2 Uses for Dawn Dish Soap You Probably Didn’t Know About

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Dawn dish soap, puppy fleas, clogged toiletIn the past month, I learned of 2 unique uses for Dawn Dish Soap (or any dish soap for that matter) that I never knew about. They’ve helped out the Luke household tremendously, so I thought I’d be generous and share the knowledge. 🙂

Use #1: Dawn Dish Soap Kills Pet Fleas

Just as the hubs and I were climbing into bed one night several weeks ago, we noticed our puppy was vigorously scratching himself. Jereme checked him for fleas, and sure enough, there were several. Me being the crazy researcher I am, I immediately Googled “what to do when your dog has fleas.”

It’s worth noting that it was 1 a.m. and I had to get up in 6 hours to get ready for work. Washing sheets and pillowcases, vacuuming the house and bathing my dog was not on my list of priorities at that time.

I read a lot of articles chock full of the advice listed above, we changed the sheets, put Oskar in his kennel and went to sleep. I also posted a status on Facebook about the dilemma. When I woke up in the morning that status had received several replies, one of which suggested bathing him in Dawn dish soap to kill the fleas. My husband tried it, and it worked! Several weeks later, when we found a single lingering flea on his coat, I washed him in Dawn again, and it worked – again!

I am happy to announce that Dawn kills fleas. But be careful. This very powerful soap also dries out the skin, so make sure you follow up immediately with an oatmeal bath, or your poor little pup will continue to scratch and bite at his skin like crazy.

Use #2: Dawn Dish Soap Unclogs Toilets

Actually, you can use any dish soap, but Dawn is what we had and what worked for us. Without giving you the embarrassing details, our guest bathroom toilet has been clogged several times since we moved in one year ago. In the past, a plunger has worked fine, but this past week, that stubborn clog just wouldn’t go away no matter how many times we plunged and flushed. I Googled “how to unclog a stubborn toilet without a plunger” and found several articles that suggested the dish soap technique. (Ah… Google… you’ve come to my rescue many a time…)

How to Unclog a Toilet Using Dish Soap (sans plunger and snake):

1. Wait for the water level to go down completely.

2. Squirt a generous amount of dish soap into the bowl.

3. Pour half a bucket of hot water into the bowl from waist height. (Note: water should be hot, but not boiling. Boiling water will crack the porcelain! We used hot water from the sink)

4. Go do something productive. Take a shower. Sing a song. Go for a drive. Wash the dishes (with Dawn, of course!) I don’t care. Just give it some time. Wait at least a few hours, or even a whole day if you can, before moving on to step 5.

5. Flush.

Voila! It should work, but if it doesn’t, then just rinse and repeat. If your clog is really stubborn, you may have to combine this technique with a plunger or a snake, but hopefully that’s not the case.

There you have it folks: a little insight into my personal life. When I’m not busy writing songs, I’m researching ways to rid my dog of fleas and unclog my toilet with dish soap!

What other creative uses for dish soap have you found?

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