9 Surprising Household Uses for Everyday Foods

You might just be amazed at what kind of great cleaners you have hiding in your pantry and fridge. In fact, lots of foods double as helpful household products. Here are a few you likely have in your kitchen right now.

Tea is Perfect for Cleaning Wood Floors

Even if you're not a big tea drinker you should still be buying and brewing tea if you have hardwood flooring. That's because it makes an excellent floor cleaner that won't strip the wood of either its finish or its patina.

Walnuts Can Remove Scratches on Wooden Furniture

Simply rubbing the meat of a walnut onto a scratched furniture surface can easily hide the scratches from sight by adding a perfect layer of polishing oil to the damaged area.

Vodka is a Great Bathroom Cleaner

Vodka isn't just great for making cocktails where you can't taste the alcohol -it's also great for disinfecting and killing mold and mildew. That makes it an ideal bathroom cleaner. Use it on shower curtains to prevent mildew, use it on toilets and sinks to clean and sanitize, and use it to clean your floors completely.

Baking Soda Can Clean & Deodorize Your Microwave

You probably know baking soda is handy when it comes to absorbing odors in the kitchen, but did you know that microwaving a bowl filled with water and baking soda is a great way to deodorize and steam clean your microwave? Just wipe down the appliance after zapping the concoction for a few minutes.

Bread Makes a Great Wall Cleaner

Use some stale bread rolled into a ball on wall smudges and you'll soon realize they work almost as good as those fancy Magic Erasers -and for a fraction of the cost.

Peanut Butter Makes A Great Goo Remover

The oils in peanut butter are perfect for loosening up stubborn gunk like gum, label residue or other sticky messes. To use, just apply a thin layer of peanut butter to the affected area, let sit for 10 minutes and then return to scrape away the mess.

Mustard Can Remove Skunk Smell

Ran over a skunk or had one spray your house? Mustard powder and water can help -just be prepared to do a few coats depending on how bad your property was skunked.

Ketchup is a Great Brass Polish

You might not think of ketchup when you think "clean," but on brass and gold surfaces, the slight acidity and soft texture makes it a perfect polish. Just apply the ketchup to the surface, let it sit for a minute and then use a soft cleaning rag to remove the ketchup.

Flour Can Polish Stainless Steel

Kitchen appliances, sinks and all other types of stainless steel products can be easily polished up with nothing more than your basic baking flour. Just wash the item with regular cleanser and then apply flour and buff it out like you would with car wax.

Can't stop now? Well, we have plenty more cleaning ideas for bread, lemons, vodka, vinegar and salt in this cleaning hacks article -so get to your kitchen and break out some edible cleaning supplies already.


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