Dish Soap Life Hacks That Will Make Cleaning Up a Breeze

Dish Soap Life Hacks That Will Make Cleaning Up a Breeze September 23, 2022Leave a comment

You've probably got some dish soap in your home to help you wash dishes, but did you know that the cleaning up liquid can help you in almost every room of your house? That's right, dish soap is a very versatile cleaning tool that can help take up difficult stains, remove grease and grime from household items, and even keep pests away if you know how to use it!

Clean Up Tough Oil Stains

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Sick of looking at those oil stains on your garage floor or on your driveway? Dish soap can help you get those concrete stains out. It isn’t just the dish soap that you’ll need though. First, sprinkle some baking soda over the stain, add dish soap and scrub it with a plastic or non-metallic brush. Let the mixture sit on the stain for a few hours then come back to it and scrub again, repeating until the stain is gone.

Greasy Clothing Stains Are No More

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Dish soap is a proven grease-fighter but it doesn’t have to be just on dishes. It can also help remove grease stains from clothing. Dish soap will cut through any type of grease including makeup, butter, and cooking oil. Simply grab a toothbrush, add a couple of drops of dish soap to the stain and gently scrub at it. Toss the clothing into the washer or just rinse it by hand in warm water and it’ll be good as new.

Combat Flies With Dish Soap

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If your kitchen or office is filled with fruit flies and you cannot figure out how to get rid of them, then turn to dish soap to get the job done. Combine 4 or 5 drops of dish soap (some people swear that it has to be Dawn but that’s yet to be cross-tested) with a cup filled about a 1/2 inch full of apple cider vinegar. Then place it wherever the fruit flies are and you’ll be good to go.

Make Your Own Ice Pack


If you need a makeshift ice pack or you’re looking for one that’s more pliable than the typical lunch box ice pack, you can use dish soap. Fill a plastic bag about one-third of the way full with dish soap then pop it in the freezer. The liquid will freeze but not completely. Then it will be cold enough to help with any bruises or bumps, but still malleable because it isn’t frozen solid.

Kill Fleas For Half The Price

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Instead of using expensive and often harsh flea prevention products on your dogs or outdoor cats, you can use dish soap. During flea season when you’re giving your dog a bath, mix some lemon-scented dish soap into the water and use it to lather up your pets. It’s a gentler product, it’s much less expensive for you, and it gives your pup a lemony-fresh scent as an added bonus.

Use Dish Soap As A Makeshift Pool Cleaner


If you have an above-ground pool or even a blow-up pool, dish soap works as a great cleaner for a fraction of the price. Put a couple drops of the dish soap in the center of the pool. It will push all the leftover dirt, suntan lotion, or whatever else is floating around to the edge of the pool so you can clean it up easily. It’s also won’t do any damage to your filter and it’s safe to swim in, so you don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals.

It’s A Perfect Bubble Solution

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What kid (or adult) doesn’t love blowing bubbles? It’s a great summer outdoor activity but one kid always ends up dropping the tube or knocking it over and suddenly all the bubble liquid is on the ground. Not to fear though, dish soap is a great backup so that you don’t burst your kids’ bubbles. Mix 6 cups of water with 1 cup of dish soap, stir in 1/4 cup of corn syrup and voila, instant bubbles!

Add Some Shine To Your Life

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Dish soap can save you time and money when it comes to dull jewelry. Mix seltzer with any dish soap and let your jewelry soak for about 5 minutes. Pull it out, scrub off any grime or film with a toothbrush, then lay it out to dry and see the sparkle. Now you don’t have to feel about all those times you told yourself you would take your jewelry to a jeweler and watched TV instead.

Get Rid Of Poison Ivy


Though it won’t help with the itch after you touch it, dish soap can be used to get rid of poison ivy in your backyard before it spreads or infects anyone else. Take a little bit of dish soap and spread it all over the leaves of any of the poison ivy plants you find. Within a few days, the plants will wither up and die so you won’t have any more popping up and you’re free to roam again.

