Dawn is something that I keep on hand all of the time. One thing I love is if I can find double duty for something I have already.
I don’t like having to make a trip to the store for something, and I’d much rather find a home remedy or another use for something I actually already have.
From ant repellent to removing the skunk smell from an over-curious dog, There are so many amazing ways you can use blue Dawn dish soap besides just washing your dishes!
Dawn Dishwashing Liquid has so many uses that I couldn’t begin to list them all! I LOVE that they even found out this versatile product is used to save wildlife when there are oil spills, too!
12 Everyday Uses For Dawn Dishwashing Liquid
If you have any tips to share about other Dawn detergent uses for everyday items or things most of us have on hand right now, please leave those in the comments! Everyone loves a new tip, so don’t keep it to yourself! Share them with all of us!
Here are just 12 of the uses for Dawn detergent. Do you know others? If so, please share them in the comments!
1. Liquid Laundry Detergent:
Not only does Dawn soap make a great cleaner for greasy food stains there are many cleaning products you can replace with dawn dish detergent, including Laundry detergent.
- 1 bottle of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid
- 2 boxes of Baking Soda
- 5 gallons of clean water
Mix together well:
1 bottle of Dawn
2 boxes of Baking Soda
5 gallons water
There you have your own liquid laundry detergent for your washing machine.
For this bubble solution, mix 1 cup of corn syrup into 6 cups of water.
Add 2 2/3 cups Dawn.
Mix the mixture of dawn well without creating bubbles while mixing.
To make these homemade bubbles glow in the dark bubbles add 6 glow sticks.
All you need to make this better is a bubble wand.
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3. Carpet Cleaner:
All you have to do to clean your carpet in an easy yet effective way is to make this carpet cleaning mixture. The best part is you only need Dawn liquid soap, white vinegar, and water!
All you have to do is mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and 1 gallon of warm water.
That makes a great carpet cleaner.
4. Remove Skunk Smell From Dogs:
You have heard all your life, or not, that you need to soak a dog in tomato juice to get rid of the skunk scent sprayed on them. That may be true, but you can use Dawn and have much less of a mess n your hands.
All you need to do is soap your pup up with Dawn dishwashing liquid and rinse 2-3 times to get rid of the smell.
You might want to use a scented Dawn to help with this one. Side Note: Why do you never hear of cats getting “skunked”? Are they a bit smarter than dogs about skunks?
5. Cuticle Softener:
We’ve all been to the nail salon and had them soften our cuticles in that little bowl of liquid. It’s actually usually just a bit of shampoo and warm water they use to soften your cuticles to where they can push them back more easily.
So, you can do this at home with Dawn. Just mix a little bit of dawn dish soap in warm water and soak your fingertips in the soapy water. This will soften cuticles, so you push them back yourself and/or nip them.
6. DIY Ice Pack:
It’s always a good idea to have a few ice packs in the freezer, just in case, especially if you have kids (or a husband… ijs…)
Fill a plastic freezer bag (not all the way. Leave room for the mixture to freeze) with 2 parts Dawn and 1 part Rubbing Alcohol and freeze. It’s just that simple to make a homemade ice pack that can be frozen repeatedly.
7. Ant Repellent:
I live in Texas, and we have ants like no one’s business. But luckily, you can use Dawn to make an ant repellent.
Just mix a couple of drops of dawn dish soap with warm water in a spray bottle. Spray mixture on countertops and clean counters. The thin residue left on the counters repels any trail of ants.
8. Kid’s Wading Pool:
Kids love to swim in kiddie pools on hot days. But keeping it full means it gets grungy, and emptying it every time leaves yuck on it,. Luckily there’s a solution! You guessed it: The easy way is Dawn.
Scrub down the sides and bottom of a plastic wading pool with a scrub brush and Dawn to keep it clean and fresh. Any bubbles left when you fill the pool are a bonus!
Using other harsh chemicals can leave a residue that can be harmful to the pool and the children.
9. Laundry Pre-Treater:
Dawn was made to remove grease from your dishes. It does the same to oil-based or grease stains on your clothes, making it a great pre-treater.
Apply Dawn directly to stains, scrub the stains with a toothbrush, add to your laundry and wash as you normally would.
10. Eyeglass Lens Defogger:
You can also use Dawn dish soap to keep your eyeglasses from fogging up, too!
Place 1 drop of Dawn on your lenses, rub it in and then clean them off – there will be a fine coating left on your lenses that will keep them from fogging up.
11. Grill Cleaner:
Soak your grill racks overnight in Dawn mixed in a bucket of hot water, then finish the job with a wire brush. This is also a great way to clean other dirty tools.
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Pet Flea Killer:
Bathe your pets in Dawn to kill fleas. It’s much gentler than flea shampoo and works great for regular shampoo for dogs! Just let it sit on the skin for about 5 minutes and then rinse well.
Leaving any sort of shampoo or soap residue on your pet’s skin can cause itching, and flaking, so be sure to rinse thoroughly.
Do you know of other uses for Dawn Dishwashing Liquid? If so, please share in the comments below!