Dish soap is excellent for washing dirty silverware, plates, pans, and pots. However, did you know that you can also use it for housekeeping tasks that don’t involve washing dishes? It really is true. There are many different things you can clean using dish soap, both inside your kitchen and outside of it.

The following are five of the many ways that you can use dish soap.

Stain Remover

So whether you dropped a hot dog covered in ketchup down the front of your shirt, or spilled red wine on your pants, dishwashing liquid can be used for removing stains.

You will need:

Hydrogen peroxide
Dish soap

Mix three parts of hydrogen peroxide with one part of dishwashing liquid.

Apply the mixture as a presoak to the stain.

Allow the solution to sit for a couple minutes, to the point where you start to see the stain starting to fade.

If the stain is not becoming lighter, add more of your peroxide and dish soap presoak solution. Watch your garments closely to make sure that the peroxide is working to fade the stain, but is not bleaching your clothes.

After the stain has started to fade, wash your clothes based on the care tag’s instructions.

Cabinet Countertop Cleaner

You have dishwashing liquid in your kitchen already. You might as well use it for cleaning your kitchen counters also. The following do-it-yourself countertop and cabinet cleaner recipe is among the best ways to use dish soap. As an added bonus it is also safe to use on stone surfaces.

You will need:

A microfiber cloth
Warm water
Dishwashing liquid
Clean bucket or kitchen sink

Mix a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid and warm water to generate some sudsy action.

Take a microfiber cloth and dampen it with the solution.

Wipe your countertops or cabinet doors down using even vertical or horizontal strokes. As you are working, rinse the cloth with clean water on a regular basis so that you don’t simply smear gunk around.

Allow the counters or cabinets to air dry. That should not take very long since you should be using a damp cloth but not one that is completely saturated.

Use a dry and clean microfiber cloth for buffing the countertop until it is shining.

Soap Scum Solution

The gunky residue that is on your shower walls and bathtub can be difficult to clean, and that is why so many individuals resort to using unnecessarily harsh solution to try to solve the problem. Get rid of these chemicals, since one of our dish soap uses is to clean bathtubs.

Note: The following solution shouldn’t be used on stone walls or tiles since those surfaces can be permanently damaged by vinegar.

You will need:

Microwave-safe bowl
Spray bottle
1 cup distilled white vinegar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid

Mix the cornstarch and vinegar together until it thickens inside of a microwave-safe bowl.

Heat the mixture in the microwave for one or two minutes.

Pour your dishwashing liquid inside of the spray bottle.

Add in the heated vinegar and cornstarch mixture into the spray bottle.

To combine, shake well.

Spray this solution on the shower walls and tub and allow it to sit for around 10 minutes.

Rinse the walls off with water, and make sure all of the solution is removed.

Use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe down everything.

Repeat all of the above steps as necessary until all of your bathroom surfaces are scum-free.

All-Purpose Appliance Cleaning Solution

Another great way to use dish soap is a DIY all-purpose cleaner for household appliances. In terms of appliances, there are many different applications for using dishwashing liquid that we would end up breaking the Internet if all of the recipes were listed. No one wants that, so instead we have listed all of the links below that you need:

How to Get Rid of Grease on a Stove
How To Quickly Clean a Microwave
How to Disinfect and Clean Electronic Devices
How to Clean a Vacuum Cleaner

Now that you know about all of these incredible ways to use dish soap, you might be interested in learning more DIY methods involving other types of common household items. So check out the lemon cleaning tips, and then learn some of the numerous ways that vinegar can be used to help keep your house clean.