Alternative uses for Dawn dishwashing liquid
Frugal consumers are big fans of multipurpose products. Baking soda and vinegar top the list of thrifty household staples. I’ve shared tips for many other versatile products, such as baby oil, witch hazel, cornstarch, Borax, dryer sheets, and Fels-naptha, to name a few. Sometimes specific brands have more flexibility to perform a variety of tasks. One example is original blue Dawn dishwashing liquid. Its grease-cutting properties make it useful for more than just dishes.
Here are a few ways to use it around your home.
Clean windows inside and outside with this recipe.
2 cups rubbing alcohol (70 percent isopropyl)
1/2 cup ammonia
1 teaspoon Dawn dishwashing liquid
Top off with water until you have 1 gallon of window cleaner
Mix and pour into your bottles.
Use a scrubber and squeegee if windows are really dirty.
GEL ICE PACK:
This is great for small bumps or bruises. You’ll need two zip-enclosure freezer bags and some Dawn dishwashing liquid. Partially fill one bag, seal it, and encase it in a second freezer bag. Place it in the freezer. Wrap it with a cloth before applying it to the skin. It’s more pliable than a hard ice pack and can conform into whatever position you need it. It’s reusable, too.
HOMEMADE LAUNDRY PRE-TREATER:
Apply full strength on grease stains on clothing. Then launder as usual. One reader, Polly from Pennsylvania, adds: “I make my own laundry pretreater that gets grease out every time. In a clear spray bottle, add some Dawn dishwashing liquid. Then fill the rest of the way up with water, leaving a bit of room to shake the bottle for proper mixing. Spray on stains. This stuff is great and gets out food stains, too!”
IN THE BATHROOM:
In a spray bottle, mix Dawn dishwashing liquid and vinegar. Spray your tub, sink, vanity counter, tub/shower surround or bath tiles to remove any build-up. Rinse off. For more stubborn soap scum, use Dawn dishwashing liquid full strength and a 3M green Scotchbrite pad to scrub. Add a couple of squirts in a tub of warm water to soak and scrub clean your shower curtain liner, too.
DESKUNK A PET:
Combine 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup baking soda, two teaspoons Dawn dishwashing liquid. Wet your pet’s fur and lather the mixture like shampoo. Leave the mixture on for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse. Another reader, Moor, from Ohio, shares: “When I bathe my dogs, I alternate between regular Dawn dishwashing liquid and their regular pet shampoo. I let the Dawn set for 5 minutes, just like I would a flea shampoo. I have been doing this for years and never have any problems with fleas!”
According to Bubbles.org, Dawn dishwashing liquid makes great homemade bubbles for kids. You simply use Dawn, glycerin or Karo syrup and water. Visit bubbles.org/html/solutions/formulae.htm for the recipes.
CLEAN GRANITE COUNTERTOPS:
Use a microfiber cloth and warm water or Dawn dish washing liquid mixed with warm water on a sponge or dishcloth. Rinse the cloth with water, wring it out, and wipe the counters. Then dry with a soft cotton/flannel cloth. Don’t use excessive soap, or you’ll get buildup. Wipe up spills as soon as possible, too. Use your recommended granite cleaner and alternate for occasional cleaning to keep the cost down.
The bottles can be reused, too. Visit www.frugalvillage.com/2009/04/24/reuse-dish-soap-bottles for creative ways to reuse them.