Dawn dish soap isn’t just for washing your dishes. It’s a much more versatile product than you might realize. The uses for Dawn soap span far and wide and will blow your mind. Check them out!

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Don’t you just love life hacks? I’m talking about those hacks using common ingredients or products that actually make life easier or save time.

Yep, I love any tips and tricks that help me save time doing the things I HAVE to do so that I can actually devote time to doing the things I WANT to do.

I constantly have a running list of ideas and hacks to use – and share! I’ve been hearing about Dawn dish soap hacks for years and collecting ideas for a while now, and today, I’m sharing them with you.

Dawn Dish Soap Life Hacks

Have you seen the things you can do with Dawn soap? Everything from cleaning grease stains to making bubbles is on this list. Let’s dive right in.

Homemade Bubbles | DIY Network

Before I discovered this use for Dawn soap, I must have spent a small fortune on bubble solution for my kids to blow bubbles (and spill down the driveway). Now I make my own DIY bubbles and don’t care nearly as much if the kids spill it.

floating bubbles

Eliminate Sticky Goop From Hair | Homesteading

When you regularly use gel, hairspray, and other products in your hair, over time they leave a buildup that regular shampoo doesn’t get rid of. Clean your hair once in a while with blue Dawn dish soap to remove excess oils and product buildup.

Dawn also works to remove baby oil, silly putty, vaseline (and more!) from children’s hair. 

Best Window Cleaner Ever | She Wears Many Hats

Tired of going through piles of paper towels and scrubbing your windows only to later find streaks? So annoying! It won’t be a problem anymore with this mind-blowing DIY window cleaner using just a little bit of Dawn soap.

Keep Houseplants Free of Pests | Gardening Know-How

Make your own insecticidal soap to repel common houseplant pests using ingredients found around the home, including water and Dawn dish soap.

Kiddie Pool Cleaner | The Simple Parent

Ick – kiddie pools are a blast for the kiddos but moms know they get grimy and gunky quickly. Unfortunately, using bleach and other harsh cleansers makes the plastic more brittle over time.

Instead of using harsh chemicals and cleansers, drain the pool and clean it with a little bit of Dawn dish soap and a sponge.

blue plastic kiddie pool with dawn soap and a hose

Clean Grease Stains Off Your Driveway | Pro.com

We all get them – oil and grease spills on the driveway. Let Dawn soap do the heavy lifting for you to get rid of them.

Prevent Poison Ivy | Very Well Fit

Dawn soap excels at removing grease and oil. That includes removing the toxic oils from poison ivy, oak and sumac plants from your skin after you come in contact with them.

The key is to wash the affected area quickly after exposure. Never suffer from poison ivy again!

Clean Foggy Eyeglass Lenses | Good Housekeeping

For anyone who wears glasses (or sunglasses), having foggy lenses is one of those facts of life. Get the upper hand in your battle against foggy lenses by cleaning them with Dawn dish soap.

Get Rid Of Ants | Frugal and Thrifty

Having an ant invasion can be a nightmare. Now, you can use 3 common household ingredients (including Dawn soap) to obliterate the problem.

dawn soap, mouthwash, hydrogen peroxide, and a spray bottle holding all three combined

Degrease Tools | Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons

Are you noticing a pattern? Dawn is a highly effective degreaser while still being gentle enough to not be abrasive or cause harm.

Soak your tools in soapy hot water and the Dawn will practically melt the grease right off.

DIY Reusable Ice Pack | One Good Thing

Use Dawn dish soap to partially fill a heavy-duty Ziploc bag. The dish soap will stay cooler longer, conform to the injury, and can be refrozen many times. Genius!

Reusable ice packs are so expensive – this is a very affordable alternative.

Ziploc baggie with Dawn soap in it

Unclog a Toilet | Bob Villa

Pour some Dawn soap down your clogged toilet and let it sit for a few minutes. Most of the time, it will loosen up and lubricate the clog so that when you follow up the soap with hot water, the clog will just slide down the drain.

cleaning a toilet with dawn dish soap

Get Rid of Stains in Your Mattress | The Krazy Coupon Lady

Finally! An effective way to REALLY eliminate those stains. Just spray your mattress with this recipe and let it sit so the Dawn can do its magic.

Once your mattress is dry, simply vacuum and there ya go: clean mattress.

mattress cleaner collage

Catch Fruit Flies | The Simple Parent

Those small flying insects are ultra annoying and super hard to catch…until now. Put some apple cider vinegar and a few drops of Dawn into a small bowl and let it sit out.

The vinegar will attract the flies while the Dawn traps them!

Weed Killer | My Heavenly Recipes

Everyone’s got them: weeds. Ditch the commercial chemicals and make your own effective DIY weed killer with Dawn dish soap, white vinegar, and Epsom salt.

Just make sure to spray those pesky weeds on a hot, sunny summer afternoon instead of first thing in the morning when they are still covered with dew.

dawn soap, white vinegar and epsom salt bag

Remove Soap Scum | This Tiny Blue House

Dawn and white vinegar make a very effective combo for naturally removing soap scum. Spray it on and let it sit. Then, do a quick rub down and rinse for a clean shower!

DIY Garden Bug Spray | Creative Homemaking

I remember my grandmother using this method to keep bugs off of her tomato and pepper plants (that was all she grew). Keep aphids and other bugs away from your garden by spraying the plants down with soapy water. (no image)

There you go! Given all that this powerhouse can do, it’s worth keeping a supply of blue Dawn soap on hand at all times. Who knew that Dawn dish soap could be used in so many amazing ways? Well, now YOU do!

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