15 (Different) Uses For Blue Dawn Dish Soap

Great Cleaning Tips Using Original BLUE Dawn Dish Soap!

blue dawn dish soap

Blue Dawn Dish Soap is no longer limited to just washing your dirty dishes. While it works amazingly well for cleaning pans, pots, glass, tupperware, or any other diningware you can think of, it’s everything else it can clean that makes it so useful to have around the home. In fact, Blue Dawn is almost as versatile as baking soda when it comes to cleaning products! Here are a few tips that will make cleaning your home that much easier.

1. Pretreat Stains from Clothing or Upholstery
It seems that most stains people tend to get are oil based stains; this is one of the hardest kind of stains to get out. Some examples of oil based products that commonly end up on clothes/furniture is lipstick, butter, motor or cooking oil, grease, and certain pen inks. Dawn dish soap can take care of these stains for you! All you have to do when faced with an oily stain is apply the soap directly to the stain and scrub the spot with a toothbrush until the oil stain is removed. For clothes, launder as you normally would after this.

2. Make your ant problem disappear
Getting rid of ants is easy with Dawn Dish Soap. Spray a mixture of water and Dawn directly onto countertops, floors, sinks, or wherever the ants seem to be. This will leave behind a residue that ants refuse to walk across. It is also safe for kids and pets, so you don’t have to worry about any harsh chemicals. If you spray the solution directly on an ant, Dawn will penetrate their exoskeleton and kill them on contact. This also works for wasps and cockroaches.

3. Window Washing
Clean your windows like a pro with Blue Dawn! Fill a spray bottle with only three drops of Dawn to a gallon of water, then clean your windows the same as you would with any other window cleaner. This will leave your windows shiny and streak-free!

4. Remove Stains from Your Driveway
A lot of concern with using chemicals is whether it is biodegradable or not. There are many chemical degreasers and solvents that could get rid of outside stains, but they aren’t really good for the environment. Blue Dawn, though, is and it can take care of stains in your driveway. First, use the kitty litter method to pick up all the extra oils then use warm water and Dawn Dish Soap to further remove oils from your pavement with great effectiveness. Finish the job by using a little elbow grease and a scrub broom on the spot, and your driveway will soon by stain free!

5. Take Control of Smelly Pets and their Pesky Pests
Were you aware that Dawn can kill fleas on contact? It is not as expensive as dog/cat shampoos, and safe for the babies who are too small to be given medicine for their flea problems. For bathing larger animals, use 1 tsp per gallon of water and half a tsp for smaller animals. Make sure to rinse THOROUGHLY or the leftover residue will dry and cause mild skin irritation for your furry friend. To help add moisture to their fur and skin, finish the bath with a few drops of conditioner.

*BONUS* To completely get rid of fleas, make sure to clean any furniture your pet may use often as well as the carpets. Wash your pet beds in warm water mixed with Dawn soap. To clean carpet or upholstery, fill a 16oz spray bottle with water and 1 tsp of Dawn Dish Soap.  Shake well to mix them together, then spray the solution onto whatever needs cleaned. Let this sit for 15 minutes, then wipe down with a damp towel and vacuum (for the carpet).

6. Unclog Your Drain
Instead of calling a plumber, try Dawn Dish Soap to get rid of clogs in your drain. To make the solution boil 3-4 tbsp of Dawn in a pot full of water. Pour this mixture down the clogged sink drain, but be careful not to burn yourself! This will break down most sink clogs because Dawn can break down grease.

7. Clean Grimy, Messy Tools
Dawn is a lifesaver for cleaning tools in your workshed because of how tough it is on grease. Right after finishing your automotive projects, soak your tools in Dawn and water to remove all the grime and oils from them. Many mechanics also claim that Dawn can keep the tools from rusting.

8. Find Leaks with Bubbles
Find a puncture in any tire by mixing Dawn Dish Soap and water and brushing the soapy mixture on the leaky tire. The exact location will be easy to find because it will bubble in that spot. You can try this same method with anything that holds air to find a hole.

9. Keep Glasses Lenses Clean and Defogged
Prevent fogging of your lenses by rubbing a drip of Dawn Dish Soap on eyeglasses and the wipe them off. This will clean them and leave a film that prevents fogging.

10. Get Gunk Out of Your Hairbrush
Mix 1 tbsp of Dawn Dish Soap, 1 tbsp of borax, and ¼ cup of water, soak your dirty combs and brushes in the mixture. Rinse well and let dry.

