Given the versatility of this common household cleaning product, it's like the duct tape of the kitchen.
Liz Trotter, owner of American Maid Cleaning in Olympia, Washington, recommends using dishwashing liquid for everything from removing soap scum in showers to cleaning barbecue grates.
“We use Dawn dishwashing soap because of it’s superior grease-cutting properties,” Trotter says “[It’s] so versatile.” She and other experts also recommend employing the ubiquitious brand of dishwashing liquid to handle these 11 off-plate jobs:
Floors, windows, mirrors, counters, inside the oven, on the stove top — a little dish soap in a bucket of water goes a long way on any of these surfaces.
Wash immediately with water and dish soap any area of your body that came into contact with one of nature’s most annoying flora to remove the plant’s oil, called urushiol, and prevent a rash.
“Any area that is vinyl or rubber,” Trotter says. “Sometimes it is the tread or decoration, or soles.”
You’ll see a significant difference with white parts of shoes, she adds, but any color can benefit from the sudsy scrubbing.
You’re already cleaning your shoes. See to it your dogs feel better as well by putting them in a bucket with water and dishwashing liquid.
Shampoo your pooch’s coat with Dawn to kill fleas, rinsing the dog thoroughly to avoid skin irritation from the dish soap.
Eliminate fleas in the carpet, upholstery and elsewhere around the house using a tablespoon of dish soap. Mix thoroughly with water in a 16-ounce spray bottle to shoot them dead.
Soften your cuticles by putting your fingers in dish soap to remove oils, making it easier to polish nails.
You use it for cleanup after you fix a meal. The same goes for tidying up after you fix your car.
Put lots of dish soap on the spot, clean with a scrub brush — you’ll need to put some muscle into it — and then hose down the area.
“The quicker applied, the better the results,” says Susan Webb, who heads cleaning company Executive Home Services in Carmel, Indiana. Rub the soap directly into that grease-marked shirt before tossing it in the washer.
Too dark? Wash with a little dish soap to lighten the color; just don’t overdo it.
Trotter says she washed her own hair twice with Dawn, hoping to take advantage of grease-cutting properties, and won’t do it again. “Both times resulted in very dried-out hair that was tough to bring back to a nice condition,” she says.
See better by cleaning your glasses with a drop of dish soap.
Like fleas, you can successfully exterminate some soft-bodied bugs like aphids, white flies and spider mites with a dish soap and water solution.
However, experts counter the common suggestion to spritz household greenery or garden growth with soap solutions to keep bugs away. “There is increased risk of plant injury with these products,” cautions the Colorado State University Extension on its website. “They are not designed for use on plants.”
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Author: This article was written by Michael Schroeder, Angie’s List