One of the most important ways we save cash in our house is by using what we already have on hand and getting creative. One of the most important skills we’ve learned as a frugal family is that by getting innovative and using what we already have stocked in our home we can solve common household problems we encounter on a daily basis without forking over a ton of cash. One of our biggest money savers and all around awesome products is stocking Dawn dish soap in our house. Yup, seriously. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times we’ve saved ourselves a trip to the store to buy some expensive product because we were able to create an effective substitute using Dawn.
Seriously guys, this stuff is awesome. Did you know that beyond being amazing for cleaning your dishes, Dawn original blue dish soap can be used in dozens of awesome ways to help take care of issues like pest control, grease stains and even be used to make ice packs?
Here are 17 amazing ways Dawn dish soap can be used
Pour about a half cup of Dawn into your toilet and let it sit for approximately 20 -30 minutes then pour down a good amount (3-4 L) of super hot water.
De-grease and pre-treat laundry stains
Apply a small amount of Dawn detergent to the stain. Rub the fabric together to evenly spread the soap and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Rinse and wash the article as you usually would.
Squirt approximately half a cup of Dawn into the center of the pool to remove excess oils from sunscreens and sun tan lotions. A film will form and spread to the outer edges of the pool for easy clean up.
Apply a small amount to your hair. Rinse and repeat as necessary. Dawn is awesome at removing hair product residue or sticky things stuck in your kiddos hair.
De-greaser for automotive parts or spills
Apply a small amount of Dawn to a spill and spread with a brush. Allow to soak for a few minutes and rinse off. To clean greasy tools soak items in a solution of 1/4 dawn and 3/4 hot water.
Make an ice pack
Pour some dawn into a zip lock and freeze! Easy peasy and cost effective ice pack.
Keep poison ivy from spreading
Take a shower with Dawn dish soap to prevent the oily blisters from leaking and spreading to unaffected areas of your body.
Tub and tile cleaner
Dawn and vinegar make an awesome soap scum remover. In a clean spray bottle pour in equal parts dawn and vinegar (we usually do 8 ounces of each). Shake well and spray on to tub, tiles or any other surface that needs a good cleaning. Works great!
Combine a small amount of dawn dish soap and water. (1 tbsp for 4L of water) and spray liberally on plants or areas where you want to repel insects.
Apply a small amount of Dawn dish soap diluted in water to eye glasses, windows or bathroom mirrors to prevent them from fogging up in the presence of steam.
Add 2-3 drops of dawn Dish soap to a spray bottle filled with 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup white vinegar. Spray and clean windows as you would with other window cleaners!
DIY Bubbles for kiddos
Combine 1/2 cup of white sugar with 4 cups warm water. Once sugar is completely dissolved and 1/2 cup Dawn dish soap! Let it sit for a few hours to maximize the size of the bubbles.
Dawn is awesome at de-greasing so adding a few drops to your home manicure soak makes your nails super clean and does and awesome job at softening cuticles.
Wash your pup with Dawn to kill ticks instantly!
Create a mixture of roughly 1 part dawn for every 4 parts water. Use a spray bottle to spray effected areas and ant trails to eradicate the problem.
Wash off paint and other sticky messes using dawn. Great for cleaning up paint splashes or spills on hardwood floors.
Put a few drops of Dawn on window tracks and door hinges to lubricate and get them gliding well.
What are your favorite ways to use Dawn dish soap?