Everyday Cheapskate: 9 Remarkable Ways to Use Blue Dawn Outside the Kitchen
Take a look under the sink where you keep your cleaning products. Do you see a bottle of Blue Dawn dishwashing liquid? Well, say hello to a very versatile and surprisingly multipurpose household product.
Original Blue Dawn, a product of Procter & Gamble, was introduced in 1973. Since then, it has gone through several tweaks, changes and upgrades, which is why today, we see a number of varieties, including Dawn Ultra and Dawn Platinum. According to the International Bird Rescue research center, Blue Dawn is biodegradable and contains no phosphates.
Here's the bottom line: If it's Dawn and it's blue, you can count on it to be an amazing product with tons of very effective, if not ingenious, uses!
Partially fill a strong zip-type sandwich bag with Dawn dishwashing liquid, and close the bag. Just to be safe, double-bag it. Freeze. Dawn stays cold much longer while remaining flexible, which means it will conform to the place you need an ice pack. It can be refrozen many times.
TUB AND SHOWER BATHROOM SCUM
Fill a spray bottle halfway with white vinegar. Fill the rest of the way with Blue Dawn. Put the lid on, and shake well. Spray on your tub and shower walls, allowing it to sit for a few minutes to an hour before rinsing away. This will even take care of the bathtub ring. Let it sit on the shower floor overnight and scrub the scum and gunk away in the morning.
For fresh or old oil-based stains such as lipstick, grease, butter, motor oil, cooking oil and most pen inks -- even stains that have made it through the washer and dryer multiple times -- apply full-strength Dawn liquid directly to the stain. Allow to sit for a bit and then launder as usual. For really tough challenges, apply Dawn and then scrub with a small brush or toothbrush until the oil is removed.