Mrs. Fixit: Dish Soap To The Rescue

February 13, 2009 12:48:47 AM PST
I have some ideas on how a little squirt of dish soap can help you with all sorts of problems around your home.

Most kitchen drain clogs are caused by greasy buildup, dump a quarter of a cup of dish liquid down the drain and let it sit for a minute or so, then dump a full kettle of boiling water down the drain. The dish soap will break up the grease and the water will flush the clog away.

Dish liquid is a gentle and inexpensive pre-treater for all sorts of stains on all sorts of fabrics, just squirt it on and work it in, the stain will launder out without a problem. If there's a chance you won't be doing laundry for a few days, use a clear dish soap so the colorant won't transfer to the fabric.

Mirrors and windows in the bathroom fogging up? Use some clear dish soap to prevent it! Squirt a small amount onto a clean, dry cloth and work it around in a circular motion until you can no longer see the soap. No more fog!

Dish soap can also help with your car. If you have a lot of brake dust on your hub caps, spread some full strength dish soap on the area, then clean with hot water. The soap will cut right through that grime!

If you suspect a leak in your tire, spread some soapy water over the area, the soap will bubble up where the air is leaking!

Soapy solutions, I'm Mrs. Fixit and it's just that simple.