Dish soap probably doesn’t play a prominent role in your house unless you’re doing dishes, but it could. You can use it for so many other things that have nothing to do with silverware or glasses. You may have already heard of some, but I’ll bet there’re a few uses that will surprise you.
① Don’t let Grease Ruin your Clothing
It makes sense that since dish soap takes grease off pans and plates it should do a number on the grease that stains fabric, and it does. To maximize the benefit, you need to use an old toothbrush.
First, put a few drops on the grease stain then rub it in thoroughly with the toothbrush. All you need to do is wash it in warm water when you’re done. It works almost every time. If you have grass stains, try the same trick but mix the dish soap with hydrogen peroxide.
② Homemade Ice Pack
Stop the swelling and pain with a dish soap ice pack. Dish soap doesn’t freeze completely, just gets a little mushy, like a Slushee and that makes pliable enough to wrap around bends and curves on arms legs and heads for the perfect ice pack.
③ Trap and Kill Fruit Flies
Fruit flies and gnats don’t have a chance against dish soap. You can make your own trap for these pests by pouring some with a fruit scent into a small container, adding just about an inch of water and covering the container with plastic wrap. You’ll need to poke holes in the wrap.
Fruit flies dive in both they can’t get out because the soap gets on their wings. To catch gnats, put some dish soap, a little water, and apple cider vinegar in a dish. The apple cider vinegar lures them in, and soap breaks the water’s surface tension and water drown them.
④ Shine Up Your Jewelry
Polish your jewelry with dish soap and seltzer or club soda. Mix the two together and soak your jewelry for five to ten minutes,agitating it periodically to create suds. Scrub with a soft toothbrush—maybe the one you used for the grease stain—rinse with cool water and allow the jewelry to dry.
⑤ Lubricate a Screw
Make it easier to put in a screw. When you add just a bit of dish soap to the tip of a screw, it goes into the wood far easier than it would otherwise.
⑥ Get Rid of Stains on Upholstery
Remove stains with dish soap made deluxe. You can create a great spot cleaner with just dish soap and water. Add equal parts of dish soap to water, whip it to a frothy mixture with an electric mixer and then use that as a spot cleaner for upholstery stains.
⑦ De-Fog Glass
Keep the bathroom mirror from fogging up with dish soap. You can use this for any mirror or window and it almost magically prevents fogging. Put the dish soap on a dry cloth and work it into the mirror or glass until it disappears. You’ll prevent fogging in the future.
⑧ Grimey Patio Furniture
Get your patio furniture ready for summer guests. Just a little dish soap and some water can clean away any built up grime and dirt on patio furniture.
⑨ De-Skunk a Pet
Take the skunk smell out of Rovers fur. Any animal that tangles with a skunk gets the bad end of the deal. You don’t have to make Rover stay outside until he sheds the hair that the skunk sprayed when you combine a half cup of baking soda with a quart of hydrogen peroxide and two teaspoons of dish soap. Shampoo Rover with this mixture and he’ll be smelling house worthy immediately.
⑩ Kill Poison Ivy
Create a poison ivy pesticide with dish soap. Put on your rubber gloves and get a sponge that has dish soap on it. Wipe the leaves of the poison ivy plant with the sponge and it won’t take long before the poison ivy dies.
⑪ Get the oil off the driveway
You don’t need fancy products that cost a fortune to remove oil stains on concrete, you just need some baking soda, dish soap and a non-metal scrub brush.
Sprinkle the baking soda over the area then put dish soap on top and scrub it for a few minutes. Allow the mixture to work it’s magic for a few hours while you have a cool drink or watch television. Rinse off after a few hours and repeat if necessary.
⑫ Remove Red Wine Stains
Red wine stains are tough, but not as tough as dish and hydrogen peroxide. Add a teaspoon of dish soap to a cup of peroxide and then fill a sponge with the mixture. Hold the sponge over the stain and allow it to drizzle down on it. Give it a few minutes to work and rinse with cold water.
⑬ Keep Spiders and Ants at Bay
Mix some dish soap with water and spray it around doors to keep pests away. If you don’t like bugs, spiders or ants, this handy spray around doorways, windows and vents will keep them from entering.
⑭ Laundry Detergent in a Pinch
If you run out of laundry soap it’s dish soap to the rescue. Mixing just a few drops of dish soap with two cups of water can create enough cleaning power to act as a laundry soap substitute. This is a great substitute for an emergency or when you’ve run out of money before you’ve run out of days to your next pay day.
⑮ Homemade Bubbles
I’m forever blowing bubbles. It never fails to happen. You buy a jar of bubble liquid for your child and they spill it or use it all. Fill the empty jar with some water and add some dish soap. Shake it and it’s ready for more fun.