Tinted moisturizers, instant pots, storage ottomans—we love an overachieving, two-in-one product. And while Dish Soap isn’t technically a two-in-one, it turns out our hard-working soap is also good for so much more than washing dishes. That’s right: It’s one heck of a multitasker.
Our all-natural dish soap easily cuts through grease and caked-on messes with effective dish cleaning power, without the use of harsh chemicals like some of the other stuff. Available in three intoxicating natural scents—Original Fig, Australian White Grapefruit, and Lemon Myrtle—and packaged in a chic, reusable amber bottle, it might even make you love doing the dishes again. And while sure, it’s great for doing a sink full of dishes, it also moonlights as a stain remover, jewelry cleaner, and all-in-one furniture de-grimer. Ahead, five unexpected uses for our Dish Soap that have exactly nothing to do with the dishes!
Stain Fighter For All Your Clothes
Clothes and other soft surfaces are no match for our Dish Soap’s stain-fighting abilities—and it’s doubly true for any oily cooking splatters, lipstick-on-the-collar stains, or even dirty knee stains on your kid’s favorite jeans. Just squirt on a little Dish Soap—usually, half a teaspoon is more than enough to do the trick, then rub it in with a toothbrush or small cleaning brush to help physically lift the stain, too. Let it sit overnight, then wash the garment as usual. If you’re all out of Garment Groom, it makes for a great pre-treat as well.
De-Grime Your Patio Furniture
Don’t believe the hype: You don’t need outdoor patio-specific cleaners to make sure your lawn chairs are clean. Instead, mix about a quarter cup of Dish Soap with a gallon of warm water in a bucket and use a sponge or a medium hand-held brush to scrub the grime off your outdoor furniture with ease. It’s safe for wood, metal, or plastic—and can even be used on your stainless steel indoor and outdoor appliances. Just give it a good rinse and towel dry it, et voila!
Trap & Kill Fruit Flies
While we very much recommend our Sunset Oil to anyone that likes to sit outside in the summer, it’s best at keeping mosquitos and other biting bugs at bay. For annoying fruit flies that offer exactly nothing to our ecosystem, put a few drops of our Dish Soap in a small dish of water and place it by the fruit on your counter or any other fruit fly hot spots. They’ll get trapped in it—and their friends will see their downfall and never come back (or so we hope). Plus, it’s better than smelling vinegar all day long!
Clean Makeup Brushes
Dish soap is specifically formulated to break down any caked-on grease, and that’s especially true when the caked-on product is your concealer. Our formula is gentle enough to break down the oils and powders most found on makeup brushes without harming the actual brush itself. Grab a small bowl and start by wetting all your makeup brushes. Squirt a few drops of Dish Soap into the bowl with a tiny bit of warm water, then rub your wet brushes around in the bowl to loosen any grime. As you swish them around, the makeup will fall off—but don’t wash them off just yet. Instead, add about 1/4 of water and a touch more Dish Soap to the bowl and swish each brush around again for a second round. If everything looks clean, give it a full rinse with warm water, and lay it to dry on some paper towels. Depending on how dirty they are, you may need to go in a third time.
Maybe we’re biased, but the best DIY jewelry cleaning solution is a mixture of a few drops of Dish Soap and warm water. Drop your jewelry into the solution for 10-15 minutes, then gently scrub it with a baby toothbrush. This works great with backs of earrings that get extra-grimy, as well as lobster claw clasps that tend to attract sweat, hair, and other fun things that jewelry shouldn’t be housing. To rinse, place the item in a new container of lukewarm water, then pat it dry.
Sure, you could keep your Dish Soap on your kitchen counter for your entire life, but why not branch out and have some fun with these genius Dish Soap hacks?