Uses for Dawn Dishwashing Liquid

Dawn Dishwashng Liquid was originally created as a dishwashing liquid that easily cuts through grease that accumulates on pots, pans and dishes. It has since been discovered however, that it’s grease cutting ability works well on many other things around the house and it is even being used to gently remove grease from animals during oil spill cleanups. Listed below are some other great uses for Dawn.

Uses For Dawn Dishwashing Liquid:

Ant Killer

Strangely enough Dawn Dishwasher detergent is lethal to ants. Simply add one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid to a spray bottle filled with water and spray on ants. It will kill them instantly, yet is harmless to humans and pets in the household.

Bee and Wasp Killer

The combination mentioned above also works for killing bees and wasps. Add one teaspoon of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid to a water bottle and fill with water – shake it up well and spray. Bees and Wasps will die instantly as well.


Dawn is considered the number one dishwashing detergent when it comes to making homemade bubbles. The real trick for longer lasting bubbles however is to also add some glycerin (found inexpensively in most pharmacies or you can purchase it here. Mix 2/3 cup Dawn dishwashing liquid to 1 gallon of water and 2 to 3 tablespoons of glycerin for perfect bubble blowing.

Car Washing

A couple of drops of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid added to a gallon of water makes for a great car washing solution. (Beware however you might need to re-wax you car afterwards because it does that good a job) but it is totally safe for all car finishes.

Drain Cleaner

Add about 2 or 3 tablespoons of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid to a small pot of water and boil. Then gently pour the water down clogged drains. Dawn’s ability to cut through grease will help clean out the pipes and it will be gentle on pipes as well.

Eyeglass Defogger

Dawn works great for helping to keep eyeglasses fog free. Simply rub a small drop on the lenses, and wipe clean. It will leave a very thin film that will prevent them from fogging up.

Flea Killer

Dawn Dishwashing Liquid is also a great, safe and easy way to kill fleas. Mix one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle – shake it up well and spray carpets, dog beds, upholstery and floors. Fleas die instantly. After about 20 minutes – vacuum rug, dog bed, upholstery and wash floors.

Grease Stains on Clothes

Dawn is great for removing oil or grease from clothes. Simply add a drop or two to stain, rub into stain, then launder your clothes as usual.

Milk Stains

Dawn works very well for removing old milk stains. Just add a couple of drops to the stain – rub it into the stain with your fingers or an old toothbrush – then launder item as usual. This works well for milk stains on car seats and floors as well. A few drops rubbed in with a toothbrush – let sit for a few minutes – then washed up with wet sponge or wash cloth.

Oil Stains on Driveways

Dawn also works well for removing oil stains from driveways because it cuts right through it. The first thing you need to do is wet down the driveway with a hose. Pour about ¼ cup of the dishwashing liquid on the stain and brush liquid into the stain using a broom or scrub brush. Allow the dishwashing liquid to sit for about ten minutes. Then rescrub a second time. Follow up with another hose down. (Particularly stubborn stains might need a second application.)

Oily Skin

Again, due to its ability to cut grease, Dawn makes a great facial cleanser for oily skin. A drop or two combined with warm water will do the trick.

Paint or Grease Remover For Hands

Dawn Dishwashing Liquid / Corn Oil Combo. Dawn Dishwashing Liquid combined with some corn oil makes for the perfect paint or grease remover. Simply combine a little bit of both in your hand then rub it over affected areas. The corn oil and the dishwashing liquid both help to dissolve the grease and paint – yet will leave skin on hands soft unlike harsher paint removers.


Dawn Dishwashing Liquid not only makes a great shampoo in an emergency, but it actually helps remove old shampoo build up. Simply add a few drops to hair and wash hair as you normally do – then rinse out well. The liquid cuts through any grease in hair and leaves it squeaky clean.

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