During a recent visit to the Doctors office, I complained about the sticky goo on my arms and chest left by medical patches. The nurse offered a solution to the problem that set my mind to wandering..what else can this miracle household cleaner be used for? Here is a list of ten uses of Dawn Dish Soap, some which may amaze you.


  1. Sticky Goo From Medical Patches

Just wet your finger and put a drip of Dawn on your fingertip. Now rub the gooey spot, wipe and rinse. Ta-da! Goo-be-Gone!

  1. Saving Wildlife

For over 30-years Dawn has been used to clean petroleum soaked wildlife. Thousands of birds and mammals have been scrubbed with Dawn and released back into their environment.

  1. Highway Grease Spills

According to The Seattle Times, a tanker truck carrying animal fat overturned on a highway and 3 ½ tons of Dawn was used to clean-up the mess.

  1. Cleaning Jewelry

The word on the street is that Dawn can be used to clean jewelry. Here’s the recipe:

1 Tbsp. salt, 1 Tbsp. baking soda, 1 Tbsp. Dawn, 1 cup hot water. Stir all of the ingredients into the hot water and then let your jewelry soak in it for 10-15 minutes. Thanks Listotic.Com for the tip…

  1. Removing Fleas From Your Dog

Some folks swear that washing your dog in Dawn will remove fleas and oily patches. I would suggest a somewhat mild solution and RINSE WELL…

  1. Helps Keep Poison Ivy Rash From Spreading

The poison ivy rash spreads from the oil released from the blisters on your skin. ClassicCleaners.net claims that by washing the infected area with Dawn the rash can be contained. Just wet your fingers, put a drop of Dawn on your fingertip and apply to the infected area and rinse. The Dawn breaks down the oil oozing from the blisters. I spoke to a reliable source that had used this method and they claimed that it worked within hours.

  1. Ice Packs

Once again, ClassicCleaners.net offered a use for Dawn, the good old ice pack. Fill a zip lock bag with pure Dawn and freeze. Throw it in your cooler..it can be refrozen many times.

  1. Skunk Spray

Has Rover encountered a skunk on his daily rounds? Here is a recipe that threedogstraining.com swear by.

1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide

1/2 cup of Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)

1 teaspoon of liquid soap

(Mix together to make a shampoo for Rover)

Rinse well to remove the shampoo from the fur after vigorously shampooing.

You may need to double or triple this recipe depending on the weight of your dog.

  1. Insecticide

Here is a handy tip provided by hunker.com. This is a spray concoction that you can whip-up and spray directly on the bugs.

You can make your own batch of insecticidal soap by mixing: 2 1/2 tablespoons each of regular strength -- not de-greasing -- Dawn dishwashing liquid and vegetable oil with 1 gallon of water. Make only what you need for that day and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray directly onto the pests, thoroughly covering them. Repeat the treatment as necessary. Apply any time of the year, when the temperature is below 90 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid possible leaf burn.

If you find a roaming tomato bug on one of your plants, you can fling the varmint into a bowl of Dawn and water. He will quickly reach Valhalla, or wherever tomato bugs go.

  1. Washing Dishes!

Finally, it is my longtime choice for cleaning my dirty dishes, leaving them squeaky clean.

Here's one more that I thought I should throw in...cleaning your oily tools.

  1. Create a bucket of soapy solution – about 1 teaspoon of Dawn mixed with a gallon of water heated to 107 F.
  2. Scrub the tool in the bucket – using a dish rag, or sponge. Working from one dirty tool to the next. Do not let the tools soak in the bucket – instead clean actively.
  3. Once the grease is no longer visible and you can feel they are clean – rinse the tools with clean running water.
  4. Dry thoroughly with a paper towel.

Here’s hoping that some of these home remedies work for you.