Finding things that can do double or even triple duty is like finding little gold nuggets. This article will give you a list of items you may already have stocked in your kitchen that do a little more than just flavor your dinner. The best part is that these foods are a great way to make your cleaning routine a little more eco-friendly and they are completely safe for children and pets. Check out these handy items and incorporate them into your regular cleaning routine to save money and protect the environment:
Try these foods to clean your house
Most people won’t be surprised to find this citrus wonder on the list. The lemon’s antiseptic and anti-bacterial assets make this fruit a must-have in the kitchen, and the cleaning closet. Lemons can help remove odors and eliminate water buildup. As a bonus, lemons have bleaching properties, which make them great for removing stains. Try using a halved- lemon to wipe down bathroom and kitchen handles (sinks, stove and tub) for a quick shine.
It’s no shocker that this cooking powder made the list either. Baking soda helps cookies get fluffy, removes odors, and makes stains disappear from a variety of surfaces. Sprinkle some baking soda on pet urine to nix the smell quickly, mix with a bit of water and lemon to form a paste for cleaning the stove or pour down your drain with some vinegar to remove odors. As an added bonus: you can even brush your teeth with baking soda.
Yup, this tasty whole grain can help you get those annoying crayon marks off the wall. Rub a slice over the crayon and watch it disappear. Bread is also a great way to make sure you get even the tiniest slivers of glass after your drop a dish. Press the bread on to the floor or glassed-area to pick up smaller pieces.
If you need to clean your coffee grinder: grind a dry piece of bread to help remove old odors and particles.
Don’t toss those slimy peels away just yet. Try tossing them in a blender with a little water for the perfect paste to shine your silver! This cheap trick will remove tarnish from your silver at a fraction of the cost of silver cleaner.
This versatile veggie tastes great on salads and cleans marks from the wall. Try slicing one in half and using it to polish your stainless steel kitchenware.
Vinegar is an antiseptic, use it to kill germs, and mix it with water to scrub any surface. The vinegar odor will fade and leave everything sparkling clean.
After you finish enjoying your glass of tea, use the cool tea bag to clean wood surfaces like a cutting board or the front of your cupboards. You can also dip a rag in the tea and scrub other wood surfaces.
This tangy condiment is great for cleaning any type of copper. The acid from the tomatoes will help remove grunge and add shine to your copper kitchenware.
Don’t toss your used coffee grinds, instead use them to scrub greasy surfaces (stovetop anyone?) You can also store them in your refrigerator in an open container to remove odors.
Coarse salt (like sea salt) is a great tool for scrubbing. Pour onto your cutting boards and scrub with a rag or pour salt onto a grease spill and let it set. Cleanup will be a snap after a few minutes. If you spill wine on your tablecloth, pour some table salt onto the stain before tossing it into the washer.
Club soda is a great stain remover. You can remove grease stains and wine stains from clothing with a little club soda. Pour club soda in a spray bottle and wash your car windows or clean your cast iron skillets and pots with a club soda bath (no water).
If you need to remove sticker residue from a surface, try using peanut butter. The oils help loosen the adhesive so you can remove those Elsa stickers from the wall a lot faster.
Trim your shoe-shining budget with the quick and simple trick: cut a raw potato in half and rub it on your shoes to get rid of scuffmarks. Follow with a regular shining for extra glam.
Use potato peels to get rid of rust. Use the peel as a rag, dip it in baking soda and scrub about the rust away with ease. If you need to clean your fireplace, try this cool treatment to remove dangerous substances naturally.
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