Tips For Cleaning Tools And Tires

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When you are the type of family that does lots of  DIY improvement projects that means that there are going to be times you need to show your tools some tough love. Whether they get greasy, are a bit rusty or are just plain downright dirty taking care of your tools is an important part of getting the job done!

We are sharing our cleaning tips for how to clean tools and how to clean tires. 

I’m going to share a few simple tricks perfect for your tools in your home or garage! We don’t often think of dishwashing liquid for being a powerful enough cleaner to help with keeping these garage items clean but, Dawn does just that!

Dawn beyond the sink is perfect for those other uses. I have enjoyed using Dawn for some time now. You may know Dawn’s catchphrase from the commercials, “softer hands and sparkling dishes.” I wanted to share how I used Dawn for some tough jobs beyond the sink. It’s amazing what it can do!

Tips for Cleaning Tools 

Tool Cleaning Tips_ Dawn and Tools

I thought I’d help the hubby clean up some dirty socket tools he had in the garage and share how well Dawn works for cleaning tools. These were some greasy, dirty dusty tools I found in there.

Dirty Sockets _closeup_

How to Clean Greasy Tools

  1. Add a teaspoon of Dawn to a gallon of hot water.

  1. With a dishrag or sponge, scrub away the grease and oil (do not soak hand tools*).

  2. When clean, thoroughly rinse them under running water and dry them with a towel right away.

  3. *soaking could lead to etching on certain materials

Dirty Socket _Toothbrush for scrubbing and Dawn Dish Washing liquid

I followed the directions listed above. Then using an old toothbrush or a cleaning-toothbrush I cleaned inside of the sockets. You can see the grime came off and I continued to scrub until fully cleaned. Then rinsed and dried. One by one.

Sockets soaking in water with Dawn Dish washing liquid_

I had these sockets cleaned up in no time flat!

Remember don’t soak them. Note*soaking could lead to etching on certain materials.

Socket cleaned with Dawn_rinsed and dried_

I was pretty amazed that I could see the silver socket so clean! Now, that’s the way to this heart. But, hey guys you can do this for your self and with your tools. Next up are the wheels and tires on our cars after a hot, dusty season and one rain that caked on mud,  it’s time to get the shine back on them!

How to Clean Tires and How to Clean Wheels

  • To remove grease and oil from car or bike wheels, add a teaspoon of Dawn to a gallon of hot water.

  • Dip a soft sponge into the bucket, and squeeze out any excess suds and water.

  • Scrub those hubs until all grease has been removed from the metal surface.

  • Rinse with clean warm water, and dry with a soft towel*.

dawn bottle

Now that you’ve seen how easy it is to get beyond the dishes with Dawn. They even have a line of ultra cleaning for your tough cleaning jobs!

Disclosure: This post has been compensated I am part of the Double Duty Divas Tools/Garage Crew. All opinions, text, and images are 100% honest and my own. I also appreciate Dawn for their efforts to help save wildlife. For over 30 years, Dawn dishwashing liquid has been an important part of rescuing and releasing more than 75,000 animals affected by oil pollution. What’s not to love about that!

Sorry, the giveaway and twitter parties have ended. 

What would you try Dawn on first? Your tools or tires?

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  1. I would have to say the hardest tools to clean are the wrenches that we use. They get very dirty.

  2. The real question is…which tool isn’t hard to clean! LOL My hubby is an HVAC & plumber with his own biz. Just a few weeks ago I helped him clean up a socket set and a wrench set. I wonder if I could use Dawn to clean up and clean out the insides of his tool boxes? They are really nasty!

  3. Great tips! I just used Dawn on my patio furniture before putting it away for the winter… it removed all the sunbaked and rain soaked grit and dirt perfectly, no heavy scrubbing or damage to the finish!

  4. I love that Dawn has so many awesome uses. It is a staple in this house. It really does clean the grease and oil off of things.

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