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The DIY Dawn Powerwash Recipe You Need If You Hate Scrubbing Dishes

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Dawn has been my personal dish soap of choice since I first started blogging back in 2011. Throughout all of the messes and grime and stains that life has thrown my way, Dawn has always been there for me, dependably making things cleaner.

So you can imagine my surprise when a few weeks ago, I spotted a brand new Dawn product in the cleaning aisle at the store: Dawn Powerwash Dish Spray. And in today’s post, you’re going to get the inside scoop on what this new and intriguing product actually is, plus I’ll show you how to make an inexpensive DIY version at home!

What Is Dawn Powerwash Dish Spray?

According to P&G, their new Powerwash product is an answer to the changing way that people are cleaning their dishes. Consumer research suggests that more and more people are using a “clean as you go” approach in the kitchen, washing one or two dishes during free moments while they cook.

The new Powerwash Dish Spray is meant to fit seamlessly into this process. The idea is that when you’re done using a dish or pan, you can just put it in the sink and spray it with Powerwash to begin breaking down those food residues. Then when you have a moment to spare, you can quickly scrub and rinse the dish clean.

What’s The Difference Between Powerwash & Regular Dawn Dish Soap?

The main difference between the Powerwash spray and regular Dawn dish soap is that you have to combine dish soap with water (either in your sink or via a wet sponge) in order for it to work properly.

On the other hand, Powerwash starts working as soon as you spray it onto your dish. This saves you valuable time and effort in the kitchen (at least, that’s what P&G hopes it will do!)

I was immediately interested in the function of this new addition to the Dawn family, but not quite as enthusiastic about the price tag. So I decided to do what I do best, and try my hand at making a DIY version at home! 🙂 And good news: If you’re looking to make a refill for the Dawn Powerwash you’ve already bought and used, this recipe will work for that, too!

How To Make Your Own DIY Powerwash Dish Spray (or Refill)

You’ll need:

Dish soap
Water
Spray bottle
White vinegar (optional)
Lemon essential oil (optional)

Directions:

Squeeze a small amount of dish soap into a spray bottle, then fill the remainder of the bottle with water. (I just eyeballed the amounts here, but I probably used about 1 tablespoon of soap and 10 ounces of water.)

I recommend using a continuous spray bottle if you can get your hands on one. This one replicates the experience of using the actual Powerwash product surprisingly well, and it helps distribute the spray more evenly than a standard spray bottle could. If you’ve already got a bottle of Powerwash at home, you can simply refill that bottle!

At this point, you can either stop here, or you can add a splash of white vinegar to the bottle to help fight hard water and mineral content in your water. A couple of drops of lemon essential oil for added grease-cutting power wouldn’t go amiss either (but both the vinegar and lemon oil are totally optional!)

Replace the spray top and shake the bottle gently to mix.

How To Use Your DIY Powerwash Dish Spray

When you start making dinner (or any meal, for that matter), set your DIY dish spray out next to the kitchen sink. As you prep and cook your food, spray each dirty dish generously with the dish spray before setting it in the sink.

Later on, once you’re finished eating and ready to clean up the kitchen, the dish spray will have worked its magic! Whether you choose to scrub the dishes by hand or load them into the dishwasher, your dishes will be sparkling clean in no time.

Do you clean as you go, or do you prefer to leave cleaning for later?

DIY Dawn Powerwash Refill

Jill Nystul

Dawn's new Powerwash soap spray has several great advantages, but my DIY version works just as well and costs pennies to make!
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Prep Time 2 mins
Active Time 3 mins
Total Time 5 mins

Cost $15

Yield 1 soap dispenser

Equipment

  • Continuous Spray Bottle

Ingredients

  

  • 1 tbsp Dish Soap
  • 10 oz Water
  • 1 tbsp White Vinegar
  • 5 drops Lemon Essential Oil

Instructions

 

  • Squeeze a small amount of dish soap into a spray bottle, then fill the remainder of the bottle with water. (I just eyeballed the amounts here, but I probably used about 1 tablespoon of soap and 10 ounces of water.)

    I recommend using a continuous spray bottle if you can get your hands on one. If you’ve already got an empty bottle of Powerwash at home, you can simply refill that bottle!

  • You can also add a splash of white vinegar to the bottle to help fight hard water and mineral content in your water, and a couple of drops of lemon essential oil for added grease-cutting power wouldn’t go amiss either (but both the vinegar and lemon oil are totally optional!)

    Replace the spray top and shake the bottle gently to mix.

  • As you prep and cook your food, spray each dirty dish generously with the dish spray before setting it in the sink.

    Later on, once you’re finished eating and ready to clean up the kitchen, the dish spray will have worked its magic! Whether you choose to scrub the dishes by hand or load them into the dishwasher, your dishes will be sparkling clean in no time.

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  • Do you think a little bit of peroxide can be added? I use a mixture of a little bit of dawn and peroxide and water to clean my cooktop, counters etc works well