I’m always trying to save a penny and one of the ways I do that is by mixing up my own cleaning concoctions at home, after a while I started noticing that a lot of recipes included Dawn Dish Soap and were specific about not substituting so I switched over to it. Now I use it to spray my plants for aphids, to wash my dog for fleas, and for all sorts of cleaning solutions.
One day I was out of laundry detergent and it occurred to me. I was using this soap for everything else, why not use a little squirt in the laundry? I added a sprinkle of washing soda along with it and to my delight my clothes came out cleaner than they ever have with any of the other homemade laundry soaps I have come up with.
I’ve also tried mixing up a solution to use as a stain pre-treater and while they often helped none of them were anywhere close to what Shout could do. Well the other day I took a diluted version of Dawn dish soap poured it over some stains guess what? It came clean too.
So now it has become my standard for laundry.
To wash: A squirt, maybe about a tablespoon, of Dawn Dish Soap and a tablespoon of Borax of Washing soda.
To Pre-Treat: Mix about 1 tbs of Dawn Dish Soap with about 1 cup of water and pour liberally over stains (I never actually measure this, these are just estimates). As with most pre-treatments the sooner you put it on the better.
I know Dawn isn’t exactly natural but it is seems less harsh than other detergents plus it is easier for me to just keep one product around that I can do a lot with. So if you are out of laundry detergent this weekend don’t make an extra trip to the store, just use a squirt of dish soap and you are good to go.