How can this product help with icy steps?

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helpful household tips



  • Fill a clean, plastic bucket with 1 gallon of hot water. Add 2 tablespoons of Dawn dish soap and 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol to the warm water and mix thoroughly with a long-handled spoon. Use the original blue Dawn dish soap that does not contain bleach.
  • Pour the hot, soapy mixture into a clean garden sprayer.
  • Use the garden sprayer to soak the icy driveway with the Dawn dish soap mixture. If needed, repeat the process until you have covered the entire driveway in the soapy mixture. Alternatively, dump the mixture directly on the driveway if a garden sprayer is not available.

Dawn dish soap does not freeze at below zero temperatures. It is inexpensive and will not damage any surfaces you put it on, like rock salt can.

Other uses for Original Blue Dawn Dish Soap

  • For kids and animals – it can be used to clean your pets, and other wildlife that have grease, oil, soot, and other substances on them. It is also great as a flea bath on dogs and cats. It kills fleas on contact. It is gentle enough to use for kids that may have gotten into vaseline or baby oil as well.
  • Homemade bubbles – just mix a 1/2 cup of Dawn with a 1/2 gallon of warm water and 1 tablespoon of glycerin or white karo syrup. Stir gently.
  • Houseplant care – a safe, effective way to repel insects from your houseplants or just to clean dusty leaves. Mix a few drops of Dawn into a spray bottle with water.  Shake well and mist your plants.
  • Glass cleaner – Mix 3 drops of Dawn with one gallon of water and fill a spray bottle.
  • Cleaning tools – soak your oily, grimy tools in Dawn before you put them away to remove oil and grime and to help prevent rust from forming on your tools.
  • Ice pack – partially fill a strong zip type freezer bag with Dawn, close and freeze. It can be refrozen many times and it stays cold much longer.
  • Ant repellant – Spray your countertops with a solution of Dawn and water and wipe dry.  Ants can detect the slight residue of Dawn and hate it! You can also spray ants directly with that solution.
  • Poison Ivy – washing the affected area with Dawn helps dry up the fluid and keep it from spreading
  • Clogged toilet – allow a cup of dawn to sit in a clogged toilet for 15 minutes.  Then dump a busket of hot water in the toilet poured from waist height. This should clear the clog.
  • Skin and Hair – washing with Dawn can help reduce the oil in your hair and skin.
  • Oily stains – apply some Dawn as a pre-treatment to oily stains on clothes before you put them in the laundry. Scrub the stain with a small brush or toothbrush until the oily stain is removed.

Let us know if you try any of these and how they worked out for you!

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  • Debbie

    Great hints but I have one question. On the one for clogged toilets, how do you judge
    “waste” high? Made me giggle!

    • Stacey Rauch

      Debbie, good catch! Thanks! The correction has been made.

  • Rick

    It is interesting that they say Dawn does not freeze at below zero temperatures and then go on to say just the opposite.

    • Tammy

      For an ice pack you want something that will freeze but keep a gelatinous consistency. Dawn won’t freeze solid but it will get an icy texture at low enough temperatures. Saying that, I have not tried the icy steps recipe, so I cannot say if this works or not.

    • Robin Brundick Curran

      I noticed that too. How do you make an ice pack, if it doesn’t freeze.

  • Steve Morgan

    Is this exclusive to Dawn?? or will other dish soaps work??


    • Steve Morgan

      not trying to disrupt the conversation… I just have icy steps and a different dish soap (silly grin)

      • gabearnold

        We have a really big ad contract with Dawn Steve. Try not to mess that up. Just kidding!!! I have no idea if other soaps work. I will have to ask Patty or Stacey. They have tested it :)

        Maybe you should try what you have and report back :)

        • Steve Morgan


  • INA Zeller

    I have tried the icepack, it does not freeze solid, stays pliable so u can mold it sort of for Areas u need ice pack for.

  • Tammy Medlock Miller

    Ummm…I’ve never heard of using dawn for icy steps, but wouldn’t the soap itself be slippery?

  • Guest

    I never know what dawn can do, but I know that they clean the wild animals but for other things around the house and other things that dawn can do besides use for dish washing, so thank you very much.

  • Sheena Bordner

    The idea with the steps is different than that of the Ice pack because of the Alcohol being added to it.