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Dawn dish soap is clearly one of the most effective and powerful dish-cleaning soaps ever witnessed by man! It’s extremely gentle on the skin and does not cause any irritation and/or dryness. Plus, it has a great smell. But these alone are not the reasons which make Dawn the bestselling dish-washing soap in the market.
The actual reason why people fall for Dawn is its unmatchable versatility and unbeatable quality.
After reading this article a sense of awe will “dawn” upon you, and your relationship with this classic dishwashing soap will never be the same again (because that is exactly what happened to me).
Here are 31 Clever Uses of Dawn Dish Soap:
1. De-Grease Your Tools
Dawn works like magic when it comes to de-greasing those dirty and oily tools. All you need is a tub of warm water and a tablespoon of Dawn. Dip your tools in this solution for around 10-15 minutes. Now, use a scrub sponge to clean it thoroughly and then dry it out with an old rag (this will protect it from catching rust).
Tip: Even after drying it well, there is a chance that your tools may become rusty. So after drying them out with a rug, leave them out for a sunbath. This will eliminate all the chances of rusting.
2. Homemade Ice Pack
Instead of buying an ice pack, you could try this out. Fill a ziplock bag about half-full with Dawn and add a little water (not too much). Now, get rid of any extra air and freeze it. Voila!
But can’t I just freeze some water? You surely can do that, but adding dish soap to it is a better option because it won’t freeze completely. This will make your ice pack pliable and joint-friendly.
3. DIY Carpet Cleaner
Let me be straight here, a good-looking carpet never comes cheap. Food spilling, kids doing crazy things, pet mishaps and the list goes on, what do you do about these stains?
Spend money on expensive carpet cleaners? Nope, just grab a spray bottle add hydrogen peroxide, and good old Dawn in a ratio of 2:1. Spray this mixture directly on the stain, and rub it off with a dry rag.
Tip: After you are done with cleaning using the prescribed mixture, just spray some plain water to get rid of the soap mixture from the carpet.
4. DIY Insect Repellent
Let’s be honest, none of us like to share our home with these creepy little creatures aka insects. Apart from making our homes look ugly, they can also cause problems for kids and pets. But don’t worry, there is an easy solution to stay safe from them.
Just grab the same spray bottle from (a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and Dawn) and spray it around all those places where insects are to be seen. Now, wave goodbye to all of the insects, as they will never be around again. The best thing is it’s completely safe for your pets or children.
5. Grill Cleaner
We all know that Dawn is ultra-effective when it comes to getting rid of oil and grease. So why not clean your oily and otherwise difficult barbecue grill with the help of it? All you have to do is to fill a bucket with some hot water and add 2 tablespoons of Dawn to it.
Leave it there for 15 minutes, scrub it for a while and rinse. All the dirt and grime will be gone forever this easy.
6. Hair Product Build-up
Once every month (twice if you use hair products quite heavily), instead of using your usual shampoo, use Dawn. This will help you in getting rid of all that chemical build-up in your hair which is caused by a variety of hair styling products.
7. Crystal Clear Windows
It might seem very difficult to wash the windows and get that same clean look when they were brand new. But with the help of this simple hack, you can make your windows look professionally cleaned.
Grab a spray bottle, fill it with water and 3-4 drops of Dawn, and shake a little. Now that’s all that you need, just use it as your usual window cleaner and clean the windows. Now you never have to waste a single penny on a window cleaner again.
8. Clog-free Toilet
Thanks to its anti-greasing properties, Dawn works magically when it comes to unclogging a toilet as it cuts off all the unnecessary clutter from the drain pipe.
All that you need to do is to pour a cup full of Dawn into the toilet bowl and let it stay there for about half an hour. Then just pour a bucket full of hot water into the toilet bowl and you are good to go.
9. Eyeglass Cleaner
If you wear glasses then Dawn is a boon for you. You can use this simple hack to keep your glasses clean and fog-free. Take a small spray bottle, fill it half with water and a half with rubbing alcohol, add a drop of Dawn, and shake it well.
Now spray it on the lenses and clean it gently with the help of a micro-fiber cloth.
10. Homemade Flea Treatment
Fleas can cause some havoc for not only your dog but you as well. The medicines used to treat fleas can be expensive and pretty harsh for your dog’s fur and skin.
