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    Dish Soap Does So Much More Than Wash Pots & Pans

    Surely you have dish detergent in your kitchen, but do you know how helpful this mild liquid is all through your house?

    1. Greasy stains like salad dressing can be rubbed with a little dish detergent and rinsed to spot-treat most fabrics, including washable wool and silk, which may be damaged by laundry detergent that contains stain-fighting enzymes. Ring around the collar is no match for dish detergent, either.
    2. Add two tablespoons of dish detergent to a bucket of warm water to clean vinyl and tile flooring. Avoid hardwoods since the water may harm the boards.
    3. Wipe down patio furniture with a little dish detergent in warm water. Rinse with a spray from the garden hose.
    4. Your jewelry can be quickly cleaned with a little dish soap mixed with seltzer; the bubbles help loosen dirt and get the soap into all the little spaces. Just soak your jewelry in a bowl with the seltzer and soap for five minutes, swish it through the suds, and use a soft toothbrush to scrub away any stubborn dirt.
    5. Hairbrushes and combs can be cleaned of grooming products with a frequent soak in warm water with a few drops of dish soap.
    6. Delicate hand-washables may be washed in a sink full of water with a tablespoon of dish soap.
    7. Are fruit flies bugging you in your kitchen? Add three drops of dish soap to a bowl of vinegar. The vinegar attracts the little pests, the soap cuts the surface tension, and the flies will sink and drown.
    8. To remove a stain on carpet, dissolve one tablespoon of dish liquid in two cups of warm water, and blot the stain with a clean white cloth dipped in the solution. Repeat until the stain is absorbed in the cloth and out of the carpet. Sponge with cold water, and blot dry with a clean cloth.
    9. Kitchen cupboards can become greasy in a busy kitchen. Add a little dish soap to warm water in a spray bottle and mist the cabinets. Rinse with a damp cloth and wipe dry.
    10. Remove oil stains from concrete by covering the stain with baking soda and then pouring dish liquid over it. Scrub the area with a plastic brush and let it sit for a few hours. Rinse and repeat if necessary.


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