Your go-to cleaners might come in a bottle, but when tackling a tricky stain, it’s worth cleaning outside the box. Try these fridge and pantry finds to freshen and brighten nearly every area of your home.
Citrus can zap grime from your microwave, remove stains from linens, and shine brass.
Swish a scoop of uncooked grains (with warm water and a little dish detergent) around the inside of a vase to scrub hard-to-reach spots.
This french fry sidekick can shine copper and get your car gleaming again.
4. Table salt
The course texture of this cooking staple can erase stains from butcherblock countertop, and helps release stuck-on food from your cast-iron skillet.
Got a scuff or a scratch on your wood furniture? Rub it with a walnut (shell removed) to mask the damage.
6. Powdered lemon or orange drink
The citric acid in your favorite drink powder can help banish rust and stains from your dishwasher.
7. Cream of tartar
This common baking ingredient can remove the grayish residue that shows up on aluminum utensils after you run them through the dishwasher.
8. Baking soda
This stuff deserves a star spot in your cleaning cabinet. Mixed with warm water, it’s an effective all-purpose cleanser — it can even shine jewelry.
Like baking soda, white vinegar is a powerful cleaning tool. It can freshen laundry, lift stains from carpet, brighten windows, and so much more. Just don’t use it in these spots — you might do more harm than good.
Grab the bottle from leftover from your last big party to deodorize clothes and shine chrome and porcelain fixtures.
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