Dawn dishwashing soap has a number of uses in addition to cleaning dishes. These uses include personal grooming, pet grooming and yard maintenance.
Dawn can be used to wash unwanted darker hair coloring out due to Dawn's ability to help lighten hair. Dawn can also help remove soap scum from a bathtub because it is able to pierce the grease without harming the finish of older tubs. For this same reason, one teaspoon of Dawn can be mixed with one gallon of water and then used to clean a car. This will also cut through any protective wax on the car.
One tablespoon of Dawn mixed with a spray bottle of water can kill fleas and other small insects in carpeting by drying them up. These insects can typically be removed 15 minutes after spraying. Dawn can also be used directly as a shampoo for a dog in order to kill fleas, but the dog must be rinsed thoroughly or his skin will feel irritated.
Dawn can also wash grease and dirt off of a face. Two teaspoons of Dawn mixed with two teaspoons of Heinz White Vinegar and two quarts of warm water form a solution that can help remove stains from clothing.
Dawn also works on grimy lawn furniture. Squirt a bit of Dawn into a bowl of warm water, then use the solution and a rag to clean tables and chairs.
A teaspoon of Dawn in two cups of hot water makes a good carpet stain remover. Blot the solution onto the stain with a clean white towel. Blotting with a sponge and cold water rinses away any residue.
Dawn replaces many floor cleaners. Two tablespoons of the detergent in a bucket of water makes a effective degreasing solution for kitchen and bathroom floors. However, it is not appropriate for hardwood, as the water causes warping.