15 Alternative Uses for Dish Liquid 

1. Hair Product Remover

Over time, the hair products we use build up in out hair and don’t get totally washed out. To help reduce hair product buildup, ever 4 weeks or so, wash your hair with dish soap as your shampoo. I personally find this a little drying on my hair so need to follow up with a lot of conditioner – which probably defeats the purpose, but, dish soap was handy in removing the ‘grey tinge’ i experiences when I used the wrong type of blonde hair dye on my hair.

2. Emergency Hair Cleanup

If your kids (or you) get something grease-based in their hair, like gum or a sticky toy, you can use dish soap to help clean it out! Just put a little dish soap on your fingertips, and rub it onto the sticky stuff, using your fingers or a comb to nudge the gunk out.

3. Weed Killer

One of the more interesting ways to use Dawn dish soap is as a weed killer! A mixture of Dawn (1/2 teaspoon), salt (1/2 cup), and white cleaning vinegar (1/2 gallon) can help keep weeds under control. You can spray or pour it directly on the offending plants, being sure to avoid any of the plants you want to keep!

4. Ant Killer

Yet another of the many ways to use dish soap is as an ant killer! All you need to do is put a teaspoon or two of the soap in a spray bottle full of water, mix it up by shaking it around, then spray any ants you see. It’s a little mean, but in post-earthquake Christchurch there has definitely been an increase in the number of ants around our home and this is a safer alternative that won’t harm my kids.

5. Keep Away Houseplant Bugs

No one wants to see bugs on their houseplants! To keep them away, put a few drops of dish soap in a spray bottle filled with water, shake to mix it up, then spray your houseplants’ leaves.

6. Make Your Own Ice Packs

There’s no need to buy an ice pack! Instead, get a freezable, leak proof bag, fill it with dish soap, then freeze it. When you need it, use it until it starts to melts, then re-freeze. It may be worth ‘double bagging’ it just to avoid messes.

 7. Glasses Defogger

If you wear glasses, it’s likely that you get irritated with how your glasses can fog up from time to time. To prevent this, rub a drop of dish soap on each lens of your glasses, then wipe them clean. The film that’s left behind will be hardly noticeable, and will keep your glasses from fogging!

 8. Homemade Window Cleaner

One of the best ways to use dish soap is in a homemade window cleaner recipe! All you need is a water, a teaspoon of vinegar and 1 drop of dish soap in a spray bottle. Use this mixture like you would your usual window cleaner!

9. Clean Outdoor Furniture

Over time, your outdoor furniture  likely has gotten a little dirty, especially if it’s made of plastic. To get it clean again, mix a little dish soap with some warm water, and wipe down your furniture. Then rinse your furniture clean with a hose.

10. Find Holes in Tyres

If you suspect that one of your tyres is leaking air due to a puncture, mix some dish soap with water and cover the tire with the mixture. If you see an area with bubbles, that’s where the air is escaping. Knowing this, you can patch the leak, or draw a chalk circle around it and take it to a professional to fix!

 11. Door Lubricant

A few drops of dish soap on squeaky hinge is an easy way to stop a squeaky door. You can also use it to lubricate the tracks of sliding doors.

12. Kids Pool Cleaner

If you’re in the habit of cleaning your kids’ blow up pool with bleach, you’ll find your pools don’t last as long, dish soap won’t weaken the plastic on the kids pool, so use it instead.

13. Spot Stain Remover

Before putting an item that has a grease stain in the wash, I rub a little dish soap and water on the spot and then throw it in the washing machine. Once dry, you can no longer spot where the spot even was!

14. Silly Putty

You can make a kids ‘silly putty‘ out of dish soap mixed with a little corn starch!


15. Clean your kitchen and bathroom floors

To transform a bucket of warm water into a helpful floor cleanser, just add two tablespoons of dish liquid. Use the solution on vinyl or tile flooring.

Have you ever used dish soap for anything other than the dishes?