11. Keep Yourself Clean When Painting
Before starting a paint job, rub straight Dawn Dish Soap  over your hands and arms, wherever you think paint might end up, and let dry. When you’re finished painting, any paint that may have gotten on your will wash right off your skin.

12. Clean Up Your Fireplace
You can use Dawn to remove soot that has settled or hardened onto the external bricks of your fireplace by combining equal parts Dawn Dish Soap and Morton Salt. Add enough water to this mixture to make a cream, then rub the mixture into the brick with a cloth. Wait 10 minutes, then scrub the dried solution with a stiff brush and wipe clean with a wet sponge.

13. Make Your Grill Look Good-As-New
Clean up your grill for those Sunday dinners out on the deck. First place the grease-coated grill in a trash bag that can be sealed. Using a half cup of Dawn Dish Soap to a gallon of water, pour the soapy mixture over the rack that’s inside the bag, seal it, and let it sit overnight. The next day, scrub the grill with a wire brush and rinse.

14. HAVE FUN!
This is a giant bubble recipe used in bubble makers at many museums for children.

Gently stir a mixture of half a cup of Ultra Dawn, half a gallon of warm water, and 1 tbsp of glycerin (available at any drug store). Skim the foam off the top, because too much foam keeps bubbles from forming. Then just dip bubble wand and begin blowing. Have fun!!

15. Save the World!
Sort of at least—You can use Dawn to do your part in saving wildlife. By supporting Dawn products, you are also supporting efforts to clean oil spills and protect wildlife across the globe. Dawn Dish Soap is the preferred wildlife cleaner after an oil spill. According to the “International Bird Rescue Research Center,” Dawn is the most effective at removing grease while not harming the skin of birds. It is also biodegradable and doesn’t contain phosphates.

dawn dish soap wildlife sealDAWN WILL DONATE $500,000
TO HELP SAVE WILDLIFE THIS YEAR!!
Over the past year, Dawn donated a total of $500,000 ($250,000 each) to two wildlife organizations—The International Bird Rescue and The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC)— so when you’re using these tips just remember, you’re supporting a company that contributes back in a great way!

For more great cleaning tips, see some of our other posts like our tips for Removing Grass Stains or Must Haves for Your Cleaning Kit!

Cat Urine Stains on the Carpet

Does Your Cat Keep Leaving Urine Stains on the Carpet?

cat urine stainsEver wonder why your cat always seems to leave urine stains on the carpet? Do you find yourself asking, why doesn’t my kitty at least have their accidents on the tile?

Dianda over at Cats & Co writes an interesting blog shedding light on as to why our furry friends prefer the carpet. Check it out at Cats vs. Carpets.

Most of the issues people have when it come to urine stains stem from the places that were left untreated until they became noticeable (either by discoloration or odor). Cats often times mark their territory in places other than their litter box, whether it be in the middle of your living room or in some discrete corner you can’t even see.

Before long, the microbes in the urine break down and release ammonia; this is the chemical most responsible for that cat pee smell. Even worse, at this stage mercaptan is also secreted. This chemical is the one that makes you want to run away whenever you see a skunk.

If your cat keeps making urine stains on your floor, try buying an new litter box for your furry friend. I have read that you should get a new box every six months, because cats have more sensitive noses than humans, and as such can smell some of the left over odors in their cat boxes that we cannot.

And remember, if your pet has left urine stains that you just can’t seem to get up, then call us, A-1 Cleaning Service, LLC, to enzyme and steam clean those stubborn stains away!

Carpet Steam Cleaning Facts

Carpet Steam Cleaning Facts

Why is STEAM carpet cleaning the superior, safest, and preferred method of carpet cleaning, and how does it compare to other methods?

What is external extraction?

“Hot Water Extraction”, or “Steam Cleaning”, the Extraction cleaning procedures are what nearly all carpet manufacturers in addition to carpet fiber manufacturers recommend as cleaning method for soiled floor coverings.
This method is frequently called “steam” cleaning due to the fine spray of water used to force dirt out of the carpet which is sucked up by the vacuum slot immediately in front of the spray. This is the only cleaning method classified as “deep cleaning”. All the others are considered “light surface cleaning” because they are incapable of removing soil deep in the pile. Other methods leave large amounts of cleaning agent in the carpet after cleaning.

The process consists of spraying a solution of water and detergent into the carpet pile and recovering the water and soil with a powerful vacuum into a holding tank. This is done from our truck-mounted unit outside the home with only the hose and floor tool brought inside. Truck-mounted systems usually are more powerful than portable units and do a much better cleaning job and get the carpet dry more quickly.


