Fitness Lifestyle

Cleaning Your Workout Mat (And 5 Other Cool Ways To Use Dish Soap)

March 1, 2019

We all know dish soap is for cleaning our dishes. It’s by far the best on the greasiest dishes, and still super gentle. It’s kind of what it’s made for. But did you know there are actually several other ways it comes to use?

When I started working out a few years ago, I noticed that my workout mats were getting ridiculously gross. I’m pretty much the sweatiest person working out no matter where I workout. My mat gets so gnarly and since it has to be rolled up to store (right after it gets sweaty), you can just imagine how much worse that makes it. And don’t even get me started on the moment I unroll it for another workout the next day and smell it during push-ups. Blegh!

I use the Camp Gladiator work out mats, so they are really thick and durable. However, cleaning them can be difficult because they soak up water and can take forever to dry. So one day I decided to try and clean them without spraying them down with water pressure and going days without working out (or hoping there’s a super hot day ahead to lay it out to dry for a few hours). I grabbed my dish soap that’s always been trustworthy on some of the toughest grease and mixed it with some water into a spray bottle.

To create the solution for the spray bottle, I use 2-cups water for every 4 drops of dish soap. Then I spray down the mat and scrub it with a microfiber cloth. Once I’m done, I’ll wet a separate cloth with plain warm water, wipe it down, and leave it flat to dry. It never takes too long because I didn’t completely soak it.

Here are 5 other cool ways to use dish soap:

Clean makeup brushes

Mix two parts dish soap with one part olive oil in a small bowl. Wet the brushes and sponges one by one under the faucet, dip in mixture, and swirl a few times. Rub the bristles between your fingertips to remove any debris and rinse them clean.

Shine jewelry

Soak the jewelry in a mix of seltzer water and dish soap for about five minutes. Use a soft toothbrush to scrub and then rinse with cool water.

Trap fruit flies

A fruity scent like Dawn Lemon Twist is perfect for this. Mix it with some vinegar in a bowl to set out on the counter.

Remove grease stains in clothing

Rub some dish soap on a greasy stain, let it sit, then toss it in the washing machine.

Remove oil stains from concrete

Sprinkle some baking soda over the stain. Cover it with some dish soap, let it soak for a few hours, then scrub with a brush. Rinse with water and repeat if necessary.

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