10 Uses for Dawn Dish Soap

10 Uses For Dawn Dish Soap

You may have fond memories of Dawn dish soap as a kid. It seemed as though every household had it and used it. While you might remember your parents using Dawn dish soap to get dishes squeaky clean, did you know it can be used in other ways as well? Take a look below at 10 uses for Dawn dish soap that you can try. You may never look at this blue liquid the same way again!

1. Make mega bubbles.
Dawn dishwashing liquid makes amazing bubbles. To make your own mega bubble solution, simply mix 1/2 cup of dawn with 1/2 gallon of warm water. To make them even more mega, add a tablespoon of Karo syrup.

2. Remove price tag residue.
Dawn does a great job at removing price tag residue. If you buy items at thrift stores or garage sales and they have residue on them, just dab on some Dawn and rinse.

3. Enjoy a cheap manicure.
Add a few drops of Dawn to a dish of warm water and let your fingers soak in it. Your nail beds and cuticles will soften right up and your nails will get clean.

4. Bathe your pets.
Many pet owners swear that Dawn is better than any pet soap you can buy. It will remove grime and grease and can even fight fleas.

5. Protect your plants.
Fill a spray bottle with water and add a teaspoon of Dawn dish soap. Spray any plants where pests seem to be a problem. IT will help get rid of old pests and help keep new ones away.

6. Unclog drains.
If your drains are clogged as a result of beauty products and grease, Dawn can help loosen the clog up. Just pour 1/2 a cup directly into the drain, let sit for 20 minutes, then run warm water.

7. Clean oil stains in clothing.
If you get oil on your clothing, pretreat the stain by rubbing a few drops of Dawn into it. Then, just wash as usual.

8. De-Fog your mirrors.
Wipe over mirrors with a thin layer of Dawn dish soap. Wipe clean. A layer will remain in place that will protect the glass from fog.

9. Clean outdoor furniture.
When dirt and grime builds up on outdoor furniture, banish it with some Dawn dish soap. Just fill a bucket with warm water and 1/2 a cup of soap and start scrubbing.

10. Wash away hair product residue.
After time, the hair products you use can build up and make your hair dull. Shampoo your hair with a little Dawn dish soap just as you would shampoo, and it will take all of the build up away.

See how practical Dawn dish soap can be? Give these 10 ways to use Dawn dish soap a try in your own home and see what sort of results you can get.

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  1. Janine Huldie

    I had a clogged drain earlier this past week and wish I would have known this before I called the plumber. Great suggestions though.

  2. Fi Ní Neachtáin

    I’ve never heard of the Dawn brand before. It’s great that it gets rid of price tag residue because I can never get it off the vases I buy.

  3. Rosey

    I’ve often wondered what would get the oil stains out of clothes. Great tip list. And Happy Easter to you!

  4. Astrid

    Good to know all these original uses for Dawn dish soap. Those giant bubbles are great! Sounds good to have a Dawn dish soap manicure too.

  5. Liz Mays

    What’s summer without bubbles? I need to try it!

  6. Jeanine

    I love dawn. The many uses it has is just fantastic! I use blue dawn which is beyond words amazing I have even used it to get rid of fleas when my darn cat went outside for a few hours and came back with some friends. It’s awesome.

  7. Pam

    We’ve used it for fleas before too. It was surprising how well it worked.

  8. indah nuria Savitri

    still use it till now and it’s just lovely!

  9. R U S S

    Geesh, why is it that we don’t have Dawn Dish Soap here? One of its features that I really really like is that it can remove price tag residue. It can be tedious removing price tag residue and it’s annoying when they won’t come off. I normally use oil and hot water to remove them, but I guess if we have Dawn Dish Soap here, my life is going to be a lot easier.

  10. Jessica Beal Harlow

    I love Dawn! There are sometimes cheaper brands, but they are just that and don’t do half a good a job. I love the tip about cleaning up your indoor plants with it!

  11. My Journey With Candida

    My Daughter has sensitive skin and Dawn is one of the only brands she buys.

