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17 Cleaning Hacks Courtesy of Dawn Dish Soap

Dawn dish soap is one of the items most commonly found in almost every American household. It’s very gentle on your skin, but it is still powerful enough to be labeled an ‘all-purpose cleaner’. But there are a great number of ways you can use the blue liquid soap – it’s not only for washing dirty dishes!

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All of you, lovers of cleaning hacks, will be more than happy to learn that the Dawn dish soap can save you a lot of money, and, even more importantly, it will make a lot of daily tasks much easier. Here are 17 ways you can use the liquid soap, courtesy of FabHow.

1. Weed killer

You don’t always have time to deal with weeds. But they need to be eliminated, not only because they make your garden look unkempt, but also because they steal the nutrients in the soil that are needed for your plants. You can make your own weed killer with vinegar, which draws the moisture out of the weed, and Epsom salt which will prevent it from re-growing.

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Ingredients:

1 cup white vinegar
2 teaspoons Dawn dish soap
2 tablespoons Epsom salt

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Step 1

Pour 1 cup of white vinegar in a pitcher. Add 2 teaspoons of Dawn dish soap. Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt. Stir well to blend the three ingredients.

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Step 2

Transfer the mixture into a spray bottle using a small funnel. Check the weather forecast to make sure there won’t be rain in the next two days. Spray the weeds during the hottest hour of the day. Repeat daily for a week to completely get rid of the weeds.

2. Clean sidewalks

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Dawn dish soap can de-ice your sidewalk! Winter is a very dangerous time of year because of the ice patches lurking everywhere. Usually, people throw salt for de-icing purposes, but the salt can damage the concrete sidewalks. That’s why the preferable method is using a combination of dish soap and rubbing alcohol. This will both melt the ice and prevent refreezing.

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Ingredients:

¼ tablespoon rubbing alcohol
¼ teaspoon Dawn dish soap
2 cups hot water

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Preparation and use:

Mix ¼ teaspoon of Dawn dish soap with 2 cups of hot water in a spray bottle. Add ¼ tablespoon of rubbing alcohol. Spray the solution on your sidewalk for instant results.

3. Ant killer

Ants are such a nuisance! And using chemicals to deal with them can be dangerous for your kids or pets. So what you need is an alternate solution – something that will kill those pesky critters but won’t harm anyone else. This is where the combination of Listerine, hydrogen peroxide, and Dawn dish soap comes in handy.

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Ingredients:

1 tablespoon Dawn dish soap
1 tablespoon Listerine
1 tablespoon 3% hydrogen peroxide

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Preparation and use:

Using a funnel, pour 1 tablespoon each of 3% hydrogen peroxide and Listerine in a spray bottle. Add 1 tablespoon of Dawn dish soap.

Spray the area infested with ants. The solution will work in 10-15 minutes. Then wash or wipe off the area to remove the dead ants.

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4. Flea killer for dogs

Dawn dish soap doesn’t work only on ants – it’s great for fleas as well. You can bathe your dog with it. The liquid soap works similarly to a mild shampoo, and as an added bonus, your dog will smell great.

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Use:

Scrub your dog’s coat with one 1 teaspoon of Dawn dish soap. Rinse thoroughly with water. A single use should be enough to kill off the fleas. If necessary, you can repeat the process weekly until they are completely gone.

5. Unclogging the toilet

Yup, the magical Dawn dish soap can work wonders on a clogged toilet as well.

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Use:

Pour 1 cup of Dawn dish liquid soap into your clogged toilet. Let it work 10-15 minutes. Then pour a bucket of hot water into the bowl and your toilet is clean!

6. Tub and shower cleaner

A mixture of white vinegar and Dawn dish soap can get rid of the accumulated soap scum and water stains in your tub and shower and eliminate the bacteria that breed in the moist environment. The soap will clear away gunk and the vinegar will act as a disinfectant.

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Ingredients:

¼ cup white vinegar
¼ Dawn dish soap

Preparation and use:

Heat the vinegar in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Add the dish soap to the hot vinegar. Mix well and pour into a spray bottle. Apply the mixture all over your bathtub and shower walls. Leave it on for 1-2 minutes, then rinse with water.

7. Carpet stain removal

Your favourite carpet is stained? Don’t worry, you don’t have to say goodbye just yet! Dawn dish soap (and hydrogen peroxide) to the rescue!

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Ingredients:

½ cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
4 to 5 drops Dawn dish soap

Preparation and use:

Mix the two ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray generously over the stain. Scrub for 1-2 minutes. Use paper towels to blot the excess liquid. Repeat until the stain has disappeared.