How long will it take my carpets to dry?

Normally between 4 and 8 hours. It all depends on what type of carpet you have, the humidity, air flow, and level of soiling.


What do I need to do before the technician arrives at my house?

Please have all furniture (couches, tables, chairs, beds, ottomans, etc.) moved off of the flooring you wish to have cleaned. Our technician will only help move furnite within reason.

Are there any risks to my health?

NO!

The truck-mounted system is preferred because the dirty air and humidity are exhausted outside rather than re-circulated around the house. Furthermore, if you happen to suffer from indoor allergens, getting your carpets professionally steam-cleaned can actually help benefit allergy sufferers. More often than not, thing such as dust, dust mites, pet dander and other allergy-prone factors that get trapped in carpets, especially if their thick or plus. Unfortunately, most vacuum or consumer-brand carpet cleaners don’t manage to get down far enough down to where allergens may be lurking, which is where steam cleaning can truly help.

How does steam clean differ from shampooing my carpets?

The theory in the shampoo method is to generate a lot of foam in the carpet, allow this foam to dry, have the resulting residue attract the soil, and vacuum up the residue and soil the next day. The problem is that they dry to a soft, sticky residue which will cause re-soiling. Because of the re-soiling problem, carpet shampoos will frequently also has an anti-re-soiling additive such as a resin to reduce this re-soiling tendency.
Foam shampoos are actually very poor detergents and simply bury the dirt, they frequently also contain high levels of optical brighteners which take invisible ultraviolet light and convert it to visible light, thus making the carpet appear cleaner and brighter than it really is, for a while. It will eventually give the carpet a yellow cast and the yellow cannot be removed.
The Rotary Shampoo method can damage the carpet, especially cut pile (which is what most residential carpet is).

How does steam clean differ from ‘dry cleaning’ or ‘carbonated cleaning’?

This method is sometimes called “chem-dry”, “bonnet method”, or “dry cleaning”, which is a misnomer, since water is used. This method for carpet maintenance consists of the use of a rotary or oscillating brush adapted with a stiff brush or drive block designed to drive wet, damp or dry pads. The carpet can be sprayed with the cleaning solution and/or the pads can be soaked in the cleaning solution and squeezed lightly before placing the pad under the driving brush.
The maintenance brochure published by the world’s largest carpet manufacturer, Shaw Industries, suggests not using this method, especially on cut pile, due to pile distortion and fiber damage. This method has very limited capability for soil removal and leaves much of the detergent in the pile since it employs no real extraction. As a result, rapid re-soiling often occurs. Another disadvantage is that the spinning bonnet may distort the fibers of cut pile carpet, fuzzing the pile and leaving distinct swirl marks.
Sometimes, carbonated water is used to (in theory) give better soil suspension and bring down the pH. Check with your carpet manufacturer because many leading carpet mills recommend against this method of cleaning. Make sure you review your warrenty information, as bonnet method may void the warrenty of your carpet.

Can you get the pet odors out of my carpet?

Pet odor is a very common problem that could be much more complex than on first impression. Pet urine can easily soak through the backing of the carpet into the padding underneath. In more severe cases the urine can penetrate into the sub-floor beneath the padding. This creates a problem that is multi-layered. The urine also provides for the growth of bacteria. This in turn contributes to a worsening of the odor problem and can contribute to permanent color loss of the carpet fiber. To eliminate this problem, the urine must be removed or neutralized from each of the layers affected. If the contamination is limited to only the face yarn of the carpet then the cleaning itself may effectively remove the odor. In more severe cases a urine neutralizer may be applied. In the most severe cases, replacement of the carpet padding, treatment of the under-side of the carpet and the sub-floor may be required. Even replacement of the carpet, however, can not guarantee complete removal of the odor. So while we can try, it is not guarenteed, it all depends on the degree to which your carpet is contaminated.

Feel Better With Clean Carpets And A Clean House

How to Feel Better With a Clean House

feel better clean houseOne thing my grandma repeated to me a lot was that having a clean house helps you sleep better. But she wasn’t just talking about dusting and picking up your clothes off the bedroom floor, she also meant the carpets. What does having clean carpets in your home have to do with sleeping, you might ask. Well, this blog would like to share some information with you that you may not have thought about.

