We all know that a little squirt of dish soap can get your dishes, glasses, and silverware sparkling clean. Perhaps you’ve even found a few of your own clever uses for this multi-purpose liquid, like home-made bubble solution. But if that’s it, the best is yet to come as dish soap has a multiple of practical uses for your everyday cleaning and other home maintenance needs.
Here are 10 such ways you start implementing right away.
- Add a few drops of dish soap to a bucket of water for an easy and inexpensive tile floor cleaner.
- Skip the pricey marble and granite cleaners and just give your counters a wash with a little warm water and dish soap.
- Pour equal parts dish soap and vinegar into a spray bottle and go to town on your bathroom. Spray it on your sink, toilet, and bathtub, wait 15 minutes before rinsing each surface clean.
- Take the squeaks out of doors by lubricating the hinges with a little bit of dish soap.
- Take grease stains out of clothing by rubbing a little dish soap on the stain and letting it sit overnight before tossing the garment in the washing machine.
- Prep your hands for a manicure by adding a drop of dish soap to a small bowl of warm water and soaking your hands in it. This mixture will remove oils from your nails and help the nail polish last longer.
- Went a little too dark on the at-home hair color? No problem. Just wash your hair with dish soap to lighten the color a shade or two.
- Mix a drop of dish soap and seltzer water in a small bowl and drop in your jewelry. Let it sit for 4-5 minutes, then swoosh it around with your finger. Pull the jewelry out, scrub with a soft toothbrush, and rinse it clean.
- Toss the chemical weed killer. Mix one gallon of white vinegar, one cup of salt, and a teaspoon of dish soap. Put the solution into a spray bottle and spray it on those pesky weeds.
- Trap annoying fruit flies by mixing 3 drops of dish soap into a bowl of white vinegar and leave it on your counter. The flies will be attracted to the vinegar, and the soap will keep them from flying away.
Have you discovered equally creative and effective uses for dish soap on your own? We’d love to hear about them. Send us your examples and we’ll consider them for publication in a future blog. In the meantime, be sure to let us know if you have a home plumbing or drain problem that could benefit from our professional assistance.