Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Household Cleaners

I'm amazed at how many general household items can be used as cleaners... here is a list that I found in Real Simple magazine this month:
  • White Bread - can use used to dust an oil painting. Gently dab the bread over the surface to pick up dirt and grime.
  • Ketchup - removes tarnish off of copper and brass cookware. Apply ketchup to a rag, use as a cleaner... rinse with warm water and dry with a towel.
  • Oatmeal - can be used to scrub very dirty hands... make a paste with oatmeal and water.
  • Rice - can use used to clean the inside of a vase or thin-necked bottle. Fill vessel 3/4 full with warm water and a tablespoon of rice... shake vigorously and rinse.
  • Tea - can be used to clean rusty garden tools. Brew some strong black tea, cool, and soak the tools for a few hours. Wipe each tool with a cloth - wear rubber gloves or your hands will stain.
  • Glycerin - can be used to remove dried wax drippings from candlesticks. Peel off as much wax as you can - then moisten a cotton ball with the glycerin and rub until clean.
  • Club Soda - can be used to shine a scuffed stainless-steel sing. Buff the sink with a cloth dampened with the club soda, then wipe dry with a dry cloth.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide - can be used to disinfect a key board... dip cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide to get into all the areas of your key board.
  • Cornstarch - can be used to clean up grease spills on carpet. Pour onto spots and let sit for 15-30 minutes before vacuuming.
  • Rubbing Alcohol - can be used to erase permanent-marker stains from hardwood floors or solid-surface countertops. Pour on a cotton ball and apply to stain.

There you have it! Enjoy! Pop on over to We are THAT Family to find other Works for Me Wednesday ideas.


  1. Okay, I'll admit - I'm kinda freaked out about the ketchup. It's a GREAT idea but if it can do that, I can't help but wonder what it does to my stomach!

  2. You know, I think that would be about the only reason for me to buy white bread. I think if mold doesn't like it, than there is a reason.

    As for the ketchup, it is probably the acids in the vinegar and tomatoes. The drawback is then I would be craving fries.


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