Alternative Uses for Dawn Dish Soap
Alternative Uses For Household Products: A Series.
We all know that Dawn is the “grease getter” when it comes to washing dishes, but did you know that there are over 20 other uses that Dawn dish soap can be used for? The more research I did, the more I was amazed at how many household chores can be cleaned up using Dawn. Needless to say, Dawn dish soap has just been added to MY grocery list!
What DAWN can do for you…
Kill Fleas – did you also know that just one female flea will produce 20,000 eggs in a period of only three months? Gross! Give your dog a bath with Blue Dawn Dish soap and the fleas will wash away. The best part is that since fleas can still linger around the house you can wash sheet with Dawn, the woodwork, counter tops, floors, pretty much the whole house can be flea-liminated with Dawn!
Kill Ticks – ticks are notorious for being the varmint that never dies. But apparently Dawn will bring them down. Either bathe your dog in Dawn water, apply a drop of Dawn directly on the tick if it is attached or down the Tick in Dawn once you have removed from your pet.
Kill Lice – here is a recipe I found that can be applied to kids or pets infested with lice: 6 oz of Dawn dish detergent, 2 oz white vinegar, and 2 tablespoons tea tree oil. Mix the ingredients together, put on hair ten minutes, comb through with metal lice comb, rinse and condition.
Use as an Ice Pack – fill a strong zip-lock sandwich bag with Dawn dishwashing liquid, close and freeze. The liquid soap stays cold much longer and it can be re-frozen many times.
Relieve Poison Ivy – poison ivy spreads through the spread of the oil within the blisters. Washing the affected area with Dawn helps dry up the fluid and keep it from spreading.
Manicure – soak your fingers in a dish of pure Dawn and it will soften your cuticles and remove the natural oils (so polish will stick) from your nail beds at the same time!
Degrease Hair – no matter what the cause of greasy hair; if you haven’t showered in a few days, have shampoo buildup, or your kids smeared butter, lotion or petroleum jelly in their hair, a shampoo using Dawn can be used to lift that grease right out.
Pre-treat Laundry – maybe Dawn should be called the “stain lifter”?! Apply a drop of Dawn on any oil based stain such as lipstick, grease, butter or cooking oil and the stain will lift right out.
SPRAY BOTTLE METHOD: Combine a drop or two of Dawn in a spray bottle with water and you can use this solution for all of the following tasks: repel ants (spray countertops/cupboards), houseplant insects, cleans windows, clean bathroom and kitchen counters and sinks, remove pet stains from carpets, clean grease from appliances, patio furniture, blinds, glass and painted surfaces.
To clean your tub and/or shower using the spray bottle method add white vinegar to a spray bottle, heat in the microwave and then fill the rest of the way with Blue Dawn. Mix well, then spray on your tub and shower walls. Allow to sit for a few minutes and rinse away. It will melt all the gunk, slime, sludge and other stuff that builds up including a bathtub ring.
BUCKET METHOD – this is for bigger tougher jobs, where Dawn is typically combined with other ingredients and followed by a bucket of water. The Bucket Method can be used for the following:
Wash Driveway – To remove gasoline or motor oil stains on your driveway, use a kitty litter such as Worlds Best Cat Litter to soak up excess oil and then pour the mixture of Dawn and a bucket of warm water followed by a scrub broom to remove excess motor oil from the pavement.
Un-clog Toilet - A cup of Dawn detergent poured into a clogged toilet allowed to sit for 15 minutes and then followed with a bucket of hot water poured from waist height will clear out the toilet.
Clean Automotive Tools – Remove grease from your automotive tools by soaking them in a bucket filled with warm water and Dawn mixture.
Mop Floors -Use only a drop or two of Dawn in a warm bucket of water to clean ceramic tile and no-wax/linoleum floors
Last but not least… DAWN SAVES WILDLIFE! Dawn dish soap is used by Wildlife Rescue organizations to clean up animals effected by oil spills. According to the International Bird Rescue Research Center, Dawn effectively removes grease but does not cause harm to the skin of the birds and the solution is gentle enough to not harm the sensitive areas around animals’ eyes and feathers.. It’s also biodegradable and contains no phosphates.
And because Dawn has so many uses… Stockn’Go has decided to sell it by the case! Keep some for yourself, give some to your friends and family… they will love you for it and think you’re really smart when you tell them all the things you can do with it!!