Original Ways to Use Original Dawn
I love to use household products in various unique ways, so I was thrilled to learn about some new-to-me hacks for the Original Dawn Dish Soap. Sent to me by Mary Hunt as part of the EveryDay Cheapskate Debt-Proof Living Newsletter, I’ve highlighted my favorite tips and how they worked for me.
Ice Pack – We are always in need of ice packs. Store-bought kinds can be expensive, and the fillers aren’t always guaranteed to be nontoxic. To make your own, simply fill a strong freezer bag halfway with Dawn Original dish soap (the blue kind, non-ultra). Double-bag for extra leak protection. These super-soft ice packs are great for all kinds of injuries. (We use snack-size freezer bags to make kid-sized boo-boo packs!)
Clean Automotive Tools – If your grease monkey is in need of a super non-toxic way to degrease tools, Dawn Original dish soap works wonders! Let them soak in a solution of soap and water to rid them of grease and grime. (Hint: After rinsing, your tools will be less likely to rust in the future.)
Hair Product Build-up – Need a little help getting the gunk out of your well-styled mane? Original Blue Dawn soap can be used as a shampoo as often as once a month to strip your hair of excess oils and product. (This tip worked wonderfully!)
Repel Ants – While most of our ant problems left for the year, it won’t be long before they return next spring. As a safe alternative to chemical ant killers, spray a solution of Dawn and water on any surfaces where ants like to hang out. After wiping dry, there will be a thin film left behind which is offensive to ants. Make as many “ant-free” zones as needed without fear of harm to children or pets!
This is just a sampling of the many ideas Mary has come up with! (To see the full list, visit debtproofliving.com.) Dawn Original blue soap is cheap (under a buck at most dollar stores), and you can be sure you aren’t harming the environment, because it’s biodegradable! For some killer Christmas hacks, check out my review of Mary’s newest book, Debt-Proof the Holidays: How to Have an All-Cash Christmas.