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I have gotten to the point where I am basically using dish soap to clean everything in my home. The more I find out what dish soap can do, the more I fall in love with it. Basically I have two main reasons why I like to use dish soap all around my home. Number one, it’s tough on grease but soft on hands
. I mean, seriously, some of the household cleaners I’ve used in the past are way too harsh. This is why I have switched to dish soap to wipe down my counter tops, clean my baseboards and scrub up everywhere around my home, even my outdoor furniture. I can easily just fill up the sink, plop in a wash rag and get to work. No gloves needed and my hands come out softer than before I even started cleaning! The second reason I love using dish soap to clean is because there are no harsh chemical smells. I have found that dish soap is able to clean and sanitize just the same as other more harsh cleaners however the dish soap smells SO much better.
When you take a look at all of the amazing things you can do with dish soap, there is no reason not to make it your number one household cleaner! So what exactly do I use dish soap for BESIDES washing dishes? Here are a few of my favorite dish soap uses that are actually awesome, plus one super cute and stylish way that I like to display my dish soap.
This first dish soap use is actually new to me, but so far I am loving it. One thing that I really wanted to get away from in my house was my old tub and shower cleaner. I hated how strong it smelled and in my little bathroom the fumes would always start to gag me. This little mixture of dish soap and vinegar doesn’t stink up my bathroom and is actually pretty good at removing stains and leaving my bathtub nice and clean white. To use this method I simply combine half white vinegar and half dish soap into a scrub brush. Then I just scrub down my shower with the soapy mixture, let it set for about an hour and then rinse it off. Works like a charm.
Second, this is one of my all time favorite uses for dish soap. I actually use it quite often. Especially in the summer months when my kids “forget” that they shouldn’t take their juice cups into their bedrooms and then accidentally “forget” to bring them back out later. . . YEP! “Face palm”.
In order to create this fruit fly cocktail of doom, simply fill a glass with apple cider vinegar and place a dollop of dish soap on your finger which you will then gently apply to just the surface of the vinegar. The vinegar attracts the fruit flies for a drink and then the soap makes them slip through the liquid’s surface (which they otherwise would be able to perch on). Needless to say, no more fruit flies.
This next use for dish soap you may have heard of before, but what I love about using Palmolive for making homemade bubbles is that Palmolive has a dish soap that is made especially for cleaning baby bottles and toys. This soap is made hypoallergenic and with no unnecessary ingredients, so I like to use it for making bubbles better than other brands.
We go through a lot of bubbles in our house. My kids love them. Once the first bottle of bubbles that comes with the blowers is gone, I just hate to throw them away. Such a waste. So instead I just create a refill of bubble solution by combining 1 cup of water with 1/4 cup of dish soap and 1 tablespoon of corn syrup. Simply fill the containers back up and you can keep on playing!
This next use is a fun one! A few years back I went to a pottery store for a fun day of crafting and painting. While I was there I watched as some of the other patrons were mixing together a paint concoction in a cup and blowing bubbles into it with a straw. Obviously I was mesmerized by what they were doing, so I went over to watch this strange painting technique. What we found was that the bubbles that they blew into the paint would leave the coolest design on the pottery when they placed the two of them together.
(This craft is posted for Adults Only. Kids have a tendency to accidentally suck in instead of blowing out which can be dangerous. Also, be sure to use non-toxic paints or food coloring only.)
Bubble painting is an easy method of painting that will leave you with a design that cannot be replicated. Here’s how I do it: Mix together in a cup or bowl about 1 squeeze of non toxic paint (or food coloring), 1 teaspoon of water (just enough to thin it out) and a dollop of dish soap. I sometimes need to add more water or paint until I get the right consistency for blowing bubbles. Next, I take a straw and blow bubbles into the paint. By simply touching the bubbles with the surface that I want to paint, the bubbles will pop and leave me with a really cool design. By combining more than one color on a surface I can create a really cool and unique piece of art.
Now that your soap bottle is empty, grab that top, screw it to your water spout and fill up some water balloons for a big family water fight! You’ve cleaned enough today, time to have some fun!
All of these awesome Palmolive scents are available at your local Walmart. Just look for the rainbow of colors in the cleaning section.
What are you favorite uses for dish soap? Share with me in the comments.