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Different Ways You Can Use Dishwashing Liquid

Dishwashing liquid is a staple in everyone’s home that most of us don’t think about very often. Did you know that it has so many more uses than getting grease and grime off dishes? Who would’ve thought that a little bottle of liquid could be the magic cure for many problems around the home?


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Different ways you can use dishwashing liquid

We’ve created some dishwashing guidelines on alternative uses for dishwashing liquid, that you probably didn’t even know about. Read our guide to find out more and also to find out why we think Sunlight Dishwashing Products are the best kids on the block.

5 Different Ways to Use Dishwashing Liquid

From cleaning floors to washing your hair (when you really have to), dishwashing liquid is a versatile product that has 101 uses in the home. We’ve put together a list of six of the most common alternative dishwashing liquid uses for you to try at home.

#1 - Cleaning Uses

The list of dishwashing liquid uses in cleaning is endless! The good news is that you don’t need to buy hundreds of different cleaning products. Dishwashing liquid can just about be used anywhere you need to clean. Let’s have a look at a few that will change your life forever:

  • Mopping the floors - it takes just a few drops in your bucket of water to get floors sparkling clean.

  • Countertops - wipe counters with a few drops of dishwashing liquid and water and voila – shiny counters in no time.

  • Windows - the best and easiest way to keep your windows streak free is to mix a few drops into warm water and away you go.

  • Bathrooms - using a spray bottle, mix equal amounts of dishwashing liquid and white vinegar and give it a good shake. This magic mixture can be used on the sink, basins and toilet. Spray generously and leave for about 15 minutes. No need to scrub any of the surfaces, just wipe with a warm, clean cloth for best results.

#2 - Laundry Uses

The benefits of using dishwashing liquid doesn’t end there. Here are more tips and tricks to help you with your laundry.

  • Grease stains - m

    essed greasy food on your shirt? Don’t stress, it’s not too late to save it. Rub dishwashing liquid onto the spot and leave overnight to do its work. Wash normally with your first load of the day to see great results.

  • Washing delicate garments – don’t worry that your

    delicate garments are going to be ruined by harsh cleaning products. It takes only 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid in a basin of water to keep them clean and protect them from any damage.

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#3 - Beauty Uses

You might be wondering how you could possibly use dishwashing liquid as part of your beauty routine. Sounds crazy but here is a list of ways.

  • Manicures - it’s so frustrating when you have a manicure and within days the nail polish starts to chip. This could be due to the natural oils in your nails preventing nail polish from sticking onto your nails. The easy solution is to mix a drop of dishwashing liquid into hot water and soak your nails for 5 minutes. Dry your hands well and then apply your favourite nail polish that will last for days.

  • Washing your hair - dishwashing liquid goes a long way in fighting greasy situations. Should you be having a bad hair day, washing your hair with dishwashing liquid followed by washing with your normal shampoo will help sort out the situation.

  • Washing hairbrushes - soak your brushes in hot water with a drop of dishwashing liquid. Your brushes will come out as good as new.

  • Glasses and sunglasses - glasses fogging up will be a thing of the past with this cleaning trick. Rub a drop of dishwashing liquid onto the lenses and wipe clean. No need to rinse them. It’s the film created by the dishwashing liquid that prevents them from fogging up.

#4 - Outside Use

It’s a never-ending list, here are more dishwashing liquid uses you might not know of.

  • Cleaning Patio Furniture - outside furniture gets dirty and grimy in no time being outside, facing the elements. Mix a few drops of dishwashing liquid into warm water and wipe down the furniture. A good rinse with the garden hose will leave your furniture clean and dust free.

  • Removing oil stains from driveways - you might think the oil stains on driveways will be impossible to remove. Cover the stain in a thick layer of baking soda and then pour a generous amount of dishwashing liquid over and leave it to stand. After a few hours, use a strong brush to scrub the spot. Repeat this a few times and see the spot disappear.

  • Killing Weeds - you won’t need to use expensive chemicals on your grass or driveway to get rid of those pesky weeds. A spray bottle works best for this. Mix together a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, a cup of salt and 3.5 litres of water. Don’t be shy, spray this on weeds anywhere for quick results.

  • Remove pests - spraying a mixture of 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with water onto these pests kills them almost instantly. If you’re struggling with your pets bringing fleas into your house, safely spray your carpets and upholstery with a few drops of dishwashing liquid and water. Once this has dried, you can vacuum up the residue and all the fleas along with it.

  • Protect your house plants – keep plants bug free has never been easier. Spray your houseplants with a mixture of a few drops of dishwashing liquid and water to protect them.

Did you ever imagine that dishwashing liquid could have so many uses? Always follow the dishwashing liquid directions for use when washing your dishes, but you can now use these inexpensive and helpful guidelines to help you keep your home, garden and most importantly, yourself, looking great.


Can I use dishwashing liquid to clean the floor?

Yes, you can. Just a few drops mixed with water turns sticky floors into sparkling floors.

Can I use dishwashing liquid to clean oven?

Dishwashing liquid is amazing at removing grease and will be perfect to clean your oven. Mix a few drops in hot water for easy cleaning.

Why should I put dish soap in the toilet at night?

Pouring hot water and dishwashing liquid into your toilet at night can help unclog the drain as it assists in dissolving particles that might not have made it all the way down.

Is dishwashing liquid flammable?

No, on its own, dishwashing liquid is not flammable.

Can dishwashing liquid be dissolved in water?

Yes, when added to water, dishwashing liquid dissolves. Read our blog to see the many ways you can use it.

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