  12. Jennifer

    I love Dawn. I use it for dishes AND for cleaning the bathroom and the tile floors. It works awesome. You just have to make sure you dry the floors thoroughly, or you’ll have your own indoor skating rink.

  13. Kita Bryant

    I love dawn and have some right now. I didn’t know about the manicure and the clogging of the drain. I need to pin this so I can make sure I utilize my dawn to the fullest.

  14. yumeating

    Dawn is one of the best budget friendly cleaners!

  15. Checking In

    wow I’ve never heard of this product before, it definitely sounds like one to look out for!

  16. kristimaloney

    A little Dawn mixed with water is good for cleaning windows too. Use a squeegee and it works great. Great tips!

  17. Jennifer

    My mom told me about that one. I was like, “No way. I’ll keep my Windex.” Guess what? She was right – again. It’s so much cheaper to use soapy water to get the windows clean.

  18. Nancy

    What! News to me! Totally wouldn’t have thought to bathe my dog in dawn dish soap, that’s wicked.

  19. Tami @ ThisMomsDelight

    I knew Dawn dish soap was good for getting grease out of clothing, but not all of these great ideas. I will be making my little guy some bubbles.

  20. Qoftwignberry (@Qoftwignberry)

    I absolutely love Dawn soap…especially in the wake of oil spills and whatnot. Can’t wait to try out the mega bubble recipe…my boys will love you if it works!Amandahttp://www.queenofthelandoftwigsnberries.com

  21. Rebecca Swenor

    I love Dawn dish soap. This is a great list of things you can do with it. I use it all the time to get grease out of my clothing. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Alissa Apel

    You have a lot of tips that I never thought about. I should try some of these!

  23. Tammilee Tips

    I had never heard of some of these uses of Dawn before!! I need to try some of these out!

  24. thelesleyshow

    My daughter was just asking me today if she could make bubbles out of the dish soap. Lots of good uses for Dawn, brings back memories.

  25. mommiesquietplace: 22qmandy

    I have sensitive skin where I break out with the harsher dish soaps and Dawn is one dish soap I never react to. We had that BP oil spill in the Kalamazoo River and the team that was cleaning up the River used Dawn dish soap.

  26. toughcookiemommy

    I’ve always loved Dawn, especially after I saw that it was gentle enough to use on the marine animals that get oil on them from oil spills. It works great but doesn’t strip my hands of moisture.

  27. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    I always wash my counters with dish soap, but I didn’t know there were so many other uses for it, as well.

  28. My Journey With Candida

    I use Dawn and have even used it for a few of the things you have listed. But, you taught me something new. I am going to try it in my slow bathroom drain and see what happens. Can’t hurt!

  29. The Trophy WifeStyle

    I had a hair stylist years ago that use to ask me to wash my hair with dawn before coming in to get my hair colored. She claimed it was better than most clarifying shampoos at getting product buildup out!

  30. lisa @bitesforbabies

    Works like a charm to get stains out…my mom told me try it and I use it all the time now!

  31. Theresa

    I always have a bottle on hand in my laundry room! Jason is forever getting greasy good on his clothes and it works like a charm to get it out!

  32. Heather

    I use it for lots of things. That dish soap has lots of purposes. Haven’t done the bubbles yet though.

  33. Aprill

    These are some really cool tips. I dont know why it did not dawn on me that Dawn could be used to unclog a drain, but it makes perfect sense!

  34. Badet Siazon (@badudets)

    I love it when products have multiple uses. Saves a lot of money. Thanks for these practical tips.

  35. John Lopez

    Thank you for sharing wise tips rom your post, this is really great my wife would like it.

  36. ascendingbutterfly

    It’s funny when I was younger most of my friends families used Palmolive and we used Dawn, I still use Dawn these are some interesting uses for them! I have never tried it to bathe a pet before, will have to try that!Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  37. Chubskulit Rose

    These are all very interesting tips. I did not know that you can use it to de-fog mirrors. I will try your tips with pets and plants. Yep, Dawn is really god in unclogging toilets, we do that too.

