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Household Hacks: Amazing Ways to Use Dish Soap

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The fourth edition of 'Household Hacks' is all about alternative ways to use the dish soap you have previously reserved for your dirty dishes. Grab a pen and paper and take notes! We’re about to give you some money-saving tips you’re not going to want to forget.

Bye-bye buildup

Although hair products can help create wonders with our hair, regular use of them can also result in a buildup of excess oil and product on our scalp and in our hair. Once a month, wash your hair with dish soap (as you would with shampoo) for a deep cleansing effect. It is a safe, easy, and inexpensive way to remove the buildup so you can continue on with styling your locks!

Pesky pest repellent

It’s safe to say that we have all had a battle or two with unwanted intruders in our homes. The solution (pun intended) is a simple mixture of water and dish soap. Fill a water bottle with mostly water and two drops of dish soap. Shake well and spray away! This solution is safe to spray on house plants that may be attracting pests such as aphids (a.k.a. “plant lice”) and spider mites. While you’re at it, you can spray your countertops and other areas in your kitchen and wipe them dry. The invisible layer of dish soap is harmless to people but ants hate it!

DIY ice pack

No ice pack? No problem! You can fill a freezer bag with dish soap and freeze it to create your own! Dish soap stays frozen for a longer period of time than water and can easily be re-frozen for future use. You’re welcome!

Stain savior

This is an “oldie-but-goodie”. Dish soap is one of the best solutions to a clothing-stain catastrophe. Grease from pizza drip on your blouse? Oil from your salad get on your jeans? Immediately rub the area with dish soap and water to battle the stain and keep it from setting into the fabric. Blot the area with dish soap and let it sit overnight. The next day, wash your stained clothes as you normally would and prepare to be amazed!

Toilet troubles?

A clogged-toilet is one of the more stressful mishaps that nobody wants to deal with. If you don’t have a plunger or liquid clog remover on hand, dish soap will do the trick. Pour a cup of dish soap into the toilet and let it sit for about 15 minutes before following with a bucket of hot water. Phew, crisis averted!

Bubble bonanza

The secret to those giant bubbles you see at carnivals and children’s museums? You guessed it—it’s dish soap! Mix a ½ cup of dish soap, a ½ gallon of warm water, and one tablespoon of glycerin (available at most drug stores). Stir them gently together and skim the layer of foam off the top of the solution. You can find giant bubble-wands online or make your own at home!
 

What are YOUR dish soap hacks? Share with us your tips in the comments!

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