Lets start with the most obvious; having clean carpets makes your home look nicer, and helps you feel better. Keeping your carpets and padding dust and dirt free is good for the health of you and your family, and also extends the life of your carpets. Consider how leaving your carpet dirty can affect your health:

Allergies & Asthma: When allergy season is in, people often stay inside. Unfortunately, though, your carpet traps all these airborne particles that are let into the house. The good news is that fewer particles are disturbed when walking on carpets compared to other flooring, like hardwood or linoleum. The bad news though, is that while some allergens are stirred up, others settle into the fibers of your carpeting. Microscopic dust mites  secrete proteins when burrowed deep into your carpet, and these proteins trigger symptons in 30% of people prone to allergens. While vacuuming frequently helps, it won’t get rid of the imbedded particles, pet stains, and dust like a professional cleaning would.

Mold: In the rainy seasons, liquids from leaky ceilings, pet accidents, high humidity, and spills can build up in the padding of your carpet. This moisture is the perfect environment for mold growth. Your carpet is also prone to mold when you use an at home shampooer if your carpet fibers don’t dry quickly or adequately enough. Carpet pads are the most likely place for mold to hide, as it is sandwiched between the carpet fibers and the subflooring, so it gets the least amount of air flow. It’s very unhealthy to let odors, dust, pet stains, mold, or any other particles built up in your carpet to settle, so learn to identify your mold problem before it becomes dangerous to you and your family. Then call a professional steam cleaner to help remove particles, neutralize odors, and decontaminate urine.

When cleaning your home, remember grandma’s words and don’t forget to add carpet steam cleaning to your wish list for a clean house.

If you liked this post, please read some of our other posts like Hot Spots on Dirty Carpets or Tips for Carpet Stain Removal

How Often Should You Get Your Carpets Cleaned?

Determine how often you should get your carpets cleaned with a few simple questions.

carpets cleaned A question I’m commonly asked when talking about carpet cleaning is “how often?” Many manufacturers recommend that you get your carpets cleaned every 12-18 months. Places with high traffic, however, should consider getting them cleaned every 6 months. Here are  a few helpful questions to ask yourself when you’re deciding if you carpets need cleaned.

  • Do you have any pets? How many? We all love our pets, but we also know how messy they can be at times. Pets shed their hair and have oils on their skin that can get into your carpeting. They don’t know anything about using a napkin when eating or wiping their feet of mud when coming into the house. When you have a lot of pets, you will need to clean pet stains from your carpets more often.
  • How often do you vacuum? Vacuuming twice a week is what most manufacturers suggest. Just remember that the better care you give your carpet between professional cleanings, the less often you’ll need to get your carpets cleaned.
  • Do you or your family suffer from allergies? A clean carpet can drastically reduce the allergens in the air, leaving it fresh smelling and making it easier to breathe. Depending on where you live, you may need to get your carpets cleaned 2-3 times year.
  • How many people live in the house? Does anyone wear shoes inside? This should come as no surprise, but walking around inside with your shoes on gets your carpets dirty a lot faster. More foot traffic also develops wear patterns on soiled carpet. Wearing socks or indoor-only slippers is the best way to preserve your carpets, as going barefoot can leave the oils on your skin in your carpet fiber.
  • What does your warranty require? Many people aren’t aware that your manufacturer requires this to keep your warranty form being voided.

You can see by just these few questions that the base question of “how often” can vary greatly between homes. As for the actual cleaning process, most carpet manufacturers recommend hot water extraction aka steam cleaning over a chemical process. This is because chemical or “dry” based cleaning uses large amounts of chemicals to make your carpet look nice. Not only does it leave chemical residue in your carpet that is not safe for kids or pets, but it doesn’t even remove pollutants or allergens.

With “steam cleaning,” the temperature and pressure of the water do most of the work, with little chemical used per gallon of water. The chemicals that are used are mild and biodegradable detergents that help to dissolve the dirt in the water, which is extracted before it can make its way down into the padding.

  If you liked this post, check out some of our other blog posts like Worst Carpet Messes for Parents or Feeling Better With Cleaner Carpets.

The Twelve Most Essential Cleaning Tools

Make cleaning a breeze with these essential cleaning tools.

essential cleaning toolsFolks often confess that their cleaning arsenol consists of supplies they bought, used once, and stored in the attic for the next garage sale. They have separate cleaners for toilets, showers, baths, carpet stains, clothing stains, 5 window cleaners that all streak, all the cleaning tools ever advertised and none of this stuff works, Let’s widdle this down to the necessities and take the confusion and expense out of cleaning. The following list is geared to serve a typical home.

1) Start with a divided tote tray found at hardware stores. Do not use cleaning aprons unless you like trips to the doctor to straighten your neck due to the weight. Or worse email me asking what to do after bumping a sprayer and the cleaner ruined your antique coffee table.

