There is much to be said in favour of washing up liquid, not least about the
many fashionable colours it comes in. We've all seen them. Blue, Green..
Yes even red washing up liquid. But that's not what this writeup is about
This writeup is about something entirely different - namely the many great
uses for washing up liquid. You wouldn't think so, but throughout my disturbingly
short life as a student (3.5 months and counting), I have found this liquid
to be my jack-of-all trades.
Advantages of washing up liquid
- It is cheap - Well.. it's cheap most of the time anyway. Make sure
you get one of those giant bottles of a no-name brand and you are safe. It
might not smell like roses, but c'mon - if you had all the money in the world,
you wouldn't be reading this writeup on alternative uses of washing up liquid
- It is non-poisonous - To be honest, do not quote me on this. I have
never seen any toxological reports on washing up liquid, so I might be wrong.
On the other hand, I can't help but thinking: You wash your cutlery and
crocklery and glasses in it every day, and you haven't died yet. It's
probably not poisonous.
Ways I have found washing up liquid useful
Doing Dishes - yes, I know.. Most people would think it is rather
obvious that you can do dishes with washing up liquid. This is one of the
most common uses, but (and the reason for mentioning it here)
Washing hair - Hah, you didn't see that one coming, did you? Shampoo
and washing up liquid are actually pretty much the same thing, except shampoo
has additives that makes it smell better and it has vitamins and pro-v and
god-knows-what in it. c'mon, show some common sense! Anyway, washing your
hair with washing up liquid is no problem. Just don't get it in your eyes!
Washing the bathroom - When I was in a tight spot (i.e out of cash)
a while ago ago, and had to wash the bathroom, I didn't have any washing equipment..
I thought something like: Hmm.. I want this shower and toilet to be clean
enough to eat off of. So I thought: What do I clean the stuff
I eat off of with? The answer was, of course, washing up liquid. I was a
bit nervous at first, but the results were flawless. never seen such a clean
toilet and shower before!!
Washing computer monitors - You know this screen-cleaning shite
you can buy in computer stores for rediculous amounts of money? Well screw
that. A few drops of washing up liquid in a bucket of lukewarm water is perfect.
Wipe the screen with a damp cloth, and wipe dry. Tadaa!
Washing floors - You can tell I am getting excited about washing
up liquid now. I discovered that if you use a medium-strong solution (Say
a table spoon in 7 Liters of water) of washing up liquid, you can use it to
wash floors! Works perfectly.
Washing cars - car polish, car schmolish. Use a strong solution
(half a cup) in a bucket of warm water, and you can clean any car in
Blowing Bubbles - Okay.. Who says washing up liquid is just for work?
A few drops of glycerine and washing up liquid makes wonderful bubble-blowing
Ways I have found washing up liquid less useful
Brushing teeth - Yes. You can stop laughing now. I got so hyped up
about all of those beautiful new uses, that I actually tried this. Not a good
idea. (and yes, I was sober.. Go figure). Now I buy toothpaste :)
Ways that I have yet to try using washing up liquid
Washing clothes - My mom was wise enough to give me a large box of
laundry detergent before I moved out. It is almost empty. When
it's completely empty (and I will forget to buy more, I can tell you
that already), we'll find out.
Have you got any suggestions on how I need to try washing up liquid? I mean
- I have tried to brush my teeth with the stuff (argh), so I guess the worst
part is over and done with. Also: If you know anything about the chemical formulae
or something - please do node it. I couldn't find anything about it (and frankly,
I find it very little interesting)
oh yeah - I have tried all the things mentioned, and none of it has
killed me. However, if you choose to try, do not blame me if all your hair falls
out, if your floor starts smoking, or if your cat commits suicide. (or anything