Everyone knows that dish liquid is great for washing dirty silverware, utensils, pots, pans, and dishes; however, many do not know that dish liquid can be used for a variety of household chores. Dish soap can be used throughout your home. Let’s take a look at the top five ways you can use dish soap to make your household chores a breeze.
Dish Soap as a Stain Remover – Whether you have dropped wine on your carpeting or dropped ketchup on your favorite blouse, dish soap can help. The stain removing power of dish soap can save your favorite clothing and carpets from accidental spills. To use dish soap as a powerful stain remover, you will need:
* Dish soap
* Hydrogen peroxide
Mix three parts hydrogen peroxide with one part dishwashing soap. Apply this powerful stain fighter to your stain. Allow the stain remover to sit for a few minutes. during this time, you should see the stain begin to fade. If the stain is not lightening, add more stain remover and soak for a few minutes longer. You must keep an eye on the fabric or carpet to ensure the peroxide is not bleaching the carpeting or clothing. Once the stain has faded, place your clothing in the washing machine and launder according to the care tag. If you use this stain remover on your carpeting, blot up the stain remover and rinse and blot up.
Dishwashing Liquid as Cabinet and Countertop Cleaner – You already know how great dish soap is at cutting grease from your dishes, why not use it to clean your counters and cabinets. This gentle cleaner can also be used on stone surfaces. To make the cleaner, you will need:
* A bucket or a kitchen sink
* Dish soap
* A microfiber towel
* Warm water
Add several drops of dishwashing soap to warm water to create suds. Dampen your microfiber towel in the solution and wipe your countertops and cabinet doors down using even vertical or horizontal strokes. Remember to just dampen the microfiber towel. Rinse your microfiber towel often to ensure that you are cleaning the area rather than smearing the grease residue. Allow your cabinets and counters to air dry. Once the cabinets or counters are air dried, buff using a clean, dry microfiber towel to produce a brilliant shine.
Dish Soap for Soap Scum Removal – Soap scum can be difficult, if not impossible, to clean. Many people reach for harsh cleaning solvents to clean their bathrooms. Throw away those chemical-laden cleaning supplies and use dish soap to remove soap scum from your bathtub, shower walls, and shower doors. This solution should not be used on stone surfaces as the vinegar can permanently damage the finish of these surfaces. For this soap scum busting solution, you will need:
* A microwave-safe bowl
* A spray bottle
* 1 cup of distilled white vinegar
* 1 tablespoon cornstarch
* 2 tablespoons dishwashing soap
In your microwave safe bowl, mix cornstarch and vinegar together to form a thick paste. Place the mixture in the microwave and heat for one to two minutes. Add the heated vinegar and cornstarch mixture to your spray bottle and pour in your dish soap. Shake well to combine. Spray the cleaning solution on your shower walls, shower doors, and bathtub and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Rinse well, ensuring all traces of the cleaning solution is removed. Wipe down all surfaces using a clean, dry microfiber towel. This solution can be used as often as need to keep your bathroom surfaces sparkling.
Dish Soap for All-Purpose Appliance Cleaner – You can make a great all-purpose appliance cleaner using dish soap. In fact, there are so many recipes for dish soap based cleaners that it can cause your head to swim! Mix up you a batch of all-purpose appliance cleaner to remove dirty smudge marks, grease, fingerprints and more. Afterward, buff with a microfiber cloth for a brilliant shine.
As you can see, dish soap can be used to make a variety of DIY cleaners that are safe and effective. In addition to dish soap, you can use lemons and vinegar to keep your home clean, disinfected and smelling great.