Dish Soap Isn’t Just for Dishes. Here Are 11 Other Uses


Dishwashing liquid, otherwise known as dish soap or dish detergent, is a detergent generally used for washing the dishes (as its name tells). Every family has a dishwashing soap in their house and sadly, most of them use it for only washing dishes.

Biggest Dishwashing Soap Vendors

The top five vendors on the market for Dishwashing Soap are:

  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • Henkel
  • P&G
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Unilever

These five venders are the top producers from the years 2016 to 2020. There are also a bunch of prominent vendors that can become the top 5 eventually in the future.

Different DIY tutorials and recipes also exist throughout the internet showing you how to make your homemade dish soap.

Different Uses for Dish Soap

There are many different uses of dish soap such as the child favorite: creating bubbles. Other than that, there are many other things that the dish soap can be used for such as washing clothes and cleaning oil-affected birds. Additionally, using dish soap, you can wash your hair, use it to keep ants away, and kill weeds. Sometimes it can even be used for unclogging the toilet.

Here are 11 interesting ways to use dish soap outside of washing dishes:

  • Shampoo – Using regular dish soap as a shampoo once a month will remove excess oil and lingering product that the regular shampoo cannot remove.
  • Unclogging the toilet – if your toilet gets clogged, just take dish soap and pour one cup into the toilet. Let it sit for 15 minutes and add a bucket of hot water (pour the water from the height of your waist).
  • Remove dirt or stains from jewelry – Instead of buying an expensive product to clean your jewelry, just use dish soap. All you need is a bowl with seltzer water and a drop of dish soap. Let your jewelry soak in the mixture for five minutes and scrub it gently with a cloth or a soft toothbrush.
  • Repelling ants – Mix the soap with water and wipe down your counters to repel unwanted pests such as ants.
  • Help de-ice sidewalks – Don’t spend lots of money on chemicals for removing the ice during the winter. Just mix the soap (1 teaspoon) with rubbing alcohol (1 tablespoon) and hot/warm water (1/2 gallon). Use this mixture to pour onto the walkways and they won’t freeze at all.
  • Ice pack – You can make yourself a non-toxic icepack anytime you want with this full tutorial.
  • Weedkiller – All you need to do to kill those unwanted weeds is to mix a teaspoon of dish soap and a cup of salt in a gallon of white vinegar. You can add this mixture to a spray bottle and spray it onto the unwanted weeds.
  • Foggy glasses – if your glasses get foggy and you’re tired of drying them out every time, just add a drop of soap on your glasses and wipe it without rinsing. The soap will leave a film which prevents your glasses from becoming foggy.
  • Streak-free windows – If you’re planning on cleaning your windows, add a few drops of dish soap mixed with water in a spray bottle and clean your windows.
  • Clean clothes – you can remove grease and oil stains using dish soap. As soon as you make a spill on your clothes, clean it with dish soap and it will suck all of the oil from the cloth.
  • Household lubricant – Dish soap is a great alternative to aerosol. Additionally, it’s not toxic and will help you with sliding doors or hinges.

What’s more important is that the dish soap is safe and non-toxic, even the ones that are perfumed. They shouldn’t be causing any allergic reaction from the perfume; however, it does depend on the manufacturer of the soap. Prolonged contact with dish soap is not recommended


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