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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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Life Hack – How to Shred Chicken with Ease

LIfe Hack.  Do you know what that is?  I had to look it up to make sure I wasn’t misusing it.  But….here’s the “official” definition.

Life Hack
That’s what I love to talk about here on Sidetracked Sarah.  Ways to save us as moms and home managers, time.  We don’t want to waste our days away spending too much time on things we don’t enjoy.  We want to spend our days on everything we do enjoy all while taking the least amount of time!  That’s why it’s fun to have life hacks.  Things that we sometimes think, “now why am I just now finding this out? are great life hacks!
How to Shred Chicken the Easy Way - Life Hacks on Sidetracked Sarah
Well this one comes from my friend Holly again.  Holly shared that a great and easy way to shred your chicken is like this…….
Boil your boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
How to Shred Chicken the Easy Way - Life Hacks on Sidetracked Sarah
When it is finished boiling, put it in your stand mixer and turn it on.  Chicken must be hot for this to work well.
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Voila.  Shredded Chicken!
How to Shred Chicken the Easy Way - Life Hacks on Sidetracked Sarah
For real?  What?  You mean, I don’t have to stand there burning my fingertips, using two forks and my fingers to shred it?  Unbelievable.  I love it!
Do you have a life hack to share?  Email me at sidetrackedsarah (at) gmail.com  and I may feature yours!  (Especially if I can recreate it or you can send me some pictures, too!)

S’mores Trail Mix Recipe

We love camping.  Several years ago, we bought our pop up camper sight unseen on Ebay.  We drove the 12 hours to Michigan to pick it up and enjoyed our very first camping vacation using it.  That was back when we only had 4 kids.  Now we have 7 kids and this past weekend, we all crammed into that pop up for another weekend.  We had set up a tent for the big kids, but their friends didn’t end up coming like they had originally hoped, so we still managed to fit our whole family in this camper.

I bet you didn’t know they make pop up campers to sleep 9 did you?  :)  Well, technically they don’t (at least I don’t think), but we get creative.  3 girls sleep long ways on the king sized bed; my husband, the baby and I sleep on the queen sized bed; the 2 & 5 year old on one of the table beds; and my teenage son on the larger table bed.  All in all, it worked, except I didn’t get much sleep from all the coughing fits they were having.  That’s a whole different story though.

S'mores Trail Mix Recipe - Camping Fun! - SidetrackedSarah.com

So…this time, I knew we were going to have S’mores and thought it may be fun to have a snack to eat at the campsite, that didn’t require campfire, too.  That’s when I saw my box of Golden Grahams on the table and thought…..trail mix!

S’mores Trail Mix Recipe


S'mores Trail Mix

Golden Grahams Cereal
mini marshmallows
Chocolate chips
Salted Peanuts


Mix 6 cups of Golden Grahams cereal, jar of peanuts, 3/4 of a bag of miniature marshmallows and 3/4 of a bag of chocolate chips together in a large bowl.  Pour in gallon size ziplock bag and take it with you on your camping trip.  Be sure to keep it in the top of the ice chest so that the chocolate chips don’t melt too badly.

Note:  Honestly, I just did it by what looked right.  Just pour them together until the mix looks good to you and you’ll be set.  The above measurements are guesstimates.

S'mores Trail Mix Recipe - SidetrackedSarah.com

I normally don’t like eating marshmallows unless they’re melted on campfire S’mores, but….I actually liked them in this mix.  My 2 year old though, I think he wanted to eat this whole entire bag!  Don’t worry, we didn’t let him!!

S'mores Trail Mix Recipe - SidetrackedSarah.com