Monday, May 6, 2013

The Many Uses of Dawn Dish Soap

Photo courtesy of http://www.dawn-dish.com/us/dawn/

I've said it before and I'll say it again - I'm a cheap mommy.  I need stuff to get clean and I need it to be done without breaking my bank.  Beyond that, I really don't like the idea of having lots of harsh chemicals in my home.  I've got four little ones, after all, and they are all VERY curious.  Let's just say that there have been several calls made to poison control in the past few years, and several gray hairs added to my head as a result.

So, I decided to start trying to make my own homemade cleaners.  I still use some commercial formulations (Melaleuca being my absolute favorite), but making some of my own has definitely cut down on costs.  I use the usual suspects - baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and of course, Dawn dish soap  - in almost every recipe.  And it got me thinking.  I use this stuff a LOT, and thought I'd share all the different uses I have for them.  We'll start with Dawn.

Ah, that blue bottle of amazingness :)  (No, I'm not being paid to say that, either.  This is totally from my personal experience.  Though, Proctor and Gamble is MORE than welcome to pay me if they want to ;P)  Here goes:

#1: Getting Desitin out of hair



This is my oldest daughter when she was about 2 1/2 years old.  She found the tube of Desitin and decided it would be great to smear all over herself - AND her bed - AND the walls.  Apparently, she thought she could "shave" like daddy.  I bust out laughing when I walked in and saw her like this.  I promptly stopped laughing when I tried to wash her hair with regular shampoo and it. would. not. come. out.  She looked like she had gray hair all day until daddy got home and asked "Did you try dish soap?"  Uh, no, no I didn't.  It hadn't even occurred to me.  But it made sense.  They use it all the time to clean up animals who get stuck in oil spills.  So, we tried it and it got it all out :D


#2: Shower cleaner

I love the website One Good Thing by Jillee.  She has some amazing DIY cleaning solutions, and she will be listed in a lot of these ideas.  I found this shower cleaning solution on her site and I actually prefer it to the store-bought solutions I've tried.  I feel like my shower is cleaner and I like that there are no caustic ingredients.  Just a cup of hot vinegar (I use my Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave for about 2 minutes) and a cup of Dawn dish soap.  Really, it's just a 1:1 ratio, so you could do as much or as little as you wanted to.  Pour the Dawn into a spray bottle first (either measure and pour with a funnel or eyeball it.  I eyeball it), then pour the hot vinegar on top and swirl the bottle around to mix together.  Don't shake it!  It forms a gel that sticks wherever you spray it, and it lasts.  You can make it and leave it in your cleaning arsenal until it's all gone.  Keep in mind that you don't have to use a ton because as you scrub, it will lather up and get a lot of bubbles.  I may or may not have used a ridiculous amount the first time and spent 10 minutes just trying to rinse out the sponge at the end ;P

#3: Toilet bowl cleaner

See recipe above.  I just spray some in the toilet bowl when I clean the shower, let it sit for a few minutes while I clean the rest of the bathroom, then scrub a bit with the toilet brush and flush.  Love it!  Because it sticks, you can squirt it under the rim with a squeeze bottle used for condiments or candy making.  (Got the idea from here.  Brilliant!!)

#4: Magic Stain Remover

Again, One Good Thing by Jillee had this recipe for getting rid of yellow armpit stains on white tshirts. First, you need to know that yellow armpit stains do not mean you are disgusting and dirty - as my sister would have had me believe my entire adolescence.  It is actually caused by deodorant/antiperspirant buildup.  Jillee mixes up the paste and applies it with a scrub brush on the stains.  Let me just say that it worked VERY well!  I've also used it on yellow spit-up stains and a really nasty kid's chair cover.  Just be careful that if you use it more than once and let it sit for a really long time each time, like I did on the chair cover, the hydrogen peroxide will lighten the fabric slightly.  This also works on grease stains - even after they've been through the dryer.  It saved a pair of my pants from the scrap pile :)

#5: Liquid laundry detergent

Jillee has a concentrated and an unconcentrated recipe (I've tried the latter), and even has a tip on how to scent it.  I've not tried it yet, though.

#6: DIY foaming dish soap

Put about an inch of Dawn dish soap in the bottom of a foaming soap dispenser and fill to the top with water.  Swirl to mix.  I just reused the Dawn foaming container I had originally bought, but I think you can buy them by themselves.  Just not sure where.

So, there are 6 ways I use Dawn dish soap - wow, it sounds like a Jillee fan club newsletter ;P  Well, if it works, it works.  Right??  Hope these can help you out a bit :)










**08/13/13 - Ashlen commented below : "The blue Dawn can be used for getting rid of fleas on dogs too. Just the blue stuff though. If you do a Dawn bath every week or week and a half, you can stop using those nasty chemicals that cost way too much. Also, Dawn is really good for getting blood stains or other tough to clean stains out of clothing." 

I'll have to try that :D

4 comments:

  1. The blue Dawn can be used for getting rid of fleas on dogs too. Just the blue stuff though. If you do a Dawn bath every week or week and a half, you can stop using those nasty chemicals that cost way too much. Also, Dawn is really good for getting blood stains or other tough to clean stains out of clothing.

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  2. Awesome!! I'll add that in, thanks :D

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  3. Where can I buy the blue Dawn liquid soap from I have been trying to find it. Thanks Deb

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  4. You should be able to find it at Walmart or Target, etc. Although, I did not find it at Kroger the last time I was there. The generic works, too :)

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