The Many Uses of Dish Soap!


It’s blue, it’s green, it’s pink…it’s amazing! Dish soap is a true workhorse in the cleaning world.

Before we get into the the whys and hows behind this bold statement, here’s an excellent piece of cleaning advice for every person reading this post.  Always, and I mean always – start every cleaning job with the safest, most basic product available to you.

There’s always the need for specialty cleaning products – but most jobs can also be tackled with really basic ingredients – like baking soda, vinegar, rubbing alcohol – and one of my personal favorites – dish soap – or dishing liquid – or washing-up liquid – or whatever you call it!

Dish soap has a million cleaning uses, and here are a few of my all-time favourites.

Floor Cleaner

Dish soap makes for an excellent floor cleaner – just add a few drops of dish soap – or a pinky nail’s worth to a bucket of very warm – borderline HOT water – this is a simple solution that will leave your hardwood, laminate, tile, and even cement floors looking fantastic!

Grease Stain Buster

Dish soap is easily one of the safest things you can put on your fabrics when you get a stain – which is why it’s used to treat so many different stains especially grease stains – dish soap can be applied directly to grease stains and then gently rubbed in just using your fingers – let it sit for a few minutes – then rinse the area with cool water and launder as you normally would if it is something that can be laundered – in my experience, it even works on older stains that have been around for awhile

Quickly Clean A Blender

I mentioned this not too long ago in one of our cleaning hack videos – but felt it too useful not to share again – so, if you want to quickly clean your blender after each use – simply add a couple of drops of dish soap and fill your blender until it is about 1/4 full of warm water water – pop the blender back on the base and blend the mess away……

Kitchen Cabinets

Here’s something I get asked a LOT – how to clean kitchen cupboards – and the answer is actually pretty straightforward if you have some dish soap handy – all you have to do is add 1 part dish soap to about 10 parts water in a container – mix it up – and then take a non-scratching sponge, dunk it in the mixture and call on some ol’ fashioned elbow grease to take care of the rest! The greasy build-up on kitchen cupboards is no match for dish soap..

Pre-Manicure Soak

Here’s a handy tip for those, like me, who have a fascination with nail polish! Before you apply your nail polish – soak your finger tips in a mixture of 1 part dish soap and 20 parts warm water – you can use a big glass bowl like I have here – and just let your fingers soak for 5 -7 minutes – this will remove some of the oils from your fingernails and make it easier for the the nail polish to stick to your nails!

Kill Weeds

This is a wonderfully safe and affordable alternative to harsh weeding chemicals and all you probably already have all of the ingredients you need in your house right now..just take an empty spray bottle – add a squirt of dish soap, about a 1/2 cup of salt and fill the rest with another Clean My Space staple – vinegar!

Then just spray this solution directly on any weeds – or in areas where weeds are prown to grow! Do be careful though – it’s non-toxic, but will kill any plant life you spray it on – so be careful around any plants and flowers you want to keep!

Clean Natural Stone (Marble & Granite)

Everybody loves marble and granite – but cleaning it can be a hassle – so, don’t over-complicate things and stick to a regular cleaning routine that involves nothing more than dish soap and warm water..

Natural stone is very hard and sometimes when you use specialty cleaning products for daily cleanings – they create a hazy build-up which over time actually dulls the finish of your stone..

Avoid all that by using nothing more than you can use a solution of dish soap and water for regular cleaning and you’ll see the benefits of keeping it simple!

Rid Hair of Greasy Oils & Build-Up

If you get something really greasy like cooking oil or Vaseline in your hair, here’s a quick and easy way to wash it out, which is, in my opinion, more effective than shampoo….when showering, just add a dabble of dish soap to your hands and work it into your hair, just like it was shampoo – be sure to rinse well and you’ll notice just how effective dish soap is at dealing with grease – and for you hair product junkies, you can do this about once a month to tackle any greasy build-up that hair products leave behind!

Window Cleaner

Did you know that dish soap is also an awesome window cleaner? It cuts through greasy window film like nothing else and leaves a nice, clean finish….just add a few drops – again about a pinky’s worth – of dish soap in a pail of warm water and you’re good to go…you can also add about a 1/2 cup of vinegar for extra grime fighting action…


Pretty amazing stuff, huh? and here’s one last tip – anytime you need “warm soapy water” for anything – this is the stuff they are referring to – it’s a PH Neutrel cleaner – meaning it’s one of the safest soaps you can use on dirt, grease and grime!

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Melissa Maker is the host of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube, editor-at-large of, and founder of Clean My Space (a well-known Toronto-based cleaning service). She's been knee-deep in the cleaning game since 2006. Follow Melissa: @MelissaMaker on Instagram, SnapChat & Twitter!