  38. Michele D

    Wonderful tips! Some I didn’t even know existed until this post. Love the brand Dawn, use their dish washing soap all the time.

  39. becca112971

    What cool tips. I didnt know about the clog drain or the hair residue. Must try both.

  40. Bonnie @ wemake7

    What a awesome list! We use Dawn a lot but haven’t tried some of these yet. I think I’m going to try using it in my hair tonight.

  41. NutriFitMama

    Ok, I had no idea there were so many uses for Dawn dish soap! Thanks for the list!

  42. Emerald

    Dawn is what we used in my house growing up and I still use it today. My husband looks at me crazy when I use this soap to clean our bathroom..lol!!

  43. Saidah Washington (@ApronsStilletos)

    I’ve never thought to use it on my hair. I’d think it was too harsh, but to wash away residue sounds like it could make sense.

  44. savoryexperiments

    I use Dawn on my indoor lemon tree, Grover (yes, it has a name), it helps keep indoor mites off and cleanses away the dust. I also love the smell!

  45. Dawn

    This is so cool! I had no idea you could use Dawn for a cheap manicure. You, my dear, are just full of ideas. =D

  46. listen2mama

    Yup these are all great uses. I know people who use it for their manicures, because it’s so soft.

  47. Natalie Z

    Thanks for the suggestions especially the unclogging drains! My husbands shave stuff always builds up in ours.

  48. thelesleyshow

    I never knew this one, that’s very cool. I’ll have to use this next time the sink clogs.

  49. Jenna Wood

    My father has worn white work uniforms since I was a small child- he swears by Dawn to pre treat stains. As for me, I was always a fan of the mega bubbles trick.

  50. jessica m

    So many great uses for Dawn – its what we usually use in our house unless my husband goes shopping

  51. Liz Mays

    I never thought about dish soap for oil stains on clothes. I’m excited to try it!

  52. Melissa Pezza

    Thanks for these great tips! I had no idea I could unclog a drain with Dawn. That’s really cool!

  53. Debbie Denny

    Awesome uses. I only use Dawn in my house.

  54. Ourfamilyworld (@OurFamilyWorld)

    Totally agree. I love that it removes oil stains

  55. Mama to 5 BLessings

    I pinned this because they are such great ideas! Dawn is definitely my preferred brand!

  56. kendallrayburnKen

    Price tag gunk is my worst enemy! LOL. I love using dish soap to get it off!

  57. wpeverythingmomandbaby

    I have to get a bottle to have on hand for back up!

  58. Christie

    I always have a bottle on hand! Will have to make mega bubbles with the kids soon, thanks!

  59. Ourfamilyworld (@OurFamilyWorld)

    Those are amazing uses. I would have never thought to use it for my plants. Good to know

  60. yumeating

    My mother used blue Dawn for everything when I was growing up. She couldn’t use a lot of the cleaners on the market so she made her own with Dawn , vinegar and sometimes baking soda. I use to too. Works pretty good.

  61. ruthzankic

    I didn’t know about removing the tag. I do a lot of thrift store shopping and I hate the tags that they leave on.

  62. candyolivares

    What a great list! I loathe taking the tag of something and it leaving the residue. I’ll use Dawn next time!

  63. Paula Schuck

    I didn’t know about a lot of these but I’ll be trying them out for sure! Thanks for sharing!

  64. msposh2013

    Great tips. I have used it to treat those nasty grubs.

  65. Kathy Spencer

    Hey! Glad to have found you’re site! I am also a Masshole and blogger! ; )

  66. jenny temcio at dapperhouse

    Awesome idea to bathe my greasy haired dog with Dawn! I never thought of that… so now I can use it to give him a bath and then to unclog the drain right after! Thanks.

  67. Travel Blogger

    We still havent got a chance to make mega bubbles. im going to have to do that over spring break

  68. Our Piece of Earth

    I love Dawn. My boyfriend buys cheap stuff and it definitely isn’t the same.

  69. Aimee Fauci

    I clean my tile floors with it! I hear it is not as harsh as floor cleaner. Works great.