You can try this instead—add one and half a cup of dawn in a bathtub full of warm water. Give your dog a nice scrub from top to toe, and let it get completely soaked into its fur. This will kill almost all the flea and will be safe for your pet.
Tip– Comb their hair (only) after they are naturally dry, this will prevent hair fall.
11. Perfect Manicure
A beautifully done professional manicure feels so amazing and makes you look so neat, but going through it can be time taking and not quite pocket-friendly.
Take a bowl and fill it with some warm water, add a few drops of dawn dish soap and soak your hands for a few minutes. This will make your hands feel soft and oil-free, which will make your fingernails look superb.
12. Car Wash Miracle
Dawn works like magic when it comes to cleaning a car. Take a bucket full of water and add 1-2 tablespoons of dawn to it, with the help of a sponge, scrub your dream machine a little. Once you are done, pour some plain water to rinse the soapy solution away.
You will never waste your money on an expensive car wash again, that’s for sure!
13. Get Rid of Oily Skin
When you are out partying, does your face shine brighter than the disco lights? Don’t you worry pal, just grab your good old Dawn and wash your face with 1-2 drops of it. Rinse your face properly. Be carefree as Dawn is safe for your skin and is the worst enemy of oil and dirt.
The time has come for you (not your face) to shine bright.
14. Demolish Garden Pests
You have invested so much time and effort in creating that beautiful garden at your place, but then those aphids, spider mites, and other uninvited pests invade your paradise.
Grab a spray bottle, fill it up with water and add 1-2 drops of dawn into it, shake it well. Spray this on the plants from top to bottom and in the evening, rinse it off with plain water.
Repeat this process for a few days, and get rid of those notorious invaders.
15. Comb and Brush Cleaner
Using a comb/brush which is containing old hair, hair product buildup, or dirt can be pretty unhealthy for your hair and lose its efficiency. Cleaning it bi-weekly is pretty necessary for the health and hygiene of your hair and scalp.
You can use this simple hack. Fill a bucket with warm water and add a little borax and a few drops of Dawn to it. Leave your comb and hairbrushes there for an hour or so. Then rinse it with plain water and that’s about it.
Related: 30 Genius Borax Cleaning Hacks for Your Home
16. Clean Driveway
You can use Dawn to clean those nasty oil stains from your driveway. Pour some Dawn upon the stain directly and wait for a few minutes. Now scrub the stain with a brush to a point where you will be able to see the oil coming off quite clearly. Then rinse the soap away using some warm water.
If necessary you can repeat the process, until the stains are willing to surrender completely and leave their (or rather your) ground.
17. Puncture Detector
If you feel that one of the tires of your vehicle is punctured due to a tiny and hard to detect hole. You can use Dawn to detect the leakage quite easily.
Mix some Dawn with water and with the help of a brush cover the tire with this mixture. If you witness bubbles coming out from a specific point on the surface of your tire, this is where the puncture is.
Now that you have detected the leakage area, you can treat it pretty easily.
18. Super Effective Lubricant
Do you hate squeaky doors and windows as much as I do? I use Dawn to deal with this irritating issue. Pour a drop or two of dawn on the hinges of that irksome door or window, sit back, and relax. Not only will Dawn take care of those ear-splitting noises but will also clean up those hinges, isn’t that quite a deal?
19. Plastic Pool Cleaner
Never use bleach or other similar chemical-based cleaners to clean your child’s plastic pool, because this will weaken and dry the plastic of the pool, due to which it will lose its durability. Instead, you can use Dawn to cleanse it, which is safe for the plastic of the pool.
This will save you quite a few dollars as you would neither need to buy bleach nor a new kiddie pool pretty soon.
20. Soothing Poison Ivy Blisters
If you or your loved ones come in contact with the leaves of Poison Ivy, blisters and rashes will appear which can last for weeks, and the oil within the blisters can spread further to other areas of the skin if not treated immediately.
You can use Dawn to cleanse the blisters and rashes (Dawn’s oil fighting capacities are well documented). Just wash the affected area with Dawn, as it will prevent it from spreading further by drying the blisters.
21. Removing Paint from Hands
Do you love investing your time painting but hate spending hours cleaning your hands after finishing your masterpieces? Simply apply some Dawn on your hands and arms before you start painting (of course let it dry first).
