dawn http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8196/all en-US Original Ways to Use Original Dawn http://www.wisebread.com/original-ways-to-use-original-dawn <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/original-ways-to-use-original-dawn" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dawn story wb.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="222" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">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.<span> </span>Sent to me by Mary Hunt as part of the EveryDay Cheapskate <a href="http://www.debtproofliving.com/">Debt-Proof Living Newsletter</a>, I’ve highlighted my favorite tips and how they worked for me.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Ice Pack</strong> – We are always in need of ice packs.<span> </span>Store-bought kinds can be expensive, and the fillers aren’t always guaranteed to be nontoxic.<span> </span>To make your own, simply fill a strong freezer bag halfway with Dawn Original dish soap (the blue kind, non-ultra).<span> </span>Double-bag for extra leak protection.<span> </span>These super-soft ice packs are great for all kinds of injuries.<span> </span>(We use snack-size freezer bags to make kid-sized boo-boo packs!)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Clean Automotive Tools</strong> – If your grease monkey is in need of a super non-toxic way to degrease tools, Dawn Original dish soap works wonders!<span> </span>Let them soak in a solution of soap and water to rid them of grease and grime.<span> </span>(Hint: After rinsing, your tools will be less likely to rust in the future.)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Hair Product Build-up</strong> – Need a little help getting the gunk out of your well-styled mane?<span> </span>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.<span> </span>(This tip worked wonderfully!)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Repel Ants</strong> – While most of our ant problems left for the year, it won’t be long before they return next spring.<span> </span>As a safe alternative to chemical ant killers, spray a solution of Dawn and water on any surfaces where ants like to hang out.<span> </span>After wiping dry, there will be a thin film left behind which is offensive to ants.<span> </span>Make as many “ant-free” zones as needed without fear of harm to children or pets!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p> <span>This is just a sampling of the many ideas Mary has come up with! (To see the full list, visit <a href="http://www.cheapskatemonthly.com/nonmember_search.asp?ID=37727&amp;cid=31&amp;SearchTerms=dawn">debtproofliving.com</a>.) 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!<span> </span>For some killer Christmas hacks, check out <a href="/review-of-debt-proof-the-holidays-how-to-have-an-all-cash-christmas">my review of Mary’s newest book</a>, Debt-Proof the Holidays: How to Have an All-Cash Christmas.</span></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/original-ways-to-use-original-dawn">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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