11 DIY Tips with Dawn Dish Soap

11 DIY Tips with Dawn Dish Soap

11 DIY Tips with Dawn Dish Soap

Being able to use products you already have around the house for other uses saves time and money. I’m sure a lot of you have some of that original blue Dawn dish soap in your home. Use it for more than just your dishes. It’s like a little bottle of magic and offer so many other uses that many people don’t even know about.

Here’s some great uses by category!


1. Use the soap as shampoo. You can even use it daily if you want. The dish soap removes oil from your hair and shampoo buildup. Your hair will look vibrant by washing your tresses once a week while keeping your scalp clean.

2. Before a manicure, soak your fingers in the dish soap. Your cuticles will soften and you can easily (and safely) push them up before adding polish.

For Pets:

3. Skip the toxic flea products on the market, and instead give your pet a bath in this classic blue soap. It’s safe and will wash away those nasty fleas. Did your pet bring fleas in the house? Don’t panic! Sheets, clothing, and other washable items can be ran through the washing machine with a little bit of dawn. Fleas HATE the stuff, and will be gone in one wash.

4. Does your pet have a tick? You can safely remove the pesky critter by placing a drop of Dawn over the tick. After the tick is removed, wash your pup in the soap like you would if he had fleas, and drown the tick in the soap so you know he is good and dead. I normally like to flush ticks down the toilet just to be sure.

Around the House:

5. It didn’t matter what I used on my windows, I would still have streaks. Now I put a little bit of Dawn in a spray bottle with some water, spray my windows, and wipe with newspaper. No streaks!

6. You may find this hard to believe, but a cup of this magic liquid can unclog a toilet. Add one cup to your toilet bowl and let it sit for 15 minutes, then add in a bucket of hot water poured from the waist in height to clear the clog.

7. Two drops of this soap in a bucket of hot water is all you need to mop with.

8. Have greasy tools sitting around the house? Let them soak overnight in a bucket of warm water with a few drops of Dawn. Rinse them in the morning and the grease will be gone.

9. This magic soap works as a stain pre-treater to lift oil based stains right out. Add this soap to lipstick stains, grease, butter, and more. Let it sit and then say bye bye to grease stains.

10. In the past, when an injury happened I would add cubes of ice to a sandwich bag. Now I keep a sandwich bag of Dawn in my freezer on the shelf. It doesn’t melt like ice does and I can use it over and over again.

11. Living in the country, we spend a lot of money each year on poison ivy medicine. My doctor told me to stop buying the $70 over the counter stuff, and instead wash the affected area with blue original Dawn. It dries it up, and keeps it from spreading.

Do you know any other magic uses for Dawn dish soap? Share them below in the comments!

Melanie Kampman

Melanie Kampman is a web designer, developer and owner of Giveaway Bandit and Farm News for Kids. She lives in Northwest Missouri on a large family farm with her husband and eight year old son, the Giveaway Bandit. They raise cattle with a variety of pets including horses, chickens, ducks, and a slew of cats. By Melanie Kampman If you are interested in writing a sponsored post on Giveaway Bandit please email me at melanie (at) giveawaybandit (dot) com.

  1. I will definitely try this for things around the house.. would never have thought of using it on my windows

  2. I put a bit of dawn in with water in a spray bottle and spray it directly on my outdoor plants with bugs like aphids on them. Works like a charm and doesn’t use all of those harsh chems!

  3. I already had a few uses for Dawn but I had no idea there were so many more. Thanks for the information.

  4. I love the idea of putting Dawn in a freezer bag and using this as an re-usable ice pack. I am going to be trying this in my classroom.

  5. Great tips! I already use Original Dawn for a few things but had no clue it could do so much more.

  6. Thank you so much for these tips. I wonder if it would unclog a sink. I do use it to wash my glasses, it takes out the oil and sweat so I can see through my glasses,

  7. I didn’t know you could use this for so many awesome other things, gonna try a few of the around the house one.

  8. Thanks for sharing the different uses of Dawn liquid soap. It is the only liquid soap that we use in my house because it cuts the grease more than the others do.

  9. I didn’t know you could use Dawn pin poison ivy! I like to use a little in my floor cleaning solution.

  10. I use Dawn for everything! But being it cuts grease so well, I didn’t know it was safe for my dog. But I love it for cleaning!

  11. Well, I didn’t know about using Dawn instead of a shampoo, I think I would be worried about it stripping the color off though. I will try using this on the puppy dog. I didn’t know it repelled fleas. Thanks for all the tips.

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