As the name hints to, dish soap is mainly used to clean dishes. But I think it’s time we break dish soap out of that box we’ve unfairly put it in. There are so many other handy cleaning uses that dish soap can accomplish around the house. Whether you’re looking to get rid of tough stains, shine your jewelry, or get rid of pests, dish soap is your miracle household elixir! Don’t believe us? Check out these 17 unexpected ways to use dish soap.
1. Laundry Detergent in a Pinch
2. Homemade Bubbles
A fun craft for the kids, especially as the weather gets nicer! To make some fun, homemade bubbles that the kids can enjoy out in the yard, add a few drops of dish soap to a plastic water bottle, shake it a little bit, and then blow some bubbles.
3. Remove Red Wine Stains
4. Kill Fleas
Depending on where you live, fleas can be rampant. And your poor pets are usually the first victims. Instead of spending money on expensive flea prevention products, try some lemon-scented dish soap when you bathe your dog. Groomer approved homemade flea repellent!
5. Eliminate Grease Stains
Remove grease stains from clothing, or any fabric, with this simple trick. Just put a drop or two of dish soap onto the stain and rub in with an old toothbrush. Then wash in warm water and the grease stain should be a thing of the past. A mixture of dish soap and hydrogen peroxide will also help rid your kids’ clothing of grass stains.
6. Homemade Ice Pack
7. Kill Poison Ivy
Nothing is as irritatingly itchy as poison ivy. Nix the itch before it can get to you with some dish soap. Simply swipe poison ivy leaves with some dish soap (wearing rubber gloves of course) and within a few days they should wither up and die.
8. Shine Up Your Jewelry
9. Trap and Kill Fruit Flies
If you’ve got a fruit fly problem in your kitchen (which can get so disgusting), just make a dish soap trap. Pour about an inch of fruity-smelling dish soap into an open container (Tupperware or Mason jars work well), then add another inch of water. Then cover the container with some plastic wrap and poke some holes in the wrap. Flies will be attracted to the smell and fly in, but won’t be able to fly out with the soap on their wings.
10. Get Rid of Stains on Upholstery
11. Grimy Patio Furniture
Spring is here, which means it’s time to bust out your patio furniture! But being in storage for a few months, those chairs and tables are probably pretty nasty looking. Add a squirt of dish soap to warm water and wipe away the dirt and grime on patio furniture.
12. De-Fog Glass
This is a miracle, especially for your car. If you want to prevent windows or mirrors from fogging up, just squirt some dish soap onto a clean, dry cloth and work it into the glass until soap disappears. No more squinting through foggy mirrors.
13. Lubricate a Screw
14. De-Skunk a Pet
Did your dog or cat get sprayed? Yuck, we feel for you. Here’s a quick fix. Mix together 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of dish soap. Then use this solution like shampoo on your pet. Try to let it sit on their fur for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. A less messy option than a bath of tomato sauce, for sure.
15. Keep Spiders and Ants at Bay
16. Oil Stains on Concrete
If you notice an oil stain in your garage or concrete patio don’t fret. Simply sprinkle baking soda over the stain, add some dish soap and scrub with a plastic or non-metallic brush. Let sit for a few hours and repeat until the stain is history.
17. Weed Prevention
Dreading the pain of weeding all season long? Reduce weeds with this little trick. Combine dish soap, salt and vinegar into a spray bottle. Spray on weeds that have been removed or spots where you know weeds will grow!
Do you use dish soap in a particularly creative way around the house? Share your ideas in the comments section below.