Most of us are aware of the main uses for Dawn dish soap. After all, it’s a powerhouse when it comes to cleaning off grease, grime and bacteria off your hands and cookware.
However, it turns out you can use this “cleaning superhero” for a lot more than just rinsing off your dishes. And once you see all the ways to use it, you’ll want to stock up on this magical soap ASAP.
8 Survival Uses For Dawn Dish Soap
IMPORTANT SURVIVAL NOTE: For each of these uses, you’ll want to go with regular Dawn dish soap, and NOT the antibacterial version.
Keep Your Food Safe From Invaders
Survival gardens are essential for keeping us alive – both in everyday life and in an emergency. Unfortunately, invaders like mosquitos, slugs, bugs and more can sometimes ruin your crop.
Thankfully, you can protect your food by misting the produce with a homemade bug-killing spray. Just combine 2 tsp Dawn with 1 qt water in a spray bottle. The liquid won’t harm the plants, but it’ll leave a residue that bugs hate. Just remember to wash off your fruits & veggies before eating.
Clear Your Vision
Many of us have had the misfortune to be hunting or working hard outside, only to have the sweat and humidity fog up our glasses. And this can make it a real pain to see what you’re doing.
Thankfully, Dawn can come to the rescue. Just place a small drop on each lens, and rub it around the inside and outside of the lens with your finger. Then wipe it off using your shirt or a clean cloth.
This method won’t just clean off your glasses either. It’ll also help prevent them from fogging up in the future. This can prove super useful in areas of high humidity. It’s also very helpful for helping you see when opening the oven or dishwasher while it’s running.
We’ve all gotten a food stain on our shirt from time to time – and this can be a real pain to get off. Thankfully, it’s a lot easier with Dawn. Just pour a few drops directly onto the stain, and then use an old toothbrush to scrub it out. Throw the clothing item into the laundry, and it should come out good as new.
NOTE: Don’t have a washing machine? We show you how to wash your clothes the old-fashioned way right here.
Remedy This Common Bathroom Problem
Many of us have been in the embarrassing situation of clogging up the toilet – whether in your own home or at a friend’s house. Well, if you/they have Dawn dish soap in the bathroom, nobody has to know what happened.
Simply pour one cup of Dawn into the toilet bowl, and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then add a bucket of hot water into the bowl, and the toilet should automatically flush.
Ease Poison Ivy Blisters
Blisters from poison ivy can be incredibly painful, and worse yet they can easily spread to other parts of the body (as well as to other people). You can prevent this by cleaning the blisters with Dawn. This will clear out the oil inside that causes it to spread, and it can help quicken the healing process.
Remove Ice In The Winter
Here’s a cool way to make your life 10x easier in the wintertime.
If you’ve got icy sidewalks, driveways or other concrete areas, this can be a major slipping hazard. To remedy the situation, simply combine 1 tsp Dawn dish soap with 1 Tbsp rubbing alcohol and 1/2 gallon hot water. Stir it up, and then pour the mixture all over the icy concrete. This will help de-ice the concrete, and prevent it from freezing up again.
Replace Your Shampoo
Shampoo will become a luxury when SHTF – and at some point you’re bound to run out. But don’t fret – you can rely on good old Dawn dish soap to clean out all that nasty dirt and grime out of your hair.
Dawn’s primary use is to cut out grease and oil buildup. However, it also does this while being gentle on your hair, making it a win-win. You can even use Dawn on animal hair – this will get your pets squeaky clean, and can even help prevent fleas.
Boost Morale & Create Entertainment
Who doesn’t like bubbles? Nobody. That’s who. These colorful, soapy orbs bring delight to adults and children alike. And when SHTF and things get tough, making your own bubbles can be a great way of keeping the kids occupies and lifting everyone’s spirits.
Just combine 1/2 cup Ultra Dawn soap with 1/2 gallon warm water and 1 Tbsp glycerin. Stir gently, and then scrape off the foam that collects at the top.
Now take a large bubble wand and dip it into the mixture. This will allow you to create huge bubbles effortlessly, much to your children’s delight.
BONUS: Even More Survival Uses For Dawn Dish Soap
Turns out there’s WAY more survival uses for Dawn dish soap than we originally thought! Here’s a video with even more ways to use this magical survival item.
Know of a survival use for Dawn dish soap that hasn’t been mentioned? Let us know in the comments below.