With all the recipes I make a task I'm constantly doing is washing dishes. It gives me a lot to think about things, things like what else is dish soap good for?

I found out there are several things dish soap can do, besides washing dishes. In fact, take a look at these seven uses for dish soap.

  1. Eliminate Grease Stains: remove grease stains from clothing, or any fabric, with this simple trick. Just put a drop or two of dish soap onto the stain and rub in with an old toothbrush. Then wash in warm water and the grease stain should be a thing of the past. A mixture of dish soap and hydrogen peroxide will also help rid your kids’ clothing of grass stains.
  2. Shine Up Your Jewelry: make your jewelry sparkle again with a mixture of seltzer and dish soap. Just soak your jewelry in there for 5 minutes, the swirl it around through the suds. Use a soft toothbrush to scrub out grime, then rinse with water and lay out to dry.
  3. Trap and Kill Fruit Flies: if you’ve got a fruit fly problem in your kitchen, just make a dish soap trap. Pour about an inch of fruity-smelling dish soap into an open container (tupperware or Mason jars work well), then add another inch of water. Then cover the container with some plastic wrap and poke some holes in the wrap. Flies will be attracted to the smell and fly in, but won’t be able to fly out with the soap on their wings.
  4. Get Rid of Stains on Upholstery: to clean up your upholstery, you’ll want to use whipped detergent. Sounds fancy, but it’s not. Just fill a container with half dish soap and half water. Then whip up the mixture with a hand mixer. Then use a rag to spot clean stains with this frothy mixture.
  5. De-Fog Glass: if you want to prevent windows or mirrors from fogging up, just squirt some dish soap onto a clean, dry cloth and work it into the glass until soap disappears.
  6. De-Skunk a Pet: did your dog or cat get sprayed? Mix together 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of dish soap. Then use this solution like shampoo on your pet. Try to let it sit on their fur for 10-15 minutes before rinsing.
  7. Remove Red Wine Stains: red wine can be a nightmare of a stain, but it’s not impossible to remove. Just mix up this miracle stain fighter. Add 1 teaspoon of dish soap with 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide, then use a clean sponge to drizzle the mixture directly onto the stain. Let it sink in for a bit, then rinse with cold water.

You know, next time, instead of buying the smaller bottle of dish soap I'm thinking I should invest in the large economy size. Then I'll be ready to take on those nasty fruit flies, clean my jewelry and even spot  those stains on my laundry.