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Unexpected Uses For Dish Detergent

Unexpected Uses For Dish Detergent

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You'd be surprised how useful your ordinary dish detergent is. In fact, it goes far beyond suds in the kitchen sink! From everyday practical uses to pet care to even our own beauty needs, the power of dish detergent has been unleashed, and we don't plan on ever going back. Looking for some new suds to try? We found the top three dish detergents on Instagram:

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Liquid Dish Soap, $7.83 at Drugstore.com

Palmolive® Fusion Clean™ with Baking Soda and Lime, $2.54 at Target

Dawn Dishwashing Liquid, $11.59 at Rakuten

Now let's get cracking!

Practical uses

Homemade ice pack: It's simple—you fill a Ziploc bag about halfway with dish detergent and freeze it! After a few hours (think two to three), you'll be left with a softer ice pack that molds to whatever needs icing!

Grease stain remover/laundry pretreat: A little goes a long way in this hack. If you get a stain on any of your clothes (grease stains in particular), you simply set the stained area by putting a drop or two of your dish detergent right on it and rubbing the fabric together to really work in the grease-fighting power! Rinse with water and let it air dry or simply wash normally!

Shoe cleaner: If your favorite canvas sneakers have some stubborn spots, feel free to work some dish detergent into the stains and rinse accordingly.

Pet shampoo: In an old shampoo bottle, mix dish detergent with water (about half and half) for an at-home extreme mess remedy for your furry friends. Use like you would normally use pet shampoo. Note: Make this an occasional swap for cleaning your pet not a complete replacement!


Beauty Uses

Alternative to shampoo: Similar to the pet shampoo example, this is for extremely dirty hair that seems to never get clean. Again, dish detergent isn't a shampoo replacement, but rather a supplement for an occasional deep cleanse. 

Manicure savior: The grease-fighting power will rid your nailbeds of extra oils (that could normally make them resistant to nail polish). Another note: Your cuticles will be oh-so-soft and ready to be pushed back and cut after letting them sit covered in the soap. 

Facial cleanser: In a spray bottle, add a few drops of dish detergent to water and shake it up. Since our faces can be very sensitive, it's best to only use this in cases of makeup that's extremely hard to get off, or if you're in need or a deep, anti-grease cleanse. We recommend testing a spot on your hand before applying to your face!

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