10 Genius New Uses for Dish Soap

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According to Good Housekeeping, dish detergent is most commonly used for washing dishes, however most people do not know that you can use it on various items around the house. Below are 10 things that dish soap can be used for.

1. Eliminate greasy stains on clothes. Rub a little dish detergent into the stain and rinse with water; this method works great for removing rings around the collar, too. The soap is gentle enough for spot-treating most fabrics — even washable wool and silk.

2. Clean your kitchen and bathroom floors. To transform a bucket of warm water into a helpful floor cleanser, just add two tablespoons of dish liquid. Use the solution on vinyl or tile flooring, but avoid hardwoods (the water could warp the boards).

3. De-grime patio furniture. Add a drop of dish soap in a bucket of warm water and use it to wipe down patio furniture then wash off the soap with a hose.  

4. Shine your jewelry. A little dish soap mixed with seltzer is a quick way to clean your jewelry. The bubbles help loosen dirt and help the soap get into tiny nooks and crannies. Combine the seltzer and soap in a bowl, soak the jewelry for five minutes, and then swish it through the suds. Use a soft toothbrush to scrub out any stubborn grime.

5. Clean hairbrushes and combs. Hairbrushes and combs can easily be cleaned with a combination of dish soap and warm water. Make sure you lather the item up and let it soak in the liquid mixture. 

6. Clean hand-washable clothing. You can use a tablespoon of dish soap in place of the detergent you use to hand wash delicates.

7. Trap and kill fruit flies. Add three drops of dish soap to a bowl of vinegar; this will attract the bugs. The detergent will cut surface tension, so the flies will sink and drown.

8. Remove stains on carpeting. Dissolve one tablespoon of dish liquid into two cups of warm water, and blot the stain with a clean white cloth dipped into the solution. Repeat until the stain absorbs into the cloth and disappears from the carpet. Then sponge with cold water, and blot dry with a clean cloth.

9. Wipe down kitchen cabinets. Add a little dish soap to a spray bottle with warm water to wash away the grime and then wipe down with a dry cloth.

10. Remove stains on concrete floors. If you have stains on your concrete floors, cover the stain with baking soda and then pour some dish washing liquid over it. Scrub with a plastic brush, and let it sit for a few hours. Rinse and repeat until the stain is gone.