2) A large plastic cup to hold a plastic scraper, stiff bristled toothbrush, non-scratch pad or other small cleaning tools.

3) A plastic container with holes in the lid filled with baking soda. You can also use a clean, plastic parmesan cheese shaker. Use baking soda to scrub sinks, tubs and shower floors and toilets.

4) A gallon of vinegar. Use to remove hard water stains in the sink and add a bit to your diluted concentrated cleaners. Vinegar boosts the cleaning ability of a cleaner. If your concentrated cleaner calls for one ounce per quart of water add ¼ cup of vinegar and use ¾ of an ounce of cleaner.

5) Toilet bowl brush – do not use the ones with the metal ring as the metal part scratches.

6) Sink brush

7) Two clean spray bottles for dilution – three if you use my Wood Care. It’s the only wood cleaner and conditioner on the market that can be diluted.

8) A concentrated eco-friendly all-purpose cleaner like my CleanEz. They clean most counter tops, appliances, toilets, showers, tubs, clothing and carpet stains. No you don’t need separate products to do these chores. Concentrated cleaners save you a bundle of money so look for concentrates.

9) A streak free, concentrated bottle of glass cleaner. I carry a good one called Benya. Make certain it does not contain acids or ammonia so it’s safe for Corian, granite and marble countertops. Glass cleaners are especially useful for frameless glass showers (Glass Shower Direct let you design showers online) and large windows. This is because they can leave you with a streak-free shine.

10) Color coded towels. I use blue terry towels for the bathroom, white for the kitchen and a green one for the floor. Then baby diaper cloths for dusting and lint free towels for windows. Windows and glass are the only safe surface for microfiber. Buy the expensive microfiber cloths. The cheap ones leave lint and smear.

• Note: I use color coded towels because they are faster. You’ll dig for hours looking for the right towel to clean the bathrooms, or kitchen or dust. Don’t waste the time. Color code your towels for fast cleaning.

11) A good mop. Of course I’m a bit prejudice but I feel the one I manufacture is faster and outlasts anything on the market. Plus it does cobwebs, walls, windows and dries off cars, Rvs and boats. Again do not use microfiber mops unless you like replacing or refinishing flooring.

12) A good vacuum cleaner. Here is where we may part company. After using Kirbys, Hoovers, Eurkea’s and half a dozen others during my 12 years professionally cleaning, I’m hooked on the Meile canisters. This is a personal choice but I’ve been very pleased since switching to Meile. They are expensive and worth every penny. If you’re having trouble deciding on a good vacuum cleaner, I’ve found this site to be helpful: http://appliancehunter.co.uk/cheap-vacuum-cleaners/
Lastly always refill your bottles when you finish cleaning. That way they are ready to go for spills or quick clean up.

  • By Mary Findley
  • http://goclean.com.

Refinished Floors

Refinished Floors in Humboldt County and Lake County

Here is some of the fine work done by A-1 Cleaning’s floor crew. We maintain floors in convenience stores, grocery stores, offices, and more.

floor scrubbing

A-1 Cleaning just refinished these floors. Can you guess this Humboldt County location?

Ok, give up? It is in Mckinleyville, Ca.
floor buffing

 

 

 

“I just wanted to tell you that your crew did a great job on our concrete floors. They look like new and your staff were very courteous and professional. Being a business owner my self, I know it’s nice to hear this once in a while”

Redwood Glass & Window

Floor Maintenance in Fortuna, CA

 

floor waxing

Another fine job done by our floor crew. Can you guess this local location?

 

 

 

 

floor recoating

This is another location that our floor crew has serviced. Can you guess it’s location?

Spoiler alert!

Floor maintenance in Fortuna, CA

 

 

 Car Drives Into Grocery Store And Does A Burnout On Our Floor!

Burn out on grocery stores floor
One of our retail floor maintenance locations, an lady had a seizure and drove her car into the store. We had to do an emergency floor maintenance repair. Before, you can see the streaks from where the car drove by…

Floor maintenance in Clear Lake, CA

 

 

 

 

 After Shot of Burn Out Streaks

After Shot of burn out floor
After Shot A-1 Cleaning was done with them, the floors looked good as new.
Floor maintenance done in Clear Lake, CA

The people at Uhaul are happy with their newly refinished floors.

refinished floors

Floor maintenance in Eureka, CA

 

 

 

 

 

To get your floors refinished in Eureka, Arcata, Fortuna, or surrounding areas. Contact A-1 Cleaning  today! 707-442-3229