20 Best Dish Soap Hacks To Make Life Easier

From unclogging your toilet to making an ice pack, dish soap is useful in many instances. Here are the 20 best tips that you should know. Click on and try to catch up right away!

1. Fix Squeaky Hinges

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Dealing with a squeaky hinge in your home is not easy as it seems, as many lubricants that can take care of the problem give off toxic gas. Therefore, you'd better reach for your dish soap rather than harsh chemicals. Simply rub a little on the hinge and wait for the annoying squeal to disappear. Hard to believe, right?

2. Clean Kitchen Cabinets

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We all agree that kitchen cabinets are quick to collect grease and food splatters and can be challenging to scrub off over time. However, things can be made much easier if you turn to dish soap. Mix dish soap with hot water, then use a cloth to clean the cabinets, and you'll find they are amazingly as good as new. 

3. Unclog Toilets

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Clogged toilets are no stranger to most families. Though they are tough to deal with, you can easily take care of the problem with dish soap. Just pour half a cup of dish soap into the toilet and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then use a bucket of hot water to flush it down the drain, and your pipes will be free from all that yucky debris.

4. Clean Tub And Bathroom Tiles

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Dish soap can help you tackle another headache in the bathroom – grubby tiles. First, fill a spray bottle to the halfway mark with white vinegar and heat it up in the microwave. After that, fill the rest of the bottle with dish soap. Then shake the mixture well and spray it onto your dirty tub or shower tiles. Make sure it sits for 10 minutes before you rinse it off. Sounds like a breeze, doesn't it? 

5. Freshen Your Jewelry Up

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Pricey things like jewelry need cleaning regularly to retain their gloss, but cleaning it can be a nerve-wracking operation. For gentle jewelry cleaning, try dish soap. Put a tablespoon of dish soap into a bowl of club soda. Then soak your jewelry in the liquid for a while and scrub it gently with a soft toothbrush. Get ready to be amazed at its shine once again! Rule out jewelry with opals when cleaning, as opals are so porous that they would absorb dish soap and be ruined.

6. Ward Off Ants

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It may surprise you that ants always seem to find a way into your house. Rather than calling pest control, you could use dish soap to get rid of the pesky bugs. Prepare a mixture of dish soap and water, and spray it along your countertops. Then wait for them to move away. It is certainly the safest bet.

7. Kill Weeds

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It can be tricky to keep your outdoor garden looking beautiful and weed-free. And that's why you need dish soap. Put one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, the same amount of vinegar, and salt into a spray bottle before spraying the solution onto your weeds. The weeds will die within days, and you can finally appreciate all your greenery! 

8. Remove Stains From Your Clothes

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It happens on occasion that you spill food or sauce on your clothes. It's not the end of the world! Likewise, you can fix the problem with a little dish soap. Simply dip a toothbrush in a bit of dish soap, then rub it over the stain until the mark fades. After that, do your laundry as usual and the stain will be completely gone.

9. Make Your Own Ice Pack

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You may have a set of ice packs in your freezer for a rainy day. But if you suddenly run out of them, you can also save yourself the trip to the store by making them at home. Fill a plastic bag full of dish soap and seal it. Now do your best to remove all the air. After that, put the bag in the freezer and let the liquid harden. You'll get a perfect ice pack once it's frozen. Why not give it a whirl next time?

10. Clean Grease Off Stove

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Stovetops always get messy and greasy, even for a careful cook. For a quick and effective clean, use a little dish soap. Make sure your stovetop cools completely before applying a few squirts of dish soap. Then find a brush or sponge to rub away the food residues and other grime. Finally, mop up the dish soap with a wet rag and allow it to dry. 

11. Kill Fleas As A Pet Shampoo

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Aside from keeping unwanted bugs away from your plants, dish soap can also keep your pets insect-free. If your pets have a problem with fleas, wash them with dish soap. Believe it or not, it's as effective as the flea-killing shampoos are. You can also use it as a regular pet shampoo to solve the problem for good.

12. De-Grease Your Tools

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Keeping your tools clean is a top priority if you often work with them outdoors. Well, dish soap also works particularly well in removing grease from tools. Soak your tools in dish soap and water when you're done with your project. You'll find that it will remove grease, grime, dirt, oil, and pretty much anything else to get your tools looking brand new.

13. Create Your Laundry Detergent

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Perhaps you will no longer pick up laundry detergent from the store if you know making it yourself is just as simple. Mix a third of a cup of washing soda, a quarter cup Borax washing booster, two tablespoons of dish soap, and a gallon of hot water in a large container. And your homemade laundry detergent is done!

14. Rid Insects Of Your Plants

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Keeping plants indoors can add a fresh vibe to your living space while also attracting various insects. To ward off the unwanted bugs, fill a spray bottle with water and a bit of dish soap. Then mist the mixture over your plants. The results are sure to astonish you.

15. Clean Your Hairbrushes

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Oil accumulates quickly in your hair brushes as you use it frequently. Without regular and proper cleaning, you're just reinserting all that unwanted oil onto your hair every time you brush your tresses. Soak your brushes in the sink full of hot water and a few squirts of dish soap for a while, and wash them off to finish the job. Give it a shot, and your hair will stay cleaner for longer.

16. DIY Your Carpet Cleaner

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There is no need to find an expensive cleaner since dish soap can easily get nasty marks out of your carpet. Put two ounces of hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle before adding one ounce of dish soap to the mixture. Stir it well, spray it onto the stain, and scrub the stain with a rag. After using a little elbow grease, add a little water on the stain and give the area a few more scrubs until any remnants of the stain disappear completely.

17. Remove Paint Splatters

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Paint often ends up in places you don't want when you take on the big task of painting your own home. In these moments, pull out your trusty dish soap. Rub it on the area and wait for the paint to disappear.

18. Remove Oil Stains From Your Driveway

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After parking your car in the same spot for a few years, you are likely to have oil stains in your driveway. If you don't want to live with the mess, use a little dish soap. Squirt a large amount of the solution onto the stain. Then scrub it with a large bristle brush. After scrubbing for a while, you'll see that the stain pulled out of the asphalt. Now rinse your driveway with a hose to wash away the oil.

19. Remove Natural Oils From Your Nails

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If you've dreamed of giving yourself an at-home manicure as close to salon-worthy as possible, then find the dish soap and do as follows. Put a bit of dish soap into a bowl with some warm water. Then soak your nails in it for almost 10 minutes. This way, your cuticles will become more malleable and be free of natural oils, helping your nail polish to stick better to your nails.

20. Clean And Defog Eyeglasses

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It is frustrating wearing eyeglasses that have collected so much dirt that they start to fog up your vision. If you'd like to give your glasses a deep clean or to prevent them from fogging up, put a drop of dish soap on the lens, and gently wash it with your fingers. The soap will leave a thin layer of film and remove all the dirt. On top of that, remember to dry the glasses with your trusty soft cloth.

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