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10 Unusual Dish Soap Uses

I’m someone who prefers to do things the easy way.  Generally, I don’t like to have different cleaners on hand for each individual thing I need to clean in my house.  Not only does that promote clutter, it costs more money, too.  Because I like to use what I have laying around the house, I thought I’d tell you about a few different dish soap uses that you can use your Palmolive Dish Soap for!  Some of them are a bit unusual, but that’s what makes them more fun!


1.  Carpet Cleaner – The other morning, I woke up to a big puke stain on the carpet that my dog had left me.  I pulled out my Palmolive dish soap and squirted it on the stain. Then, I used a scrub brush to dig it deep into the carpet fibers.  I rinsed with a little water and a towel and suddenly, my stain had disappeared.  Saved by the Palmolive!

Clean your carpet stains with Palmolive dish soap


2.  Ant Repellant – Yes, Ant Repellant.  We have had a horrible problem with ants this year in our kitchen.  Actually, it’s every year, but this year, they seem to be a bit worse than most.  I mixed up a bottle of Palmolive dish soap and water and I spray it on those ants.  Since we’ve been doing this, the ants are getting fewer and fewer and we’ve noticed an unexpected benefit.  The kitchen smells fresh and clean!  That was a pleasant benefit!

Using Palmolive to Kill Ants


3.  Laundry Stain Remover – Yesterday, after church, we decided to take the kids to the newly built fast food Mexican restaurant for lunch.  That way we wouldn’t dirty any dishes AND all the hunger pangs could go away quicker.  The smaller girls were dressed up in their fancy dresses.  Of course, 2 bites in, they had dropped burritos onto their pretty dresses.  They were distraught, worrying that we wouldn’t be able to get the stain out.  The first thing I did when we got home was pull out the Palmolive and treated those stains.  It came out so fast!  We were all relieved!

Stain on Dress to be Treated with Palmolive Dish Soap

Palmolive Dish Soap for Treating Stains

More Uses for Dish Soap

4.  Flea Killer - Did you know you can wash your pets with Palmolive dish soap?  It is much less expensive than your leading flea shampoos and doesn’t harm your pets at all!

5. Fix a Hole in Inflatables - If you pour soapy water around where a leak should be, you can find that hard to spot leak in your tire or other inflatable device.  The leak will cause the water to bubble up (thanks to the Palmolive dish soap) and suddenly you know right where your hole is.

6.  Bug Deterrent – I keep mentioning bugs.  Really, Palmolive works well against all kinds of bugs, not just fleas and ants.  If you have a problem with bugs inside or out, spray around the foundation of the house and/or the inside at the baseboards with a Palmolive and water mixture.  It will work on roaches, bees, wasps, moths, spiders and more.  It’s so much safer than the smelly chemicals used in over the counter pest control products.

7.  Laundry Freshener - It’s time to freshen up your linens or even your mattress, spray your mixture of Palmolive and water onto anything you want to leave with a good smell.

8.  Clean Grease from hands - My husband is notorious for coming into the house with greasy hands after working on the tractor, mower or car and needing something to cut the grease right away.  We stopped buying the hand grease removers because they just didn’t seem worth it.  Instead, we use our dish soap.  It works great and smells better than the other stuff!

9.  Remove Excess Hair Color - This one I have not yet tried, because I never color my hair, but…..I’ve heard that if you color your hair too dark, you can lighten it up almost immediately if you quickly wash it in Palmolive dish soap.  It wouldn’t hurt to give it a shot!

10.  Make Bubbles - Kids love playing with bubbles!  Making them can be so much fun!  It’s easy, too!  Just mix together:

Palmolive dish soap – 1 part
Distilled Water – 15 parts
Glycerine or White Karo Syrup – 1/4 part

If you let them sit overnight, they become a bit more sticky, but other than that, you’re good to go!


We bought our Palmolive in the cleaning supplies aisle at Walmart!

10 Unusual Dish Soap Uses

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Weekly Challenge: Pick 3 Problem Areas & Tackle Them

You know I’m a procrastinator, right?  Throw a baby into my mix and suddenly I’m an ultra extreme procrastinator!  I have to have my teens help me keep up.  Either they’re watching the kids for me or they’re helping me clean.  It’s OK though, it doesn’t hurt them to work (and I let them get out plenty, believe me!).   But, I do get sick of seeing my messes, even though I’m not all that observant.  The laundry gets out of control super quick!


Pick 3 Problem Areas

Now that baby is almost 4 months old, she’s starting to get a little bit easier, so I should be able to get more things done.  Thus, the reason I’m back to this tactic of using my website to motivate myself.

My house explodes on a regular basis.  Seriously!  It’ll look like a tornado went through it, but then we spend 30 minutes picking up and all of a sudden things are a whole lot more tolerable.  But still, my messes are still around.  Just in piles.  In corners of the rooms.  At the end of the table.  On the fireplace benches.

