Surprising Household Items That Double as Cleaners

Think that beer in your fridge is just for drinking and that white bread is only for sandwiches? Think again.
  1. Remove spots on your carpet with shaving cream.

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    “The foam breaks down the grease sticking to the carpet fibers and makes it easier to clean,” says Robert Buehler, co-owner of Golden Maid Service. Just don’t use shaving gel – it doesn’t work the same!
  2. Get that gum out of your carpet with an ice cube.

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    Hold an ice cube on the gum for around 30 seconds, says Meg Roberts, president of Molly Maid.Once it hardens, you can simply scrape away the pieces.
  3. Remove greasy fingerprints from walls with a slice of white bread.

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    The absorbent and spongy nature of white bread works as a natural grime remover. Rub a slice of bread over smudges and marks will simply disappear, Roberts says.

  4. Get rid of burn stains from pots with cola.

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    Let your pots and pans soak in the cola overnight and the stains will wipe right off, thanks to the acid in the soda, says Roberts.

  5. Spruce up dull wood furniture with beer.

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    Residue from commercial cleaners and polishes makes wood look dull. “Beer cuts through all that and brings back the luster of the wood,” says Matt Ricketts, president of Better Life Maids. Apply with a soft cloth, gently rub and let dry.
  6. Turn old socks into dust rags.

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    Slip the sock over your hand, dampen with polish or window cleaner and wipe away fingerprints and dust, says Colin Bishop, CEO of The Maids Home Services.
  7. Use coffee filters to clean your mirrors and windows.

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    Spritz on a little window cleaner, wipe and you’ll have a lint-free shine in no time, says Bishop.

  8. Use a tennis ball to remove scuff marks from your floor.

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    Squirt a bit of water over the offending mark and rub with a tennis ball, says Derek Christian, owner of My Maid Service.The soft felt covering works at the spot and the marks are gone in a flash!

  9. Use a fabric softener sheet to clean your baseboards.

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    “It actually coats the baseboard and keeps them cleaner for longer,” says Buehler.

  10. Use lemons to clean cutting boards.

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    Slice a lemon in half and squeeze onto a stained cutting board to get rid of food stains quickly and easily. If you rub the lemon juice and wait for 20 minutes before rinsing, you will remove the stains off lightly colored wood or plastic cutting boards.

  11. Clean your iron with salt.

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    While your iron is hot, run it on a paper scattered with salt to clear sticky filtrate.

  12. Use ketchup to clean copper pots and pans.

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    The acetic acid in ketchup dissolves the oxide tarnish that makes copper look cloudy. Just squeeze ketchup onto a cloth and rub it into copper and brass pots and pans. Rinse with warm water and dry normally.

  13. Clean cell phones with an eraser.

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    The molecules in erasers are 'stickier' than the cell phone screen, so when the eraser is rubbed onto the smudge or dirt, it sticks to the eraser rather than the cell phone.