Six Things to do With Dawn Dishwashing Liquid (besides wash dishes)

dawn-logodawn-bottleOne of my favorite things is repurposing household products. I love to find new uses for stuff I have laying around or discover multiple uses for something that I have an abundance of.

Enter Dawn dishwashing liquid—the original blue soap. I seem to be in the habit of picking up a bottle every time I’m at the grocery store, just in case I’m out. Guess what? I’m never out. In fact, I have enough to do both my, your and my neighborhood’s dishes.

That’s why I’m relieved that I discovered other uses for this multi-purpose dish soap. Here are some of my faves.

bubble1. Bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles. According to, Dawn dishwashing liquid makes great homemade bubbles. Here is the Giant Bubble Recipe used in bubble makers at many children’s museums:

1/2 cup Ultra Dawn
1/2 gallon warm water
1 tablespoon glycerin (available at any drug store) OR White Karo syrup

Stir gently. Skim the foam off the top of the solution (too much foam breaks down the bubbles). Dip your bubble wand and get ready for some good clean fun.

2. Cleans greasy hair and gets rid of product buildup. Kids get into the darndest things—like Vaseline and baby oil. Dawn is mild enough to use on their hair, but it will totally remove the grease. I’m sort of a hair product junkie, too, and it’s great for stripping out the hair spray and mousse buildup. Use it once a month, and your hair will stay buildup-free.

3. At-home manicures. I know it sounds weird, but if you soak your fingers in full-strength blue Dawn, it’ll soften your cuticles and make them easy to work with. Plus, it removes the natural oil from your fingernails, which allows polish to adhere well.

4. Clean windows. Make your glass sparkle with this recipe from Merry Maids: Mix 3 drops of Dawn in 1 gallon of water and fill a spray bottle with the solution. Spritz and wipe your windows as you would with any window cleaner.

dog-bath5. Treats pets and eliminates pests. Bathe your dogs with Dawn and it’ll kill fleas on contact, plus it’s much cheaper than expensive dog shampoos. If you have unwanted guests, try spraying your counter tops, cupboards and any other area where you see ants with a solution of Dawn and water. Wipe dry. The slight residue of Dawn that remains will not be a problem at all for kids or pets, but ants hate it.

6. Make a reusable icepack. Partially fill a strong zip-closure plastic bag with Dawn dishwashing liquid, close and freeze. The liquid soap stays cold much longer and it can be re-frozen many times. The best part: It will conform to the place you need to ice, which is awesome for injured ankles and swollen knees.

Any other uses that you’ve discovered?


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