Not only clothes: what can be cleaned with laundry detergent in the house

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Laundry detergent is one of the most widely used household products. It is designed for laundry, but its ingredients have the potential to clean other areas of the home as well.

Laundry detergents contain enzymes and surfactants, which makes them versatile cleaning agents. Better Homes & Gardens has told us what exactly they can be used for.

Carpet and upholstery

Liquid laundry detergent is a lifesaver for carpets and upholstery. It will help get rid of stains from food, drinks, crayons, and pet dirt.

Simply dilute 1 teaspoon of the product in a small bowl of water, dampen a cloth with the solution and rub the stains. Then rinse the cloth thoroughly under running water and remove any residual detergent to prevent the area from oxidizing and darkening over time.

Not only clothes: what can be cleaned with laundry detergent in the house

Outdoor furniture

All types of outdoor furniture, from plastic to fabric, can be cleaned with a diluted detergent. Dampen a cloth or brush with a solution of water and detergent and get rid of all dirt, dust, and mold.

Concrete and other outdoor surfaces

Use a concentrated liquid laundry detergent to remove oil stains from your driveway, garage, or other outdoor surfaces. Pour a small amount of liquid laundry detergent directly onto the stain and scrub it with a stiff-bristled brush. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse the area with water.

Children's toys

Soak children's toys made of hard plastic in a solution of laundry detergent and warm water to remove dirt and bacteria. You can also wash soft toys with this solution.


The ingredients in laundry detergent are designed to remove biological dirt, such as sweat or sebum. That is why it is an effective bathtub cleaner.

Not only clothes: what can be cleaned with laundry detergent in the house


You can unclog any drains and drainage channels with laundry detergent and hot water. Simply pour 1/4 cup of liquid laundry detergent down the drain, wait 15-20 minutes, and then carefully pour very hot water down it.


If you're out of dishwashing detergent, there's no reason to leave your plates and pans dirty. Use liquid detergent to effectively remove food residue. But remember that laundry detergent is more concentrated than dishwashing detergent, so you'll only need a small amount.


Like dishwashing detergent, hand soap can be replaced with liquid laundry detergent.

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