by asterixsew Moderator 25 Mar 2020

Hi Cuties. A totally unsewing or embroidery question. I was looking at ideas to make ones own handwipes and like many things that I see how to make it, it states Dawn washing up liquid. What is special about Dawn? or could any other washing up liquid be substituted? Thanks Cuties

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by asterixsew Moderator 26 Mar 2020

Ladies thanks or the wise words I am receiving from you. We learn so much from each other. Dawn washing up liquid is one of those things we don't have in the UK. As we are self isolating at the moment I cant wander the shops to find out what else there is.

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rescuer by rescuer 26 Mar 2020

It seems it only needs to be "soap" as it is soap that destroys the lipid covering for the virus. The most important ingredient listed in the rubbing alcohol and it needs to be %60+ of the mix.
No "antibacterial" cleaner is designed to clean viruses. They are designed to remove bacteria.
Cleaners that promise %99 of germs... can clean the virus off surfaces -- but then soap and hot water can do that as well.

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by 02kar Moderator 26 Mar 2020

This is a good question to ask during these uncertain times. I have to be honest, most DIY cleaning recipes use Dawn in my experience. I keep it on hand all the time. I've never had a problem cleaning dishes or even grease stains with Dawn.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 26 Mar 2020

Thanks

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by mrskiki 26 Mar 2020

Not all formulations of Dawn are antibacterial. Be sure to read labels. If you google homemade Clorox wipes you get recipes for these. Most include alcohol as well as Dawn. Here is one example:
Homemade Clorox Wipes

1 cup water
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
1 tsp. Dawn dish soap (only use Dawn)
2 Tbsp. ammonia (optional)
24 rags – cut into squares. (I cut them to about 4×6 inches but whatever size you have available or whichever size you need will work. I also use old washrags that have seen better days.)

Mix the ingredients and pour over the rags.* Then, when you need to clean your bathroom, use them as you would the disposable Clorox wipes.

Hugs. Nan

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asterixsew by asterixsew 26 Mar 2020

Thanks and Clorex is something I am not familiar with

rescuer by rescuer 26 Mar 2020

Clorox is the name brand of bleach here in the US

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by rescuer Moderator 25 Mar 2020

According to the articles I read, Dawn is a disinfectant. Antibacterial qualities often won't kill a virus.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 26 Mar 2020

Thanks

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by asterixsew Moderator 25 Mar 2020

Vital point forgotten as the brain is working overtime. I am in the uk and the Dawn is just one of the ingredients

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by crafter2243 Moderator 25 Mar 2020

Dawn is a dish washing detergent being sold here in the USA. I do not know anything about the antibacterial properties. I just know that it cuts grease really well. I imagine that another liquid dish detergent should do as well.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 26 Mar 2020

Thanks

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by jerrib 25 Mar 2020

I believe Dawn has an antibacterial soap...
Hugs and Keep Safe.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 26 Mar 2020

Thanks and keep safe too

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