You might want to hit up the grocery store the next time you run out of cleaning supplies. Why? Well, it turns out some common ingredients double as cleaners. Even better: You probably already have most of these items in your kitchen right now.
Use the grainy texture of coffee grounds to remove gunk from cooking tools. Just throw in a handful of grounds, scrub away and rinse.
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Dump dry grounds into a sock or old pantyhose, tie a knot at the end, then drop 'em into shoes to zap odors overnight. These satchels can also freshen up a musty closet.
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Forget sandwiches: This spongy, doughy material is a safe way to clean a painting, free of harsh chemicals. Just don't rube it too hard and sweep any crumbs away once you're done.
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Stop painfully scrubbing your microwave. Make it easier to wipe down by heating a cup of water and a chopped-up lemon on high until the microwave's window is steamy. Let the bowl sit for 15 minutes, then wipe away.
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The big question: What can't you use a lemon to clean? Our favorite way is to use this citrus fruit to lift stains from your cutting board. Just sprinkle it with salt, then rub the lemon on top and rinse with water.
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The next time your garbage disposal is smelling foul — or you have a lemon wedge left over from your water — toss the rind into the sink while the disposal is running, then rinse it down with cold water. P.S. This also works with limes and oranges, too.
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You know how it's impossible to reach the bottom of some flower vases with your hands? Next time, toss a scoop of uncooked grains into the vessel and swish it around with warm water and dish detergent to scrub those tricky spots.
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Instead of heading to the store the next time you run out of this cleaner, look in your pantry. Mix two tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water and dispense it in a spray bottle — then wipe windows clean with a microfiber cloth. Just be careful not to use vinegar in these spots!
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When combined with white vinegar or lemon juice, this coarse spice serves as an excellent brass cleaner on things like non-lacquered cabinet knobs. Just dampen a sponge with vinegar, sprinkle the salt on top, lightly rub and rinse with water.
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All you need to do is combine one cup of hot water with one to two teaspoons of baking soda. Then, let rings sit for a few minutes and rinse.
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The acid in this French fry sidekick is what helps dissolve the tarnish on your copper pots and pans. To do this, massage the red stuff into your cookware and add a pinch of table salt for especially stubborn pots, then rinse with water and dry.
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The next time you notice a scratch on a piece of wood furniture, all you have to do is rub a walnut (minus the shell) on the surface to cover the damage. No, it's not magic: The natural oils in the nut help darken the wood to hide imperfections.
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Even if you don't like the taste of this liquor, the pungent scent will help kill odor-causing bacteria on your clothing. Spritz foul-smelling items with it, then hang them in a well-ventilated area until dry.
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If your sink is looking a little ... blah ... give it a light coating of this common oil to make it gleam again. Even better: This will prevent future water spots from showing up.
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