  70. Kathy

    That’s so neat that you can use it for so many things. Making bubbles is one of our favorites. We usually use Dawn soap to make them as well!

  71. Jesica H

    WOW! There were ton of ideas I never thought of! Making bubbles though is still our favorite over here!

  72. Carly Anderson (@lipglosscrayons)

    We always use Dawn to make our bubbles, it makes the BEST ones! And my daughter is in a bubble obsessed stage!

  73. Carol Bryant

    I have also heard it is good to repel ants but I don’t know where I heard that. The other things here sound fantastic – ty for the list.

  74. Marybeth Hamilton

    My mom regularly uses dish soap for shampoo. When I’ve used it in the past Dawn has been the best clarifying shampoo for my hair! I also love using Dawn for homemade bubbles!

  75. tammi

    Wow, blown away – most of those, I had no idea! Such a game changer!

  76. thriftyjinxy

    Great ideas! Now that spring is here I want to try making those mega bubbles!

  77. Pam

    I hate price tag residue. I had no idea you could take it off with Dawn.

  78. Amy Desrosiers

    I have used Dawn for almost all of them ways above!! It is my go-to when I am out of a cleaner or soap.

  79. Kelly Hutchinson

    I have used Dawn for bubbles but did not know you could use it for your plants or for removing those pesky price tags.

  80. Felissa @ Two Little Cavaliers

    I had no idea that it could unclog drains! I am definitely going to have to try that next time.

  81. pamatiw

    Dawn is a great product. I found a “recipe” a few months back which consists of Dawn,
    lemon juice and vinegar. It works really well on showers and on ovens.

  82. Mama to 5 BLessings

    Every now and then I squirt some down my kitchen sink drain and turn the garage disposal on for a nice clean!

  83. Amber NElson

    We always have a bottle on hand. Love all these uses!

  84. irishred13

    I had no idea it took off price tag residue. Good to know!

  85. Taralyn

    You saved me today! My kids used up all of the bubbles from Easter and I was looking for a homemade version so I didn’t have to go to the store. Totally using dawn now!

  86. shaunatorres

    Really? On plants? Who knew??? Thanks so much for sharing. This is a great list!

  87. Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas

    Dawn really is a do-it-all product! I love that I can use it to strip cloth diapers AND make fun mega-bubbles!

  88. Kiwi

    Wow this is an interesting list! I would of never thought to clean your plants with it!!! Informative!

  89. maggiesblog2

    Wow, I didnT know about most of these! I knew about the pet one only! I’m going to make those mega bubbles this summer for sure!

  90. Stefany

    Yes to all of these! What great ideas here!

  91. lisamc7

    This is something I always have on hand! My kids are going to enjoy lots of mega bubbles this Spring/Summer!

  92. The Pinterested Parent

    How interesting. We use Dawn sometimes. It is usually whatever is on sale. Lol! I never knew that there were so many uses though.

  93. Swa-Rai (@swaraiblog)

    I’ve always heard Dawn had multiple uses, never thought it had this many. Thanks for the info, i’m going to try a few of these.

  94. Ann BAcciaglia

    What a fantastic list of tips! I had no idea that you could use Dawn to unclog a drain, Guess what I am doing tomorrow.

  95. Vera Sweeney

    These are amazing uses for Dawn dish soap!! I had no idea you could use Dawn as drain cleaner.

  96. Nina Say

    I knew there were a lot of uses, but not this many. This is pretty cool.

  97. Sarah Marturano

    What?!? I had no clue about most of these! Window defogger? That’s awesome!

  98. Dawn

    We use Dawn dish soap to clean our dogs! It is honestly a miracle cure for dogs with fleas. It worked amazingly!

  99. Stacey- Travel Blogger

    I love Dawn. It didn’t realize it had so many amazing uses.

  100. Courtney

    I never would have thought of these. Did you know that Dawn also kills fleas? Or so I read.

  101. [email protected]

    I think I used Dawn when my dog got sprayed by a skunk. Good times.

  102. Aimee

    There is no substitute for Dawn! I use it on clothing all the time!

