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Dish soap has become a must on all kitchens and households. Even families who own dishwashers will have a bottle of dish washing detergent around for when washing smaller loads of dishes or single items that don’t require the use of their dishwasher. But the cleaning power of dish soap extends further than just the sink or kitchen. Because the liquid is sort of mild (there gentler or harsher options), it's often a great choice over harsher or stronger chemicals (plus, we bet you've got an ever-ready stockpile of the stuff under your sink!).
If you want to really get the most from that bottle of dish soap, read along and find out about these 10 easy tips to hack the use of dish soap.
Erase sticky greasy stains on clothes. It’s happened to everyone after eating messy foods full of sauce. Some of it is bound to end up on your clothes. But don’t fret! Simply rub a little dish detergent into the grease stain and rinse with water (yes, this works great for removing rings around the collar, too). Why does it work? Well, the soap is gentle enough for spot-treating most fabrics — even washable wool and silk, which could be damaged by laundry detergent that has stain-fighting enzymes. So no matter the fabric, a little drop of detergent won’t harm your clothes.
Clean your kitchen and bathroom floors. Yucky, grimy or greasy kitchen floors and all out of All-Purpose Cleaner? Dish soap makes a great replacement. Dissolve a couple of drops of dish soap on a bucketful of warm water and that’s it! Use this easy-to-make solution on vinyl or tile flooring. Avoid hardwoods!! (the water could warp the boards)
Clean outdoors furniture. Add a squirt of dish detergent to a bowl of warm water, and use it to wipe down your outdoor tables and chairs. Then, rinse clean with the garden hose. Done!
Clean jewelry and leave it shiny! Get a couple of drops of liquid dish soap and mix it with seltzer. The bubbles in the seltzer combined with the gentle cleaning power of the dish soap help to lift off and clean stains, dirt, and grime accumulated in the crooks of jewelry. Simply combine the seltzer and soap in a bowl, soak the jewelry for about five minutes, and then swish it through the suds. Use a soft toothbrush to scrub out any stubborn grime. Done!
Clean hairbrushes and combs. Have you start seeing yucky buildups from hair products, greasy hair or shampoo on your hairbrush or comb? Get rid of them easily! Simply mix a couple of drops of dish soap with a bowl of warm water, and wipe the brushes clean with the solution. The grease will come off easily and stains will disappear.
Remove stains on carpeting. To remove hard-to-deal-with stains on your favorite carpeting, simply dissolve one tablespoon of dish liquid into two cups of warm water in a bowl. Dip a clean white cloth into the solution (colored cloths may transmit the color to the carpet!) and blot the stain a couple of times. Repeat this until the stain completely absorbs into the cloth and disappears from the carpet. Afterwards, sponge with cold water (to remove any soap residue), and blot dry with a clean cloth.
Wipe down kitchen cabinets. Greasy kitchen cabinets and kitchen tops? Don’t worry, it happens to everyone. It just means you’re a great cook ;) To clean them, simply add a little dish soap to a spray bottle with warm water to mist away the grime. Wipe down with a soft cloth or paper towel and then, rinse with a well-wrung cloth and dry. Like new!
Banish oil stains from concrete. If you see a spot of oirl on your concrete garage floor, your first thought would be: “well, that’s gonna leave a mark!” Well, not necessarily. If you spy a spot on your garage floor, completely cover the stain with plenty of baking soda and then pour some dish liquid over it. Let sit for a few seconds and start scrubbing with a plastic brush. Then, let everything sit for a few hours. Rinse and repeat until the stain is gone!
Tell us, what other uses do you have for this fantastic product?