There’s a simple reason why dish soap is a true workhorse in the cleaning world: because a good rule of thumb is to always start every cleaning job with the gentlest, safest, most basic product available to do the job—and that product is almost always dish soap.
Dish soap has a million cleaning uses. Here are a few of my all-time favorites.
Just add a few drops of dish soap to a bucket of very warm 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 fabrics, and it’s especially good at tackling grease stains. Apply dish soap directly to grease stains, rubbing it in gently with your fingers. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse the area with cool water and launder as you normally would. In my experience, this even works on older stains that have been around for awhile!
Quick Blender Cleaner
If you want to quickly clean your blender after each use, add a couple of drops of dish soap, then add enough warm water to come up about a quarter of a way up the side. Pop the blender back on the base and blend that mess away. Dump out the contents and rinse well.
Kitchen Cabinet Cleanser
Here’s something I get asked a LOT: How to clean kitchen cupboards. The answer is pretty straightforward if you have some dish soap handy. Just add 1 part dish soap to about 10 parts water in a container and mix it up. Dunk a non-scratching sponge in the mixture, and gently scrub to remove greasy build-up.
Here’s a handy tip for those, like me, who have a fascination with nail polish! Before you apply your polish, soak your fingertips for five to seven minutes in a mixture of 1 part dish soap and 20 parts warm water. This will remove some of the oils from your nails and make it easier for the the nail polish to apply evenly!
This is a wonderfully safe and affordable alternative to harsh weeding chemicals. Add a squirt of dish soap to a clean, empty spray bottle, then add 1/2 cup salt. Fill the rest of the way with another Clean My Space staple—vinegar!
Just spray this solution directly on any weeds, or in weed-prone areas. Do be careful to contain it, though—it’s non-toxic, but will kill any plant you spray it on.
Marble and Granite Cleaner
Don’t over-complicate things when it comes to caring for these delicate natural stones. Combine a few drops of dish soap with water in a spray bottle, and use this whenever it comes time to clean up your countertops!
If you get something really gross in your hair, here’s a quick and easy way to wash it out. When showering, just add a dabble of dish soap to your hands and work it into your hair, just as you do with shampoo. Be sure to rinse well. Hair product junkies, you can do this about once a month to tackle any greasy build-up that hair products leave behind!
Did you know that dish soap is also an awesome window cleaner? It cuts through greasy films and leaves a nice, clean finish. Just add a few drops of dish soap to 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? Here’s one last tip – anytime you see reference to “warm soapy water,” this is the stuff they are referring to. Dish soap is a pH-neutral cleaner, which means it’s one of the safest soaps you can use on dirt, grease, and grime!