Ward Off Those Ants Or Spiders


If your kitchen (or your entire home) has been taken over by ants and they seem to be coming out of the woodwork, dish soap is here to help. It can also help you out if you have one too many spiders crawling around. Mix water and dish soap into a spray bottle, then spray it around vents, windows, door frames, or anywhere that met be letting the ants into your house. It should stop the infestation in no time.

Say Goodbye To Upholstery Stains

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Dish soap is good for cleaning up the mess that your car leaves on the garage floor, but it’s also good for cleaning up the mess your kids make inside your car. Using a hand mixer, whip together equal parts of dish soap and water, then use a rag to clean any spots from your car upholstery. It also works for other upholstery stains that you might find on your chairs or couches.

Quickly Clean Your Eyeglasses


Because dish soap is so gentle it can be used on sensitive products that you wouldn’t want in contact with anything toxic. Dish soap can be used to clean eyeglasses, too. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water. Start by gently running warm water over your eyeglasses. Place a single, small drop of dish soap on each lens. Gently rub it across the lens making sure not to scratch it. Rinse them clean and gently dry.

It Will Keep Your Manicure Looking Fresh


If you’re looking to step up your manicure game without stepping up your budget, then dish soap can make it easier. Soak your nails in dish soap beforehand to make your cuticles softer and easier to work with. It also strips the natural oils from your fingers and will make your manicure last longer because your polish will adhere better. Before no time you’ll have the nicest nails on the block.

Skip The Peanut Butter And Use Dish Soap To Get Gum Out Of Your Kid’s Hair


On top of getting stains out of your clothing, dish soap can do wonders for your kid’s hair if they manage to get something stuck in it. We’ve all heard the trick about using peanut butter to get gum out of hair, but then that just means they have another stick substance in their hair. Use dish soap instead. It can get out gum, silly putty, Play-doh, or the peanut butter you inevitably tried first.

It’s Instrumental In De-Skunking A Pet

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It can be tiring for a dog owner to run a tomato juice bath each time their dog gets skunked. Instead of your house vaguely smelling of rotten tomatoes, combines 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup of baking soda and a few teaspoons of dish soap to use as a solution on your pet after they get sprayed. If your pet allows it, let the solution sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing for maximum effect.

Keeping Your Outdoor Furniture and Toys Worthy Of Your BBQ Guests

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Obviously, patio furniture or a kid’s playground is going to get dirty when it’s sitting outside all day, but you still want to impress your guests and you need to clean it. Dish soap will have your furniture looking brand spanking new. For things like a kid’s pool or a slide, it will wipe all the grime and dirt off without drying out the plastic (which would cause it to break down faster) and it’ll have your patio table clean enough to eat off.

It’s A Powerful Shower And Bathtub Cleaner

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Cleaning the tub is one of those household tasks that people tend to dread. It doesn’t have to be back-breaking labor if you know this trick, though! Dish soap is a great all-purpose cleaner that works wonders in the bathroom. Let it take care of that built-up grime for you. Just pour a layer of soap over the floor of your shower or your tub, leave it overnight, then scrub away all the grime that built up overnight. Use a long-handled brush to save your back.

Be Gone, Squeaky Hinges

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Dish soap is a better, safer alternative for fixing squeaky sliding doors and doorknobs that always get stuck. You’ve tried every aerosol spray money can buy and yet, you can’t get your bedroom door or your front door to stop squeaking. The sprays work for a few days or maybe even a few weeks but then it always comes back. The dish soap solution lasts longer than aerosol sprays, and it’s better if you have children running around touching those doors and knobs.

Unclog the Toilet


If you don’t have a plunger (or don’t want to use it) you can remedy a clogged toilet using dish soap. Pour a generous amount into the toilet bowl, about half a cup, and then let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Don’t flush– instead, slowly pour warm water into the toilet bowl. Make sure not to overflow it! You should see the soap and clog slowly drain down.

