6 Extraordinary Uses for Dishwashing Soap

Who knew? Dishwashing soap isn't just for scrubbing plates—see how the liquid can kill ants, beat greasy hair, and more.

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    Kill weeds kindly

    Be gentler to the environment—not so much to weeds—by using a natural plant killer rather than harmful herbicides. Mix 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with 1 cup of salt and 1 gallon of white vinegar. Pour the solution on weeds sprouting in the cracks and crevices of sidewalks, front walks, and patio pavers.

    Wash away ants

    Outdoor ants can be just as annoying as indoor ants, particularly if they've invaded the crevices in your patio where you eat. Get rid of them with a simple 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar with a dash of dishwashing liquid. (You can substitute glass cleaner for the vinegar if you want.) Spray the affected area with the mix, wait a few minutes, then happily return to your picnic.

    Green your lawn

    Fill the reservoir of a 10- or 20-gallon hose-end sprayer with water and 12-ounce can of beer or non-diet cola, 1 cup of corn syrup or molasses or household ammonia, or 1/2 cup mouthwash—and 1 cup of dishwashing liquid. The dishwashing liquid helps spread the concoction more evenly across your lawn, and as an added bonus, helps it stick to individual blades of grass. Water your lawn approximately every three weeks, and watch your neighbors turn green with envy—like your lawn.

    Keep it cool

    Clean your foam or metal mesh air conditioner filters once a month during the summer—or whenever you routinely use your AC—with dishwashing liquid. Soak the filter in a bath of warm water and dish soap, then scrub it gently with a toothbrush. Once you've removed any debris, rinse it and dry it completely. Put it back in the air conditioner, and enjoy a sweat-free day with cleaner air.

    Add life to your locks

    If your hair isn't looking so lovely, try mixing a dollop of dishwashing liquid into your shampoo. It fights grease in hair, as well as on dishes!

    Clean your blender

    Forget about taking your blender apart to wash it thoroughly. Instead, fill it partway with warm water and dishwashing detergent, cover it, and run it for a few seconds. Empty it, rinse it, air-dry it, and call it a day.


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    • rich

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    • Lightninrod69

      Kill wasps without harmful spray- a large squirt of dishwashing liquid in a quart bucket of warm water, splashed on the nest (accuracy IS important) will get rid of these pests.

    • Snapuhappy

      Here is another use for Dish washing Liquid soap! take some of the soap and put it in a clean dry rag. Rub it onto your bathroom mirrors.  It may look strange at first but with elbow grease and a bit or rubbing it in helps prevent, “fog” on them from after you shower.  Also if you have glasses the same thing for when it is cold in the winter and the steam “fogs” up your glasses do the same treatment and presto no more foggy glasses!  Don’t rinse the soap off or water it down because it will come off on it’s own, and then you should add some more once the steam comes back. Wash your glasses as needed by the way ;)