This Dawn cleaning tips conversation is brought to you via the Double Duty Diva Network; all opinions are my own.
Sometimes I see a life hack on Pinterest and I think to myself, “Duh! Why didn’t I think of that!” Some are so simple like how to cut 40 cherry tomatoes at the same time (by placing them on a plate, putting another on on top, and then slicing through the two horizontally – smart, huh!). Many times it changes how I do things at home and it’s been a great way to add a few time-saving practices into my everyday life.
I think the idea behind life hacks is to get smarter about using what we have to do more and that’s the focus behind the Dawn Beyond the Sink campaign. To rethink needing a house full of specialty cleaners and cleansers and to use products that are truly multipurpose. So I was challenged to “Reach for Dawn” to take care of some of our toughest cleaning challenges and for us, those are in the garage. Well, just outside of the garage because our cars are parked in the driveway which leaves them exposed to the elements of our Seattle weather. That means they have gunk on the wheels and tires pretty much year round.
Dawn Cleaning Tips: Garage Uses – Cleaning Wheels and Tires
Nothing makes a car look old and tired faster than dirty wheels. But when you live in an area like Seattle, it’s hard to keep them grease, oil, and mildew free. One easy way to clean them is to combine a teaspoon of Dawn dish washing detergent in a gallon of hot water.
Using a soft sponge or cloth, scrub away the grease on the hubs using the soap and water mix (if you get your hot water straight from the hot water tank in the garage as my husband does, wear gloves or allow it to cool sufficiently before using). You may have to do this for several minutes – using more soap and water as needed.
Rinse away the soapy water residue with clean water and dry the wheels with a dry, soft towel so they really shine. My wheels are 20 years old, but they still look pretty good!
Dawn Cleaning Tips: Garage Uses – Cleaning Greasy Tools:
Is your tool box full of greasy tools? While we had the pan of soap and water at the ready we tackled a few of my husband’s tools. He’s really good about wiping them down before storing, but we dug deep into his toolbox and found a few that could use a cleaning.
The same 1 tsp to 1 gallon of hot water we used to clean the car wheels was also the perfect combination to take care of the tools. While you might be tempted to just toss them all in to let them soak, that could cause some damage*. Instead, with a dishcloth or sponge, wipe away the grime (scrub if necessary).
Gloves are not necessary, but the water was very hot so we used them. Rinse the tools immediately with clean water.
Finish them off by drying them with a soft towel. Unfortunately my husband refuses to admit he needs glasses or he would have noticed that he missed a spot! Or two. 🙂
* Soaking could lead to etching on certain materials.
Do you have any great Dawn Cleaning Tips? I’d love to hear them.
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