Most of us have Dawn dish soap in our kitchen. After all, it has become a staple item for each family. It smells good, and it does its job of getting rid of that pesky grease in our dishes. We also love that it doesn’t dry our hands. What if we tell you that aside from being a dishwashing liquid, our beloved Dawn antibacterial dish soap has more uses than you could think?
From cleaning your car to making DIY carpet cleaner, we’ll give you 12 amazing uses of Dawn dish soap.
Catch nasty fruit flies
Fruit flies are so pesky and annoying, aren’t they? They also carry germs and can get us sick.
Get rid of them with the help of Dawn dish soap. Put a few drops of the soap in a small bowl or container with some white vinegar.
They’ll be attracted to the white vinegar and then become stuck in the Dawn. Try it and see for yourself.
Clean makeup sponges and brushes with antibacterial dish soap
Can you use dish soap to clean makeup brushes and sponges? Yes, you can. Instead of buying those expensive makeup brushes and sponge cleaners, you can use this Dawn recipe.
“Make a solution of 2 cups warm water and only 1-2 drops of Dawn. Soak your makeup sponges in the solution for 30 minutes or so. Rinse well and repeat until they’re cleaned. Make sure to dry them fully so you don’t risk mold or mildew inside of the sponge,” explains Six Dollar Family.
Clean and de-for your eyeglass
Using a small spray bottle, create a mixture of one part water, one part rubbing alcohol, and a drop of dawn foaming dish soap.
Then you can spritz the mixture on your eyeglass and rub it with a soft microfiber cloth. Your lenses will be crystal clear.
Brush and comb cleaner
Over time, oils and hair products build up on our combs and brushes and they require a deep cleaning, and thankfully – there’s Dawn to the rescue!
That’s right. Dawn will clean your brush and comb thoroughly.
This simple DIY hack will require Dawn dish soap, Borax, and hot water. Head over to The Make Your Own Zone for their step-by-step instructions.
Non-toxic pest killer for garden
If you have a garden, we are pretty sure that you love your plants and don’t want to use nasty toxic pet killers, right?
Avoid using nasty toxic chemicals in your garden and opt for Dawn dish soap instead.
Although a Dawn and water mixture won’t kill all insects, it’s wonderful for repelling spider mites, aphids, and other common garden pests. Home Guides at SF Gate has more information.
Make dish soap ice packs
Why would you add dish soap when you could just freeze water in a ziplock bag, right? That’s possible and many have done this.
Here’s how this fun life hack works. When you freeze a mixture of Dawn soap and water, the soap prevents it from completely freezing.
This makes it the perfect ice pack for wrapping around the elbow, shoulders, and knees.
Easy-to-make carpet cleaner
If you have a nasty stain on your carpet, you don’t have to rush to the store for expensive carpet cleaners. Most carpet cleaners that we buy aren’t so effective too.
This DIY concoction will have your carpets looking brand new in no time. In a spray bottle, mix 2 ounces of hydrogen peroxide and 1 ounce of Dawn dish soap.
Spray the stain or problem area and scrub with a rag. Finish by spraying with plain water and scrubbing to remove any remnants of the stain as well as the soap.
Fun homemade Dawn bubbles
You may be wondering, can you use dish soap in a dishwasher?
Sorry, but this is something that we can’t do with Dawn unless you want to end up with a kitchen full of bubbles.
Speaking of bubbles, who doesn’t love playing with bubbles? Instead of spending money on pre-made bubbles, make your own! Now, Dawn can help you with that.
All you’ll need is a cup of Dawn, 6 cups of water, 1/4 cup of light corn syrup, and a container. First, put the water in the container and slowly add the soap while stirring, avoiding making it foam or bubble. Add the corn syrup, stir, and you’re good to go!
Wash your car with ease
Can you use dish soap to wash your car? Why yes you can! Forget the dishes, and turn your Dawn dish soap to your whip!
Simply mix a tablespoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid with one gallon of water and scrub your car with the soapy solution with a cloth or soft sponge.
Bear in mind that washing a car with dish soap will remove any protective wax, so you’ll need to re-wax the car when you’re done.
De-grease your tools
“It literally takes seconds to clean greasy tools with Dawn Dish Soap. Seconds,” Keenly Kristin’s blog says. All you need to do is put a tablespoon of Dawn in a gallon of hot water. Use a rag to instantly remove oil and grease from tools.
Keep houseplants insect free
You may be asking, “I’ve heard you can keep houseplants insect free with Dawn. I want to know how to use dish soap to kill ants and other insects?”
Using a spray bottle, place a drop of Dawn inside, and fill the rest with water. Shake well and mist your houseplants with the mixture in order to prevent any insects from wanting to eat it or make it their home. The soapy water mixture is a safe and non-toxic deterrent.
Remove stuck-on soot from hearth or fireplace bricks
Soot and ash can harden and settle around your fireplace making the appearance unsightly and dirty. Dawn is an easy fix!
We’re not kidding! Here’s how.
Just mix an equal part of liquid Dawn dish soap with Morton salt and add enough water to make a paste or cream. Rub the mixture onto the stained brick and let dry for 10 minutes. Wipe clean with a sponge and warm water.
Dawn, aside from being effective antibacterial dish soap, can also help us in many other things. Can you believe how convenient it would be for us if we learn how to use Dawn around our home?
We’re pretty sure you will start stocking up on Dawn dishwashing liquid the next time you go to the grocery store.