  1. Hı Melissa, thanks to you I began to like cleaning and am able to keep my house clean. I like the way you don’t show yourself as somebody who is perfect and there is no speck of dirt in your house. I watched some other house cleaning videos and I just knew it would be impossible for me so I didn’t even try.After watching your videos I started cleaning right away. You make cleaning so easy and make us believe we can achieve it if we want it.thank you very much.

  2. Dish soap is typically not PH neutral, it is a base. When you add a base to an acid like vinegar, it will typically diminish the action of both. It’s simple chemistry. I would clean with the soap, and then go back with the vinegar to get rid of residue.

  3. Hi Melissa, thanks to you I’m excited about cleaning for the first time! It is actually something I look forward to now. I have sensitivities to many commercial cleaning products, so your simple ingredients have helped me out a ton. I have already recommended your methods to my family, and will continue to do so with friends. A big huge thanks all the way from Greece!

  4. Is all dish soap really pH neutral? (Comments about adding bleach, and ruining car paint, are confusing.)
    I like Dawn, too; but, it isn’t nontoxic. They use the same ingredient BP used that killed the fish, recently.
    I started adding a few drops of bleach to dish water, after getting a cat who licks the ice cream bowls.
    It really made a difference for me: 1) kills germs, 2) water doesn’t turn sour, 3) dishes sparkle,
    as it clears hard water spots, and (last, but not least), 4) my dry, wrinkled hands responded
    as to a miracle anti-aging cream, and are beautifully soft and smooth, now!
    P.S.: While I’m on the topic, it doesn’t take a cup of bleach in the washer to kill germs.
    The county extension office said it only takes a teaspoon per tub to do the job.
    So, save money on bleach and clothing (broken down by bleach).

  5. I have given up on store bought cleaners after watching your videos. My house smells a lot cleaner and i feel like i can breath better with no toxins in the,air. My friends laugh at me as I’ve given up spending money on clothes for cleaning ingredients and storage things. Lol
    At least my bank account is alot cleaner and healthier too!!

  6. Melissa you are such an integral part of my every day cleaning now. You have been an incredible support and have helped achieve things I thought I couldn’t achieve! Thank you and a huge thumbs up:)

  7. I am so happy that I have found this site!! I even have “Clean My Space” written on a post-it note on my refrigerator so that I won’t forget it. I have always loved to make homemade cleaners but life ( school, degrees, kids etc.) took priority! Your videos are short and to the point, with a good dash of humor thrown in. I suspect that your husband is a winner, too. We have 3 little dogs and 3 cats and we also have an old house (1932) that is unique to my part of the country and is challenging to keep clean and to keep up with repairs. Anyway, just wanted to say thank you for your helpful and inspiring web site. Blessings.

  8. I just happen to come to your site because I am just discovering the many ways to use dish soap. Specifically on plant pests. Great advice and will try alternatives. Keep up the great work.

  9. I’ve been searching for your daily shower spray recipe. Is it the same one as the window cleaner Melissa?
    Hilly in Norfolk, UK

  10. I just tried the weed killer and it was amazing! I had a little trouble with the salt plugging the sprayer but once I worked that out within 2 hours the weeds were looking sad, and by the end of the day they were dead. Thank you for the recipe Melissa, now my garden pathway is ‘clean’ (of weeds) in an environmentally friendly way! I love all video’s and cleaning ideas. (and Chad’s great editing) : )

  11. Melissa I loved the video it helped me but can vinegar protect car windows from the rain and can you use dish soap on cars.

  12. I love your idea’s, and alway’s have been a firm believer in that dish soap, and it grease fighting powers. I do have a few questions, can you put some fragrance in with the solution you make? And do you have a solution recipe for animal urin spots from puppy’s that i can spray and get rid of them, that way i don’t have to rent a rug cleaner all the time, please let me know.
    Thanks for all your tips, love to watch them and always love saving money.
    Michelle Shackelford

  13. Dish washing liquid is a wonderful cleaner. Never mix bleach products with dish soap. It will create noxious fumes. Thanks for the informative video.

  14. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this website!!!!! I am a weirdo who already likes cleaning (whenever I actually do it) but coming across your website (2 days ago) just motivated me to clean my entire house this weekend. The tips are AWESOME!!!! This is an OCD dream!

  15. Awesome! Seems like there are a lot of dish soaps out there. In the spirit of using the most basic products possible – what are the key ingredients that make it what you want?

    • Melissa has a great video on this you should see. Squeeze lemon in a bowl with some water and throw the peel in. Microwave 5 min. Wipe. Use lemon water to clean outside and anything else you want. 50/50 water/vinegar works great, too, but the lemon makes the house smell delicious when you’ve got it. My 4-year-old watched the video and said “We’ve got to try that!” He’s a big fan!

    • Microwave a (microwave safe) mug of about one cup of water and let it steam the inside.

      Carefully remove the hot mug (and add a tea bag…green tea bag can be used-if water has cooled to about 170 °).

      Wipe out with clean paper towels. Then enjoy your beverage.

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