5 things you didn’t know you could do with dish soap!

Dish soap is even more useful than you think!

We think we can safely say that every household owns a bottle of a dish soap. They’re a staple in every kitchen, even if you own a dishwasher. Some pots and pans need to be washed by hand and sometimes it’s just easier to quickly do a couple of dirty dishes by hand than to load them in the dishwasher. But did you know you can use dish soap for much more than just doing the dishes with?

Here are five uses for it you might not have known about…

Clean hairbrushes
Hairbrushes can get pretty filthy in time. Grease from your hair and build-up from hair products accumulate on the brush and it can be difficult to clean it properly. Make some soapy water with warm water and a few drops of dish soap and you’ll be able to clean your brush or comb easily.

Shine jewelry
Want to clean your jewelry? Take a bowl and mix a little bit of dish soap in with some carbonated water. Soak the piece of jewelry in the bowl for about five minutes and then swish it around in the bowl a little bit. The bubbles in the carbonated water will make sure the soap gets into every nook and cranny. If there’s still some grime left, you can use an old (soft) toothbrush to scrub it away.

Get rid of fruit flies
If your kitchen is infested with fruit flies, you can put out a bowl of vinegar with a few drops of dish soap added to it. The vinegar will attract the flies and the soap does something to the substance that will make the flies sink into the vinegar and then drown.

Get grease stains out of clothes
Have you spilled some greasy food on your clothes? It happens to the best of us. You can easily get out the stain that’s left behind by rubbing some dish soap into it and then rinsing it with water. Since the soap is very gentle, you can use it on most materials; even wool or silk.

Hand wash clothes
You don’t need to buy a special detergent for hand washing clothes; all you need is some dish soap. Add a tablespoon of soap to the water and you’ll be able to hand wash your delicates.

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Source: Good Housekeeping | Image: Wikimedia Commons, Onderwijsgek