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12 Shocking Ways to Use Dawn Dish Soap

12 Shocking Ways to Use Dawn Dish Soap

Who knew that you could use Dawn dish soap for more than just washing dishes! I’ve learned through many trials, that Dawn is one of the best soaps out there! I actually call it my “all-purpose soap”, instead of my dish soap, because I use it for much more than just cleaning my dirty dishes.

1. Make your own bubbles

Mix 1/2 cup Ultra Dawn, 1/2 gallon warm water and 1 tablespoon glycerine (find it at your local drug store) and mix. Skim the foam off the top and you bubbles are ready. Just dip a bubble wand in the solution and blow!

2. Help with greasy hair

If you have extra oily hair, try washing your hair with a bit of Dawn. It’s gentle on the skin (and you’re hair), but strong enough to remove grease.

3. Wash your windows

Mix together 1 gallon of warm water + 4 small drops of Dawn, add to a spray bottle and clean your windows as you normally would.

4. Get rid of fleas

Wash your pets with Dawn and they will not only smell better, have better looking (and feeling!) skin, but Dawn also kills fleas!

5. Make your own ice packs

Fill a small-medium freezer bag with Dawn, zip it up tightly and freeze. Use this as an ice pack! You can re-freeze it again and again, too!

6. Clean your tub & shower

Fill a spray bottle with half Dawn and half white vinegar. Mix well (just give the bottle a good shake) and spray on your bathtub and shower walls. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes, then rinse it all off.

7. Get rid of ants

Spray a mixture of Dawn and water in the areas you see ants. Wipe dry. That’s it! No more ants!

8. Clean oil & gas stains from your driveway

Clean the excess with kitty litter, then scrub a mixture of biodegradable Dawn soap and warm water into the oil and gas stains. You may need to repeat the process for stubborn stains/marks.

9. Pre-treat oily stains on clothing

Apply a small amount of Dawn soap directly to the grease stain on your clothing. Scrub lightly with an old toothbrush until the oil is gone, then wash as usual.

10. Prevent your glasses from fogging up

Rub a very small amount of Dawn on your eyeglass lenses and then wipe clean. Voila! No more fogged up glasses!

11. Get rid of weeds

Mix together 1 teaspoon Dawn with 1 cup salt and 1 gallon white vinegar. Pour on the cracks and crevices that have weeds peeking through.

12. Get rid of armpit stains on clothing

Mix together one part Dawn dish soap with 2 parts hydrogen peroxide. Add in a tablespoon of baking soda. Pour mixture directly on the stain, scrub gently, and allow to sit for about 30 minutes. Launder as usual.

How do you use Dawn dish soap – other than for washing dishes?


  1. SeriousSally

    Yes, Dawn can even unclog a nasty, plugged up toilet. See shaneconlan1 on YouTube, he’s hilarious and will teach you how to use dish soap and boiling water to move “matters” along.

    You need about 1/2 cup of Dawn, boiling water and a bit of patience. It definitely works, albeit I needed a the assistance of a plunger as well.

    • Cassie Howard

      Wow, that is genius!

  2. Pink

    I add 1 or 2 drops of Blue Dawn to my dishwasher ( along with dishwasher tab )
    always have sparkling clean glasses & dishes.

  3. Heather R

    I use a mixture of Dawn, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda for getting stains out of clothes. It has worked better than anything I’ve ever purchased. I’ve also used Dawn to strip my cloth diapers.

  4. katharine

    i fell in LOVE with dawn(green, apple blossum) years ago! i’ve had severe eczema/skin problems since childhood and it wasn’t until i found the combination of “dawn,goats milk soap (and 1 prescription)” that i can keep my hands under control, partly has to do with the antibacterial in it BUT i will never use anything but dawn now it’s the only thing my skin can tolerate! the mess my teenage daughter leaves in the bathroom was becoming ridiculous..trying other products were either not working well to clean up the make-up messes ect.. or killing my hands! SO i TOO! recently started using DAWN for everything around the house!! and it doesn’t leave an offensive odour either!..i think that’s what i should’ve tried first when i couldn’t get medical tape off me? i think it’s my new “Go to” for “everything”!!

    • Cassie Howard

      Apple Blossom is my favourite, too!

  5. Cindy

    Thanks for all the great tips Cassie!!

  6. Sharon Francis

    I Love “Dawn” Dishsoap & have faithfully used it for years! when I had a “flea” epidemic in my home last year, I googled it & although another name brand was suggested – I hunted high n low all over town trying to find that product to no avail?! I remembered that “Dawn” dishsoap was safe to use on animals to remove grease – I substituted that instead & voila! flea problem…GONE! it definitely works with vinegar! (Y)

    • Cassie Howard

      It’s great for pets, isn’t it?

  7. joanna kelley

    I think dawn platinum is the best dish soap on the market the best I have ever used in my 46 years

  8. Dawn

    Although Dawn will kill fleas, any pet shampoo will kill fleas if you leave it on the pet for 10-15 minutes or so.

  9. Paulena Romero

    Is it safe to use Dawn in your hair all the time, or just once in a while?

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