One of the best ways to save money in your budget is to find additional uses for products you already have!
This is a great way to make a DIY version of tons of items around your house, for less money!
I’ve previously looked at the unexpected used for shaving cream, and another one of those super flexible products is Dawn dish soap!
Many people know they can use Dawn Dish soap for cutting through all kinds of grease, but did you know it could actually unclog a toilet, or be used as a sidewalk de-icer?
25 Uses For Dawn Dish Soap
Wild Life (Oil Spill Cleanup)
Dawn effectively removes grease without causing harm to the skin of the effected animals! It’s also biodegradable and phosphate free.
Dawn is a key ingredient in the Giant Bubble Recipe used in bubble makers at many children’s museums:
- 1/2 cup Ultra Dawn
- 1/2 gallon warm water
- 1 tablespoon glycerin (available at any drug store)
- Stir gently. Skim the foam off the top of the solution (too much foam breaks down the bubbles), and enjoy!
If you have a child, you have probably had to remove many different types of “shampoo creations” from their hair…like Vaseline and baby oil ?! Dawn is mild enough to use on their hair, yet strong enough to remove the most stubborn grease!
Hair Product Buildup
Once a month use original Dawn as you would shampoo. It will remove excess oil from your hair and scalp and strip away any build-up of styling products without any damage. Perform this once a month and you won’t have to buy expensive salon products that do the same thing!
Soak fingers in full-strength blue Dawn. It makes the cuticles soft and easy to work with. And it removes the natural oil from the fingernails, which allows the polish to adhere better, and last longer!
Repel Household Insects
A safe, effective way to repel insects from your houseplants, including aphids and spider mites. Put a drop of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid in a spray bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with water, shake well, and mist your household plants with the soapy water.
Clean Your Windows
Try this recipe and make your windows shine!
- Mix 3 drops Dawn in 3 liters of water, and fill a spray bottle with the solution.
- Spritz and wipe as you would with any window cleaner.
Pets and Pests
Use it to bathe the dog! It kills fleas on contact and is much cheaper than expensive dog shampoos.
Clean Automotive Tools
Soak your dirty tools in Dawn before you put them away to remove all the oil and grime. Dawn also helps prevent rust from forming on the tools, making them last longer!
Homemade Ice Pack
Partially fill a ziploc sandwich bag with Dawn dishwashing liquid, close and freeze. The liquid soap stays cold much longer and it can be re-frozen many times. It will also conform to the place you need the ice pack, ensuring evenly placed cooling!
Tub & Shower Cleaner
Take a spray bottle and fill it halfway with white vinegar. Heat in the microwave for about 45 seconds. Fill the rest of the way with blue Dawn. Put lid on and shake to mix well. Spray on your tub and shower walls. Allow to sit for a few minutes and rinse away. It will totally melt all the gunk, slime, sludge and other stuff that builds up, including a bathtub ring!
Spray counter-tops, cupboards and any other area where you see ants with a solution of Dawn and water. Wipe dry. The slight residue of Dawn that remains will not be a problem at all for kids or pets, but ants hate it!
Stripping Cloth Diapers
Add a squirt or two of original Dawn dish soap to your washer and run a hot wash, then rinse until there are no more bubbles.
Dawn is a degreasing agent and helps stripping by removing oily residue. Be sure to rinse, rinse, rinse until the water runs clear!
A cup of Dawn dish soap poured into a clogged toilet will usually do the trick! Allow it to sit for 15 minutes, then follow with a bucket of hot water poured from waist height, and the clog should move along!
Washing the affected area with Dawn (especially on children who keep scratching the blisters open), helps dry up the poison ivy fluid and keeps it from spreading.
If you have gas or oil stains on your driveway, you can use the kitty litter method to clean up the excess oil, and then use a scrub broom and a solution of biodegradable Dawn dishwashing detergent and warm water to safely and effectively remove excess motor oil from the pavement!
Dawn makes a great facial cleanser for oily skin! A drop or two combined with warm water will do the trick.
Paint/Grease Remover for Hands
Dawn combined with corn oil makes for the perfect paint or grease remover! Simply combine a little bit of both in your hands then rub it over the effected areas. The corn oil and the dishwashing liquid both help to dissolve the grease and paint – yet leave skin soft, unlike harsher paint removers.
Cleaning Kiddie Pools
Plastic wading pools can get very gunky, very fast! Dump the water, then scrub the pool with Dawn and a sponge. More potent cleaners like bleach will weaken and dry out the plastic in the sun, so this alternative will also help it last longer!
Use a drop of Dawn in water to clean …
- ceramic tile and no-wax/linoleum floors.
- Bathroom and kitchen counters and sinks.
- Woodwork, e.g., baseboards, shelves, and wainscoting. (Dry as you go–wood doesn’t like prolonged contact with water!)
- Tubs and toilet seats.
For oil-based stains such as lipstick, grease, butter, oil, and some pen inks, simply apply some Dawn dishwashing liquid directly to the stain and scrub with a toothbrush until the oil is removed, then launder as usual.
Sliding glass doors, door knobs, hinges etc. It lasts much longer than any aerosol type spray that I have tried. And it’s non-toxic! It does a great job of cleaning the parts that it’s lubricating as well!
For icy steps and sidewalks in freezing temperatures, mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways. They won’t refreeze. No more salt eating at the concrete in your sidewalks!
Squirt Dawn down the middle of the pool and all of the dirt, suntan lotion, etc. will move to the edges of the pool for easy clean up!
Simply rub a small drop of Dawn on eyeglass lenses, and wipe clean. It will leave a very thin film that will prevent them from fogging up!
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