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What are some of the uses of Dawn Dish Detergent?

Asked by janbb (57024points) July 24th, 2018

Besides the obvious one. Sparked by the mosquito question. I often hear it mentioned here and in other places as being of use for…....

I can’t remember them all so it would be great to have them listed in one place.

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kritiper's avatar

Use in a lawn chemical sprayer to cover lawn and kill lawn insects.

snowberry's avatar

A drop of it (or any dish detergent in a bucket of water makes an excellent window cleaner. Use a wet rag to wet down the window, squeegee it clean, and wipe up the drips.

Jeruba's avatar

You can make bubble soap with it, the kind that will let you blow truly huge bubbles—like 2 or 3 feet across. I’ve seen it done a number of times. I don’t remember the formula, but maybe I can find out. You add a little bit of glycerin, I remember that.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Pour a weak dish soap solution (I don’t think Dawn is special) on the ground and worms emerge and you can use them as bait to catch fish.

si3tech's avatar

It makes a good clarifying shampoo which removes product buildup.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Isn’t Dawn the preferred soap for degreasing the plumage of your contaminated oil soaked relatives?

Patty_Melt's avatar

I use it for everything inside to be cleaned. It works great on laundry, is targeted to cut proteins, so blood and grease stains come out well with it, and it rinses away cleaner than any laundry detergent I have tried.
Dish soap kills ants, but Dawn is best of them all.

LadyMarissa's avatar

Fill a spray bottle with water, add 1 drop of the Original Dawn , spray any plants that’s been invaded by critters!!!

1 gallon water, 3 drops Original Dawn, pour into spray bottle, spray windows or mirrors, wipe clean with newspaper

Bathe your dog in it to get rid of fleas.

Soak your dirty tools in Original Dawn to clean them & prevent them from rusting.

Pour some Original Dawn into a heavy zip lock sandwich/storage bag, toss in the freezer. Once frozen, use as an ice pack & it will conform to wherever you place it.

To clean your bath tub or shower, take a spray bottle and fill it halfway with white vinegar. Heat in the microwave. Fill the rest of the way with Original Dawn. Put lid on & shake to mix well. Spray on your tub & shower walls. Allow to sit for a few minutes & then rinse away.

Wash any Poison Ivy on the skin with Original Dawn. It helps to get rid of the sap from the Ivy & will help to dry up the blisters.

If you have gas or oil stains on your driveway use a scrub broom & a solution of the Original Dawn followed by warm water to safely & effectively remove any excess oil from the driveway.

If you’ve got paint or a greasy mess on your hands, pour some Original Dawn followed by some corn oil, rub your hands together, rinse with warm water. Not only will it clean your hands, it will leave them soft & hydrated.

Drop of Dawn in water will clean ceramic tile and no-wax/linoleum floors. Also use to spray on:bathroom & kitchen counters and sinks, baseboards & shelves. Be sure to dry as you go because wood doesn’t like prolonged contact with water. Also works great on bath tubs & toilet seats.

Add directly to laundry stains as a prewash.

Mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, & ½ gallon hot/warm water & pour over sidewalks & steps. They won’t refreeze. No more salt eating at the concrete in your sidewalks.

Yes, I buy a lot of Dawn!!!

stanleybmanly's avatar

Damn!!!! That is one impressive tutorial!!

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janbb's avatar

Can someone tell me – as a secondary question – what it is about Dawn that makes it so special?

ScienceChick's avatar

I don’t know the product, but if I had to guess, I’d say it had a higher concentration of a very effective surfactant in it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surfactant

Jeruba's avatar

I know there is something special. That’s why only Dawn will make the giant bubbles.

Now I might buy it for something else, as @LadyMarissa suggests!!!

LuckyGuy's avatar

I use soapy water in a jar and toss in any Japanese beetles I find munching on my plants and flowers.

MrGrimm888's avatar

^Yes. It seems to affect buoyancy, or an insects ability to navigate water.

If you ever get fleas in your home, and are not at the point of fogging, you can use dawn dishes. Take several white plates, and put water in them, and a drop of dawn. Mix a bit. Leave the plates around the house overnight. When you wake up, they will have lots of drowned fleas. For whatever reason, they are attracted to white. They jump onto the white plate, and immediately get stuck, and die.

Patty_Melt's avatar

… and breakfast buffet!

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Take several white plates, and put water in them, and a drop of dawn.

This works for fruit flies, but with beer, red wine, or apple cider vinegar instead of water.

ScienceChick's avatar

I have an infestation of the little buggers at the moment. As you’ve probably heard in the news. we are having some dashingly hot weather here and I’ve never seen so many fruit flies and houseflies here. I have dishes of white wine vinegar out to trap the little frackers.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I use it to find the leak in car and tractor tires.
I mix it with water and pour it over the tire in question. A stream of bubbles shows the source of the leak.

janbb's avatar

@LuckyGuy But why Dawn rather than another detergent?

LuckyGuy's avatar

I used Dawn because that’s what is in the cupboard. It’s either Dawn or the store brand knock off.

rojo's avatar

I understand (and I am being 100% serious here) that using Dawn Dishwashing Soap will help remove the the Urushoil Oil associated with Poison Ivy.

to be fair, probably any dishwashing soap will work, they are all for removal of grease and oils

janbb's avatar

Presumably the urushoil is all gone now – 8 days and several baths and showers later?

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