This will make cleaning paint stains from your hands and arms a child’s play. The best thing is Dawn is skin-friendly and will not cause any irritation.
22. Removing Stickers and Labels
Getting rid of those stubborn stickers and labels from the surface of a bottle, a container or any other surface is not as simple as it might seem (the worst part being the irritating residue). Dawn works quite magically even in this situation.
All you have to do is to smear some Dawn on the sticker or the label and forget about it for a while. Then just peel it off like a boss with no residues to annoy you.
23. Fridge Cleaner
Cleaning a refrigerator inside out is extremely necessary as food should always be stored in hygienic places to avoid long-term health consequences. Dawn can work extremely well on both interiors as well as the exteriors of your fridge.
Take a spray bottle, fill it up with some water and add 1-2 drops of Dawn, shake it well. Now spray this mixture on the surface and scrub it thoroughly with a sponge. Give a final wipe with a clean, damp cloth.
Your fridge will surely look cleaner than ever before.
24. Cleaning the Garbage Can
The garbage bin is one of the most germ-ridden and foul-smelling things on the planet. This makes it even more important to clean it up on a timely basis. Thankfully, Dawn will take care of the sticky and slimy residue from the garbage and will quite successfully get rid of those foul smells.
All you need to do is simply empty up the garbage bin, pour a few drops of dawn into it. Now pour a mug full of warm water over it. Let it stay there for half an hour or so, then rinse it well with some water.
25. Water Stain Removal
Whether it’s the glass partition in your shower, taps, or the mirror in your washroom, water stains spare none. But you must realize that Dawn is much more powerful and it for sure will not spare those stubborn water stains.
Grab a spray bottle, add one part Dawn dish soap with one part white vinegar, shake it well. Spray this solution upon those nasty water stains, and rub it well with a rag or soft sponge, then simply rinse it with some water.
26. Cleaning the Garage Door
By now you must have realized that there is no need to worry about any oily and/or greasy surface because you have got Dawn by your side. If your garage door has turned grimy and awful looking, simply grab that spray bottle with the mixture of dawn and vinegar, and spray it all around that grungy garage door and rub it with a hard sponge.
Now rinse the mixture off with a hose, and witness the oil-fighting properties of Dawn.
27. Cleaning Floor Tile Grout
Cleaning up the floor tile grout is not as easy as it might sound. I hated it before I started using Dawn for this task.
All you have to do is to fill up a spray bottle with some Dawn and heated white vinegar equally, shake it well and spray it upon your tiles and leave it to settle down for a few minutes.
Then scrub it for a while which will eventually remove all the grime away, finally rinse the solution off using some water. Wasn’t that easy?
28. Food Stain Remover
Nothing is worse than ruining your brand new clothes by spilling food or drinks on them (all of us have been there). Never panic again! Just mix 2 teaspoons of white vinegar with 2 teaspoons of Dawn and four pints of water, use this solution as pre-wash. Simply rinse it off before you wash the cloth. This works like a miracle!
29. Removing Chewing Gum From Hair
I wish that no one ends up being in this miserable situation where some chewing gum gets stuck to their hair, leading to an unplanned haircut and lots of tension in the atmosphere. But that haircut can easily be avoided, all you need is Dawn which is well known for its grease-cutting properties and is safe for your hair.
Just massage some Dawn into that nasty piece of gum for a while, it will start disintegrating eventually and will come off.
30. Homemade Dawn Bubbles
When I was a child I loved playing with bubbles, actually who didn’t? You must try this out as both you and your young ones would love this.
Take one cup of Dawn and mix it with five cups of water but stir it slowly while pouring it in, this will make sure that foam doesn’t come up. Add some glycerin to the mixture and stir it well and you are ready to go. Have a great afternoon with your kids.
31. Cleaning Make-up Sponge
With this simple hack, you can very easily clean your make-up sponge. All you have to do is to take 2 cups of warm water and add a few drops of Dawn into it. Now soak your makeup sponge into this solution for an hour or so and rinse it well.
Repeat this process until they are completely clean.
Tip: Make sure that the sponge is perfectly dry, otherwise it can be invaded by molds or other types of fungus.
Isn’t it amazing that Dawn, a classic dishwashing soap, is so multi-purpose? After discovering these incredible uses of Dawn I have saved so much time, effort, and money and I am sure you too will experience this.
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