De-Fog Your Car With Dish Soap

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Yes, you read that right. Dish soap can be used to de-fog your car if you’re one those people who still haven’t quite figured out if you should turn your windshield de-fogger to hot or cold air. Squirt some dish soap onto a clean, dry cloth and work it into the glass until the soap disappears. It’ll create a layer over the glass that will prevent it from fogging up in the future! You can also use that trick for glasses lenses.

The Perfect Grill Cleaner

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Once summer hits, it’s time to break out the grill. And if you love grilling, then you probably know how much of a pain it can be to clean it. With dish soap, that pain can be a thing of the past. Fill a bucket with water and add some dish soap. Let the grill racks soak in the bucket for around 15 minutes, then scrub and rinse and all your problems should be gone.

Get Rid Of That Grimy Grout

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Cleaning dirty tile floors can be a real… chore. We know it’s not fun, but it can be made a little easier with dish soap. This hack is pretty easy, too. Put a cup of vinegar in the microwave and zap it for one minute. Once it’s heated through, put it in a spray bottle with one cup of dish soap. Spray the mixture on your tile floors and wait for a few minutes before scrubbing the grime away.

Easy And Affordable Insect Repellant

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If you have an insect problem, we have a possible solution for you! Take a spray bottle and mix a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, and mouthwash together. Once mixed together, spray the problem area. If you have unwanted insects, that means spray any cracks they may be coming through. Let the solution sit on the affected area for around 15 minutes before wiping away and smiling in relief.

Revive Your Hair With Dish Soap


After you manage to get the gum out of your hair, you can also use dish soap as an overall hair mask instead of buying a fancy expensive one from the drug store. Once a month, swap out your shampoo for dish soap and lather away. It’ll strip away all of the oil build-up and residue from the other hair products you’ve been using in the past weeks, and leave you with squeaky clean shiny hair.

Clean Your Brushes And Combs With Ease

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The more you use your favorite brush or comb, the more oil and grime builds up between the bristles. One quick and easy way to give them a deep clean is with a soap bath! Combine hot water with Borax and dish soap. Once the ingredients are combined, soak your brush and comb. After a few minutes, wash them off, dry them, and marvel at the miracle that is a clean hair comb!

De-Ice Your Driveway In A Pinch


As winter settles in, depending on where you live, having ice on your driveway is a serious safety concern. Anyone looking for a new, cheap method to de-ice your driveway should consider trying this. Mix a teaspoon of dish soap with a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol. Then add that to a half-gallon of warm water. Once combined, pour the mixture over the iced area. Not only will it melt the ice that’s there, it will also help prevent your driveway from re-freezing!

Keep Pests Out Of Your Garden

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Why waste money on toxic chemicals to get rid of pests in your garden when there is an easier way? Use dish soap instead. Mix the soap together with water and gently spray your plants. Of course, this won’t be a cure-all. While it will keep most insects and pests away, it won’t work against all of them. But, we think it’s still worth trying if you’re looking for a pesticide alternative.

Freeze Liquid Dish Soap For A Tiny And Mighty Cleaning Tool


People have been taking to Tik Tok to share their home cleaning hacks and this is one of the most popular hacks making the rounds. Tanyahomeinspo shared that she fills an ice tray with liquid dish soap to create a tiny and mighty cleaning tool! One the soap freezes, she puts on gloves and uses the cube to scrub away the grime on her oven rack. “It just slides off” she shares. Try the hack on your oven rack and other dirty surfaces in your kitchen.

Cleaning Your Tools Couldn’t Be Easier

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Why spend so much sweat scrubbing the grease off of your tools when it seems impossible to remove? Sweat no more thanks to this incredible dish soap hack. The first step — mix a tablespoon of dish soap into a gallon of hot water. Rinse your tools in the solution and watch as the grease just slips away. Not only is this easy, but it will save you money in the long run!

Remove Excess Color From Your Hair

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Did you just dye your hair and realize it came out darker or brighter than you wanted? Instead of fretting trying to find solutions or dying your hair all over again, consider this dish soap hack. Use dish soap in the shower instead of shampoo. As you wash your hair, it will gently pull away any excess color. Once you dry off, you’ll be left with the picture-perfect hair you wanted.