Dawn Dish Soap

Sometimes, when things are so filthy you have nothing to lose, Dawn dishwashing detergent saves the day.

Cutting through tough grease and food stains on dinnerware.

Spot-treating carpet stains.

Cleaning wildlife after environmentally disastrous oil spills.

Pre-treating laundry stains.

Cleaning leather covered in stains, oil, and mystery filth.

I've successfully removed all kinds of undesirable things from everyday life with Dawn. I realize it's manufactured by some enormous conglomerate probably guilty of all kinds of evil, but it works really well and is readily available. Sometimes, you have to pick your battles.

When I have a piece of tack that's really on the bottom side of hopeless, I'll wash the entire thing in Dawn to try to attain as close to clean slate status as possible. It helps dissolve old grease and sweat, years of dirt-impregnated oil, dander and sludge. I've even used it to pre-treat stains on suede chaps before washing and dyeing, though I strongly recommend a spot test beforehand.

This old Maycraft (Japan) halter had layer upon layer of old dirt, plus oil stains, and the stitching was filthy. Dawn, lots of water, a soft toothbrush and a microfiber rag got it deep-down clean.

Once I've cleaned leather with Dawn and water, I let it dry, assess my options, and always follow up with a conditioner as the final treatment step.

This would be considered an off-label use,  though I suspect if it's safe for contact with humans and wildlife, it's safe for filthy leather.

Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauramine Oxide, Alcohol Denat., Sodium Chloride, PPG-26, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance, Red 33, Blue 1, Yellow 5.


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