  103. Autumn @Mamachallenge

    I would have never thought about using Dawn to unclog a drain and keep my mirrors from fogging! Thanks for sharing!

  104. Aubrey

    So many uses for Dawn. Some I knew, and others I didn’t. Thanks for sharing.

  105. Alice Chase

    Dawn dish soap is amazing stuff! My husband is allergic to poison ivy so anytime he goes camping he takes a bottle with hi to shower with and wash any plant oils off. Dawn is the best for this.

  106. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    Price tag residue is so hard to remove. I need Dawn in my life, I wish it’s available internationally.

  107. Victoria

    This is an interesting article. I would have never thought of using it for hair product residue.

  108. Mary Larsen

    I had no idea Dawn could do so much! I’m going to have to try a bunch of these ideas!

  109. katrinagehman

    I never would have thought of a few of those options, very cool.

  110. rachelle

    I didn’t know you could use it to soften your cuticles!! That’s awesome!

  111. Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest

    I always loved using Dawn to make bubbles! I passed many summer days doing just that!

  112. Aisha Kristine Chong

    Its awesome to know it can actually clean up your nail polishes quite nicely haha!

  113. carmyy

    I love Dawn! I totally had a panic attack when I thought there were fleas on my pup and my friend told me to use Dawn. Luckily it was a false alarm.

  114. Angie K

    how did i not know about this? This is a great posy because half of these ways I never even knew and I defiantly needed to know about. Esp to unclog a drain & presoak oil stains! Thanks so much!

  115. mommye

    These are some great ideas to use Dawn with! I have used it to take out stains before in my clothes.

  116. Janeane Davis

    These are all great ideas for maling the dish liquid a multi-purpose tool.

  117. ronleyba (@ronley_ph)

    A soap that can be used in a lot of ways is a must have for me. Hopefully, I can get one of this at our local stores.

  118. Yona Williams

    OOO – I am so using Dawn to remove price tag residue. That sticky crapola really gets on my nerves!

  119. Mama to 5 BLessings

    I use Dawn to strip my cloth diapers from soap build up. Works like a charm.

  120. Krystal's Kitsch

    Mega bubbles sounds like a LOT of fun! I’ve been using Dawn for a lot of things forever now. It’s so easy!

  121. Rorybore

    I have used it as bubbles, on my hair and nails, and on my plants. Haven’t tried the mirror defog – that sounds good.
    I also mix a couple of drops of Dawn soap into a shallow dish of apple cider vinegar, place it on my kitchen counter == great fruit fly trap!!! it’s amazing; they love it.
    it also will work outside in those wasp catchers too.

  122. casavilorainteriors

    I use the remove label residue idea quite a bit. Imagine when I am installing a project and there are a million labels to remove. Dish soaps works so well

  123. Dhemz Apdian Dias

    gotta love some of these ideas…thanks for sharing!

  124. mmgmom

    I love it when a product can be used for more than it’s intended purpose. Thanks for these ideas.

  125. chrissy4gordon24

    I only use Dawn, it works great! I’ve also used it for my cats fleas and it killed them instantly.

  126. Lisa Rios

    Sounds like a great product. This is the first time I have heard about this dawn brand. I am really amazes how the dawn dish soap can be used in many ways, especially I love that it helps removing the oil stain in clothes. Will have to check this out for sure.

  127. Myrabev

    I am not familiar with this product but sounds like a good one to have with so many uses, you gat me on manicure lol

  128. eliz frank

    It is impressive what one can do with dish washing soap. I love your creative list.

  129. Alison

    Awesome list! I didn’t know you could do all this with Dawn, especially the drain cleaner!

  130. toxict15

    I have used dawn for almost all of these…but pet washing. going to try that

  131. alexisakamom0616

    OHHH Great tips!! I am definitely going to try some of these.

  132. Laurie - Steals and Deals for Kids

    Dawn is definitely my favorite dish soap! I knew some of these ideas (like the bubbles one) but I learned some new ones, too (like washing pets and using it as a drain cleaner!) Thanks for the tips!!

  133. tweenselmom

    Now that is a multipurpose dish washing soap! How nice!

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