I’ve decided to start tackling my piles.  You know the ones.  The ones I don’t really notice.  They’re normally there, so they feel normal to me.  ;)  I’m actually going to show you a few of mine…….because next week, I’m going to show you that they’re gone.

I’m using this tactic to:

1) motivate myself


2) to motivate you!


laundry pile

#1 on my list is the laundry in my living room.  We use one of our couches to stack the clean laundry.  When we’re about to fold, it gets knocked onto the floor.  This is a constant problem area for us, because we always have laundry coming in and out.  I often don’t really notice the laundry explosion because it’s something we’re always working on.  This week, my goal is to have that pile there as little as possible.

The Pile at the End of my Table

The Mess on My Table

We have 2 tables we can eat at in our house.  This one serves as a school table, lunch table, printer holder and whatever else I decide.  One day, I was tired of going through things and I just piled it all at the end of the table.  Can you believe someone would do this?  :D  It’s been sitting there ever since, getting messier and messier.  I’ve been ignoring it.

The Piles on my Fireplace Bench

Weekly Challenge

I was given a cute diaper cake for a baby gift and it exploded and has been sitting there like this.  Plus, I’ve got a box of books I need to go through to see if I can sell any of them on Amazon.  Sitting they are.  Why oh why do I procrastinate so?

Your messes may not be the same as mine, but I have a feeling that there’s some part of your life that you’d like to have a little more order in.  Use these weekly posts to motivate yourself!  Show me or tell me what you’re getting done by leaving a comment or sharing on Facebook.

You may notice that I’ve chosen some pretty easy things to get done (or at least they may seem easy to you, lol), but…I’m trying to keep it doable, in this busy baby world that I live in.  We’ll see if I can manage these 3 tasks.

What’s on your list?  What 3 things will you tackle this week?

Enjoy Life & Get the Dishes Done with a Baby

Disclosure: I received a VTech® VM333 Safe&Sound® Pan & Tilt Full-Color Video Monitor so that I could accurately review the product and I was compensated for my time. All opinions represented in this review are 100% my own and are not reviewed by V-tech before publishing.

Enjoy Life AND Get the Dishes Done


Life is busy!  For me, with 7 children in the house, sometimes I am overwhelmed by the amount of things I need to do.  Don’t get me wrong.  I do love it….but it can get overwhelming at times!  We have so many chores that need to get done on any given day AND I have an infant in the house.  Need I say more?

Watching the baby on the V-tech Baby Monitor

Baby Quinnly does not sleep well, unless she’s in mommy’s arms or in a very still and quiet environment.  Sometimes I wonder how she got any sleep while in my womb, as loud as we are!  The best way for me to get her to sleep to where she actually STAYS asleep is if I lay down in bed with her, let her nurse until she’s asleep and slowly inch away from her.  But, I’ve never felt good about leaving her alone in the room.  I like to be close to my babies and make sure they don’t suddenly quit breathing.  I know, it’s highly unlikely, but ever since I learned about the risk of SIDS, I’ve always watched them close!

So, what’s a mom to do?  Well, in the past, I’ve pulled up a chair to the dresser and worked on my computer, sitting right there in the same room where I could see her.  Other times, I just sat on the bed, reading, napping or working on my computer right next to her until she woke up.  She never seemed to nap very long though.

But now that I have this VTech® Safe&Sound® Video Monitor, I can point the camera right at her and go and get a few things done while watching her the whole time!  The room stays quiet, which in turn helps her to sleep longer.  How awesome is that?  I can even do the dishes!  


Watching my Baby with the Vtech Baby Monitor


I know, it probably sounds weird to think about me being excited about doing my dishes, but my kitchen has been an utter disaster lately.  Every time I tried to do the dishes, one of the older kids would accidentally wake her up.


My kitchen is a mess!

With this baby monitor, once my camera is pointed at baby Quinnly, I can zoom in on her using the 2x zoom and I can even look around the room using the pan and tilt feature.  It pans up to 270 degrees from side to side and as many as 124 degrees up and down.


V-tech Baby Monitor.jpg

With the built in microphone, I can hear her sounds.  I can even talk back to her by pushing a button on the monitor and saying something to sooth her.

When she gets older, and a little more mobile, if I wanted to keep my eye on several different rooms at once, I could purchase 1 to 3 more cameras to hook up to this system and keep an eye on every area that my mobile baby or toddler will be.  The monitor will rotate through each of those video’d rooms, show me a split view or even let me stay on just one of them.

For me, the fact that I can keep my baby safe AND get things around my house done is priceless.  Baby needs more sleep.  I need to get more work done.  It’s a win-win situation!  I don’t want to miss out on the simple moments, just because life is busy!  Now, I don’t have to!  And my kitchen is finally clean, too!


My Kitchen is Finally Clean

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