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12 Amazing Uses for Dish Soap

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Dish Detergent, or dish soap, may just be the miracle household solution we never knew we had. This mild liquid combines reliable cleaning power with a gentleness that makes it ideal for many uses around the home. Plus, dish soap is very inexpensive. Bonus!

Here are 12 amazing uses for dish detergent that you can put in practice today.

  1. Clean the kitchen floor: a couple of squirts added to a bucket of water, and you can make your own homemade floor cleaning soap out of dishwashing liquid. This solution works well on vinyl or tile flooring. 
  2. Get rid of fruit flies: Into a bowl of vinegar, add a few drops of dish detergent. The vinegar will attract the fruit flies, while the dish soap will trap them. (Learn even more ways to Get Rid of Fruit Flies.)
  3. Wipe down the kitchen: Nothing is easier than wiping down kitchen counters, cabinets tables and appliances than with a wet sponge and a drop of dish detergent. You can also create a quick solution in a homemade spray. 
  4. Remove stains from clothing and upholstery: Rub some dish detergent directly on a stain and then rinse the item with water. When applied right away, the detergent works well on greasy stains and even blood. The nice thing about this solution is that it can be used on delicate natural fabrics, which might normally be damaged by pre-treaters or regular laundry detergent. 
  5. De-gunk combs and hair brushes: Get rid of the hair product build up and natural hair oils all at once. Just swish your combs and brushes around in the suds, rinse and then dry. 
  6. Clean and freshen patio furniture: Dishwashing liquid cuts through the built up grime on patio furniture quickly and easily. 
  7. Wash your lingerie: Dish soap can be used as a mild hand washing detergent that is gentle on clothing. A little bit goes a long way. 
  8. Spot clean the carpet: Warm water with a few drops of dish soap make a good spot cleaner for the carpet that won’t damage the carpet or remove the color. Dip a white cloth into a bowl of the homemade carpet cleaning solution, and dab at the stain until it is gone. Follow up with a a clean cloth dampened with cool water. 
  9. Remove garage floor stains: Dish soap is a powerful degreaser, and with the addition of baking soda, you will have that greasy stain removed in no time. Cover the stain with baking soda and pour dish detergent over it. There is no need to measure. Immediately scrub with a brush, and then allow the paste to sit on the stain for a few hours. Rinse well, and then repeat if needed until the stain disappears. 
  10. Kill weeds: You can make your own weed killer by adding a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and a cup of salt to a gallon of vinegar. Pour the homemade solution into sidewalk cracks, along the crevices between pavers, around porch edges and wherever weeds tend to sprout. This natural weedkiller is gentle on the environment. 
  11. Brighten your hair: When you hair starts to look dull and lifeless, remove the build up and extra oil with dishwashing liquid. Pour shampoo into your hand, add a drop of dishwashing liquid and wash hair as usual. 
  12. Clean the blender: One of the worse kitchen tasks is to take the blender apart for washing. Instead, just fill the blender reservoir with water. Add a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid, add the top, then run the blender on low for a few seconds. Rinse and allow to air dry. 


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