foods that double as cleaning supplies
Clean up your act with these double-duty foods.
text by Daise Bedolla
There are certain foods that act as all-natural alternatives to the chemically-filled cleaning products sitting on the shelves at the market. Meet the 10 most powerful ingredients in your home.
Deodorize your sink by placing half of a lemon in your garbage disposal. The other half can be used to cut down lime scale from your kitchen faucet and sink. Face it, these are pantry superstars.
2. banana peels
Think banana peels should go straight to the trash bin? Think again. Create a polishing paste to clean your silverware by mixing water with a pureed peel.
3. tea bags
Next time you have a cup of tea, save those used tea bags. When cooled, they add major polish to wooden surfaces like hardwood floors.
Scratched wooden surfaces aren’t a problem when you have walnuts handy. Simply remove a walnut from its shell, rub the meat diagonally into the scratch, and voilà! The walnut’s natural oils will do the rest.
5. corn starch
When it comes to carpet spills, rely on corn starch. Cover the entire stain with corn starch, let it rest for half an hour, and vacuum away. Cleaning magic at its finest.
6. coffee grounds
Coffee grounds = miraculous at taking care of odors. Place them at the bottom of your trash bag to soak up unwanted smells or neutralize odors in your refrigerator by storing a bowl of dried grounds with the rest of your food.
Great in salads. Obviously. They can also double as erasers. Take advantage of this cleaning use to help remove marks from your walls or use them to polish any stainless steel items.
8. stale bread
Use stale bread pieces to clean coffee grinders. They quickly soak up any leftover smells and residues. A bonus? They’re great for cleaning up tiny pieces of broken glass after an accident.
Salt causes rust, but it also helps remove it. While this may seem unreasonable, mixing salt with lemon juice produces a paste that helps restore shine to rusty metals around your home.
10. olive oil
Think twice before throwing out your cast-iron skillet. It might just need a quick clean with olive oil. For the best results, make a cleaning paste by combining olive oil with salt.