formula is the answer to making your car clean and sparkling! It eliminates dirt and debris while enhancing the color of the car. Also, if you want a clean car interior, Dawn dish wash does that, too.
All you need is to pour a tablespoon of the dishwashing liquid into a gallon of water. Get a microfiber and use the soapy mixture to scrub your vehicle. It is advisable to remember that Dawn will remove any protective wax; hence, you will need to re-wax afterward.
Remove Stickers and Labels Easily
There are a few things as annoying as trying to remove an adhesive label. A bulk of people have experienced it, and this is why this particular sap hack stands uniquely.
Whenever one tries removing an adhesive label, the most frustrating part is dealing with the leftover goo and residue. The solution to easily get them off is to spread some Dawn dish soap on the sticker and allow it to stay there for an hour. Afterward, peeling it off would be easy, leaving nothing behind.
A Little Dish Soap for Chewing Gum
The majority of people want long hair, but very few know how to handle it. One such occurrence that proves the poor knowledge of hair care is when you get chewing gum stuck in the hair.
Your go-to solution might be to use a clipper but hold that thought. To avoid cutting the hair off, all you need to do is to apply this easy soap hack. Simply rub a little Dawn dish soap into the piece of gum. This would dry the gum and easily make it fall off the hair.
Not Just Garage Floor but Garage Doors Too
Of all the methods often employed in cleaning garage doors, this method is arguably the most common, and it involves very easy steps. The cleaning begins by simply removing any debris or dirt on the door with the aid of a soft brush or broom after which you pre-rinse the surface with water.
Similarly, Dawn dish soap is also very effective in cleaning garage floors and garage doors, too. To achieve this, add just a teaspoon of Dawn and ½ cup of white vinegar into an empty spray bottle. This action is now followed by spritzing all over the garage door. For the last phase, get a brush to thoroughly wipe the door with, and just wash off with water.
Don't Throw Out Your Makeup Sponge Just Yet
There is always the pain of letting your makeup sponge go because it's old and grimy, but what if you didn't even have to let it go, at least not for such reasons. That is precisely why this hack would come in handy next time you think of throwing it away.
When next your makeup sponge begins to look grimy and old, just follow these quick steps and watch how it transforms. Mix 3-5 drops of Dawn with two cups of water in a large bowl, after which you soak your sponge for just an hour. This would do the magic of renewing your beloved makeup sponge.
Dawn Cuts Through Grease Easily
When it comes to dish soaps, it goes beyond just the cleaning agents, solvents, pH adjusters, and the likes; there is always a concern as to the health effect it may have on users. This is where Dawn dish soap has its edge as it not only does a wonderful job of cleaning your dishes but is also healthy.
The complete formula may not be available for public consumption, but Dawn's spokesperson has left little to the imagination as to the unique powerful chemical compounds that reduce the surface tension of a liquid when it's dissolved. This easily cuts through grease to give your dishes a sparkling look.