8. Floor cleaner

Make your own floor cleaner with dish soap, vinegar (which acts as deodorizer and disinfectant) and rubbing alcohol (disinfectant). To leave your room smelling nicely, add some essential oils. This solution is safe to use on all kinds of surfaces, such as granite, marble, or natural stone.

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Ingredients:

1 or 2 drops Dawn dish soap
1 cup warm water
¼ cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
3 to 5 drops essential oil (optional)

Preparation and use:

Pour the water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Add the alcohol and the soap. Then add the essential oil if you like. Mix the ingredients, spray the floor, and after a few minutes wipe it off with a mop.

9. Stain remover from fabric

Dawn dish soap is gentle enough not to damage your delicate fabrics, but it will still remove the stains. It works especially well for removing turmeric stains. Combine it with baking soda (abrasive agent), and hydrogen peroxide (mild bleach).
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Ingredients:

2 tablespoons 3% hydrogen peroxide
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon Dawn dish soap

Preparation and use:

Pour the peroxide into a bowl. Add the other two ingredients and mix with a spoon. You can store the solution in a bottle.

To treat the stain pour some of the liquid directly over it. Scrub with a soft bristled brush. When the stain comes off, wash the item of clothing in the washing machine.

10. Jewelry cleaner

A concoction of Dawn dish soap and Windex will restore the sheen of your jewelry by removing the dirt accumulated in the crevices. It’s safe to use this method on gold, silver, and stone jewelry.

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Ingredietns: 

4 to 5 drops Dawn dish soap
¼ cup Windex

Preparation and use:

Mix the ingredients and heat them in the microwave for 1 minute. Put your jewelry in the solution and leave it in for about 10 minutes. Scrub with a soft bristled brush. Rinse under running water.

11. DIY ice pack

You can make an ice pack by freezing the dish soap to a semi-liquid state.

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Ingredients:

½ cup liquid dish soap
Ziploc or vacuum seal freezer bag

Preparation and use:

Pour the dish soap into a ziplock bag, squeeze out the air, and seal it. 3-4 hours in the freezer will turn it into a gel-like substance.

Place a towel on your aching muscle and the ice pack on top of it. Don’t put it directly onto your skin as it can cause ice burns.

12. Glass defogger

If you wear glasses, you’re all too familiar with the problems a hot drink can cause. Prevent your glasses from fogging up with Dawn dish soap!

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Use:

Put a drop of Dawn dish soap over the lens. Smear it over the lens gently with your fingers. Do the same on the inner side as well. Wipe off with micro-fiber cloth. The soap will form a thin, clear film on the lenses, making sure they don’t fog up again.

13. Remove grease or dye from hair

Bad hair days are a thing of the past when you have Dawn dish soap at your disposal! Whether your hair is naturally oily, or if you somehow managed to get grease into it, using the soap as shampoo will get rid of it. And if you’ve just dyed your hair, but it’s too dark, you can lighten it by removing the excess dye with the liquid soap.

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Use:

Just wash your hair with the soap as you would any other shampoo.

If you often use styling products, you can remove the product buildup on your scalp by washing your hair with the dish soap once a month.

14. Grill cleaner

Who doesn’t love a barbecue? And who doesn’t hate cleaning the grill afterwards? This process is, however, much easier and faster if you use Dawn dish soap!
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Use:

Mix 1-2 tablespoons of soap and 2 cups of warm water in a spray bottle. Mix well and spray over the grill. After 5-10 minutes, scrub off the loosened grime with a wired brush. Rinse thoroughly with water. If necessary, repeat until clean.

15. Manicure at home

When you can’t afford getting a professional manicure every week, you have to make do with cheaper alternatives. And Dawn dish soap is just the thing you need to clean your nails and soften your cuticles.

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Ingredients:

Dawn dish soap
Warm water in a large bowl
Thick body lotion

Preparation and use:

Mix 1 teaspoon of soap and warm water in a big bowl. Use two bowls to do both your hands simultaneously. Make sure the soap has dissolved in the water and soak your fingers for 5 minutes. Rinse with water, wipe with towel, and apply some thick body lotion on your hands.

16. Lubricate a squeaky door

Opening your door feels like being in a horror movie? No more scary irritating noises, not when Dawn dish soap is here!

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Use: 

Pour a few drops of soap over the hinge. Spread the liquid by opening and shutting the door a few times. And that’s it! The squeak is gone!

Source: fabhow