The Diverse Applications of Dawn Dish Soap

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We are all aware that Dawn dish soap is the optimal choice for washing utensils. I have experimented with various types of dish soap over time, and Dawn truly excels. (This post is not sponsored, it is solely my sincere viewpoint.)

However, did you know this detergent is also perfect for a plethora of tasks around your RV? Indeed, the next time a task arises in your RV that necessitates cleaning or repair, you may discover that the convenient azure liquid perched by your sink is precisely what you require!

Here are ten of the most effective uses for Dawn dish soap in your RV.

Wash the Windows

No one relishes washing RV windows, but it is an essential chore, particularly if you frequent beach or dusty locales. The good news? Dawn can simplify the task!

To concoct an exceptional window cleaning solution using dish soap, just add ⅛ teaspoon of Dawn and ¼ cup of vinegar to a gallon of tepid water. Blend thoroughly, pour into a spray bottle, and voilà, you now possess an outstanding window cleaning solution that will tackle any grime clinging to your RV windows.

Remark: This cleaner is also highly effective for stainless steel appliances!

Cut Through Grease

Dawn’s specialty lies in cutting through grease, correct? Well, this grease-fighting ability is not confined solely to dishwashing. You can also employ Dawn for cutting through the grease accumulated behind your stove, on your oven, and on your kitchen cabinet doors.

Simply apply a few drops of Dawn to a moist sponge and scrub until foamy. Utilize the sudsy sponge to eradicate the grease, remembering to rinse with a clean moist sponge and dry with a gentle towel upon completion of the task.

Remove Carpet Stains

Camping entails getting dirty. When parked in remote locations, grit, sand, mud, and various other residues find their way into our mobile abode. Unfortunately, our current setup features carpeting, which tends to trap this debris, often resulting in carpet stains.

The silver lining? Dawn can be of assistance in this regard as well!

To eliminate carpet stains with Dawn, combine equal proportions of Dawn and warm water in a spray bottle and spritz the solution onto the stain. Let it sit for a few minutes, then delicately cleanse the stain with a microfiber cloth. Rinse off the soap with a damp cloth and gently blot the area dry with a towel.

Clean the Bathroom

Nobody desires a grimy RV bathroom, yet I prefer not to introduce harsh chemicals into my RV’s holding tanks. What if they lead to unforeseen damage? To avoid the risk, I opt to formulate a bathroom cleaning solution using Dawn.

To create your personalized bathroom cleaning spray, fill a spray bottle halfway with white vinegar and warm the vinegar in the microwave until warm (ensuring the sprayer head is not in the microwave during this process, only the bottle itself). Fill the remaining space in the bottle with Dawn, seal the lid, and shake vigorously.

Spritz the mixture on the shower walls, in the tub, and on the toilet. Let it sit for approximately ten minutes, then rinse off the soap for a sparkling clean bathroom.

Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Dealing with pests is never enjoyable, and unfortunately, they seem to be particularly drawn to RVs. Over the years, we have encountered an array of insects in our vehicle, including those pesky fruit flies that occasionally swarm around ripe produce.

The most effective way to eliminate fruit flies? You’ve guessed it: Dawn dish soap. In this scenario, pour white vinegar into a bowl and mix in a small drop of Dawn. The fruit flies will be enticed by the vinegar but will be unable to escape the bowl due to the slippery properties of the dish soap. Ingenious!

Kill Ants

Another nuisance we have had to contend with in our RV is ants. These tiny intruders have managed to infiltrate our vehicle on various occasions.

There are numerous methods to eradicate ants, with ant poison being my preferred approach. Nonetheless, Dawn can assist in deterring them as well. Just add a couple of drops of the soap into a water-filled spray bottle, shake to blend, and spritz the ant trail and suspected ant entry points into the RV.

Soothe Poison Ivy

Poison ivy is a predicament no one wishes to encounter. Fortunately, our family has managed to avoid it thus far, but our friends’ children recently fell victim to it, and it was anything but pleasant.

If you happen to stumble upon poison ivy during your RV escapades, Dawn can be of assistance. Commence by washing the affected area promptly with Dawn and cool water. The oil-fighting prowess of Dawn will aid in neutralizing the poison ivy oils. Follow up with a second wash employing Dawn and warm water to alleviate the irritation.

Scrub Up Oil Spills

Most campgrounds enforce stringent regulations on vehicle maintenance, typically prohibiting oil changes on their premises. However, should you chance upon a park that allows oil changes, you might wish to capitalize on that opportunity.

Naturally, the best course of action in this scenario is to prevent any oil spills altogether. Should a minor oil spill occur on your RV pad, you can cleanse it and leave the area pristine for the subsequent guest.


Sprinkle cat litter on top of the oil spill to absorb as much liquid as you can. Afterward, use a paper towel to pick up the oil-soaked litter and then apply a generous amount of Dawn detergent to the affected area. Employ a moist scrub brush to eliminate the stain completely, and then rinse the spot thoroughly with water.

Discover Leaks

If you suspect there might be a water or propane leak in your rig, it is crucial to locate and address it promptly. Dealing with water damage can be quite a hassle (trust me on this) and a propane leak could pose even greater risks.

To pinpoint potential leaks, create a soapy solution with Dawn and spray it over the suspected leak points. If bubbles start to form, you’ve identified the source of the problem!

Eliminate Stickers

Many RV enthusiasts enjoy decorating their vehicles with stickers. While this can be fun, faded stickers can be an eyesore. The best solution for removing them? Dawn, without a doubt!

Apply Dawn soap onto the stickers you wish to get rid of. Allow the soap to sit for a few minutes, then cautiously scrape off the stickers using a putty knife. Any residual sticky residue can be effectively removed with Goo Gone. Remember to rinse the area thoroughly after cleaning!

Clearly, Dawn is a versatile product to have on hand when traveling in your RV. Secure a bottle today to be well-prepared for your next RV adventure!

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