38 Ingenious Ways You Can Use Food To Clean

In DIY Cleaners, Do it yourself, Tips and Tricks by Jamie Vos0 Comments

Cleaning is so much more enjoyable if you snack (or drink) while you do it.

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1. Use rye bread to remove scribbles from a wall.

Use rye bread to remove scribbles from a wall.

Did your child scribble all over a wall with a pencil? Here’s a weird trick that’ll probably remove the markings much better than a pink eraser would: rubbing them with a slice of rye bread.

2. Vinegar can do ~miracles~ for discolored grout.

Spray (or even just dump) some onto a tiled floor, let it sit for awhile, and then scrub the grout with a toothbrush.

3. Get the rust off a tarnished kitchen knife by cutting up an onion.

The process will remove the rust from the knife, but you’ll have to throw the onion away. You win some, you lose some.

4. Turn a banana peel into mush in a blender and then use it to shine up tarnished silver.

Turn a banana peel into mush in a blender and then use it to shine up tarnished silver.

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Put those peels to good use.

5. Use salt as a scrub to get rid of hard-to-remove lipstick stains from the rims of glasses or mugs.

6. Have berry-stained hands? Get a lemon.

Cut a few small slits in lemon halves and stick your fingers into the citrus fruit to get your skin back to its normal shade. Once the berry traces fade, rinse your hands off with water.

Do *not* try this if you have any cuts or sores on your fingers (or prepare for some stings and zings of pain).

7. Use Tang to degrease your dishwasher.

Use Tang to degrease your dishwasher.

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Are your dishes emerging from the washing machine covered in gunk? Dump Tang drink mix into an empty dishwasher and let it run a cycle to stop it from leaving residue all over your plates and glasses.

Learn more here.

8. Eliminate musty scents from vintage clothing and upholstered furniture by spritzing the fabric with vodka.

9. Don’t pour flat beer down the drain, use it to clean your wooden furniture!

Give any chair or table that could use a shine a wipe down with a cloth soaked in flat beer, and then another with a dry and beer-less cloth.

10. Remove scratches and dings from wooden furniture by rubbing the markings with a walnut.

Remove scratches and dings from wooden furniture by rubbing the markings with a walnut.

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The actual nut, not the shell.

11. Run some white rice through a coffee grinder (or any sort of grinder) to get rid of accumulated residue

Residue = bad tasting coffee.

Learn more here.

12. Use milk to repair china.

See some small cracks forming in your favorite vintage teapot? Don’t despair! Try heating the pot in milk to repair the cracks.

Learn more here.

13. Say “shoo fly don’t bother me” to winged pests by leaving a few fresh basil leaves in your fruit bowl.

Say "shoo fly don't bother me" to winged pests by leaving a few fresh basil leaves in your fruit bowl.

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Flies are NOT fans of basil.

14. Unstick a messy, sticky glob of gum from your carpet with a dab of peanut butter.

The oils will loosen up the gum from the carpet fibers so you can scrape it away.

15. Eliminate tomato sauce stains with lemon juice.

Have a crime scene’s worth of red stains on your counter after cooking? Get ‘em outta there with some lemon juice. Squeeze some onto each stain, let it sit, and then rub the spot with a bit of baking soda and a sponge.

16. Grab a few fresh sprigs of rosemary and rub them between your palms and fingers to get rid of unwanted odors.

Grab a few fresh sprigs of rosemary and rub them between your palms and fingers to get rid of unwanted odors.

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Banish stink-hand.

17. Clean out your toilet bowl with cola.

Coke and Pepsi being corrosive enough to leech all the enamel from your teeth = not great. Coke and Pepsi being corrosive enough to clean a grimy toilet = great! Dump a bottle into the toilet, let it sit, and flush. Bye bye nasty bowl.

18. Cover your hands with olive oil (not flour) to keep your hands clean when you handle dough while baking.

19. Make tarnished copper sparkle again with your favorite tomato-based condiment!

Make tarnished copper sparkle again with your favorite tomato-based condiment!

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Cover any copper item that’s seen better days with with ketchup and then wash it away with some water after about twenty minutes.

20. Periodically “brew” some vinegar and water in your coffeemaker to clean it out.

Learn more here.

21. Clean up a broken glass without cutting yourself by using a couple pieces of bread to pick up the teeny tiny shards.

Gently press the bread down on broken pieces and then carefully lift the slice back up and throw it away.

22. Remove dust from houseplant leaves using a banana peel.

Remove dust from houseplant leaves using a banana peel.

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You *could* use a duster instead, but a duster wouldn’t make the leaves shine!

23. Replace nasty kitchen smells with the refreshing scent of lemon.

Cut a few of the yellow citrus fruits in half, pop them into your oven, and bake them them at a medium temperature for an hour or so to remove odors from your kitchen.

24. Keep your floors streak-free while mopping by adding a spoonful of vinegar to your bucket of water.

25. Run citrus peels through your garbage disposal to make it smell less like the bowels of some vile monster.

Run citrus peels through your garbage disposal to make it smell less like the bowels of some vile monster.

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26. Send a few slices of white bread (or even a roll) through a meat grinder to clean out left behind meat and grease.

27. Use salt to get grease out of your oven with ease.

If grease dribbles out of your pan and onto the bottom of your oven, pour some salt over the spot and keep on cooking. After you’re done, just scrape away the pile of burnt up salt (so much easier than cleaning up plain ol’ grease).

Learn more here.

28. Does your windshield seem to be the go-to toilet for every bird in the area? Clean all the droppings off with a spray bottle full of club soda.

Does your windshield seem to be the go-to toilet for every bird in the area? Clean all the droppings off with a spray bottle full of club soda.

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Spritz it on the splatters and watch the poop wash away.

29. Smear butter around the spout of a pitcher or kettle to stop it from dribbling all over the counter when you pour.

This works because butter is hydrophobic.

30. Keep brightly colored items of clothing from fading by adding a few teaspoons of black pepper to your wash.

31. Use peanut butter to remove adhesive when you don’t have any Goo Gone on hand.

Use peanut butter to remove adhesive when you don't have any Goo Gone on hand.

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Can’t get all that pesky sticker residue off of a new purchase using your finger nails? PB will help you remove the adhesive with ease.

32. Use a slice of white bread to remove dust from the paintings on your walls.

33. Dribble coffee down your shirt during a busy morning? Get rid of the stain by rubbing it with some egg yolk on a towel.

Follow up the yolk bath with some water.

34. Rub a raw, peeled potato on a pair of shoes before commencing your normal polishing process to helpget rid of scuff marks.

Rub a raw, peeled potato on a pair of shoes before commencing your normal polishing process to help get rid of scuff marks.

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35. Polish up tarnished pewter objects around your home using raw cabbage. Simply rip off a few leaves and rub away.

36. Remove your children’s crayon murals from your walls by rubbing the drawings down with mayo.

37. Brighten yellow piano keys by giving them a rubdown with mayo and a non-abrasive cloth.

38. Deodorize water bottles and travel mugs with tomato juice.

Deodorize water bottles and travel mugs with tomato juice.

You’ve probably heard that tomato juice is a life saver when it comes to deodorizing a dog that’s been sprayed by a skunk, but the liquid removes foul odors from more than just canines. If you have a reusable drink container that continues to smell like ~something~ no matter how much you clean it, try letting some tomato juice sit inside the container for awhile and THEN wash it.

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