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20 Totally Genius Ways To Clean Things Around Your House With FOOD

OCTOBER 27, 2015  —  By Grace Eire  
Grace Eire

Grace Eire

On Viral Nova, Grace writes about cute animals. She also writes for design42day.com, and thoroughly enjoys puns - the good kind or the bad kind. She's not picky when it comes to puns. She's studied English, music, film, and other creative fields. In her spare time she's reading or writing creative nonfiction, arranging songs, or writing jokes just in case she some day decides to try stand up comedy.

There are times when Pine-Sol just isn't enough to clean up all the very specific messes in your home. While you're all set with Lysol wipes and Bar Keepers Friend to remedy the regular kitchen spills, there just isn't enough cabinet space in the world to hold all the different bottles made specifically to clean one or two things. That's where your pantry comes in. Yep, I mean your food.

Your groceries can do wonders around your home!

1. Did someone take it upon themselves to scribble all over the wall?

Scrub it off with some rye bread.

2. Butter will keep you from pouring iced tea all over everything.

Rub some around the lip of a pitcher and it'll prevent the liquid from escaping down the side of the container. (Lamb shape not necessary, but appreciated.)

3. If the grout in your bathroom or on the kitchen floor needs some sprucing up...

Let some vinegar sit on the tiles for a bit, then scrub with a toothbrush.

4. Are your kitchen knives rusty (and you're too cheap to buy a whole new set)?

Grab an onion and chop it up with the rusty knife. The onion will have to go in the garbage, but your knives will be much less rusty!

5. Don't throw your brown banana peels away...just don't do it!

If you blend them up into a mush, you can use it to polish your tarnished silver.

6. A walnut can save your scuffed-up wooden furniture.

Rub the ACTUAL NUT, not the shell, on the scratched or dinged area, and the mark will disappear like magic. I don't know how -- science probably.

7. Sometimes the dishwasher isn't enough to get your lipstick off of your favorite mug...

...in which case, you should use some salt to scrub it off.

8. Not only is tomato juice a crucial ingredient for the world's most amazing brunch beverage...

It will also help your travel containers and water bottles smell fresh again. Pour some tomato juice into the container and let it sit before washing it out.

9. Got dusty pantings hanging in your home?

Wipe 'em down with some white bread. Who needs refined starches, anyway?

10. Tang is good for way more than just a sugar high.

Dump some of the powder into your grimy dishwasher and put it through a cycle for a like-new appliance.

11. Vodka is good for more than getting drunk, too.

If you've got musty, vintage clothes, spritz them with some vodka. It'll get rid of all those...odd smells.

12. Milk will give you strong bones, but it can also repair your china.

Heat china with small cracks in some milk, and the marks will disappear.

13. I know, it seems like a shame to use peanut butter for anything other than shoveling it in your mouth...

But it can save your carpet if someone dropped their gum on it. The oils loosen it so you can scrape the glob away.

14. Coke is delicious, yes.

But it's also incredibly corrosive...corrosive enough to clean the grime from your toilet bowl. Think about that next time you chug a super-size at the movie theater.

15. Ketchup pairs perfectly with fries...

And it also polishes up your tarnished copper. Slather it on and wash it away 20 minutes later.

16. Cabbage will polish your pewter.

Just use a leaf like a towel and rub away.

17. If your kitchen is stinky, lemons are here to save the day.

Pop some sliced lemons or other citrus fruits into your oven on low and the whole place will be lemony-fresh.

18. This potato is sad because your shoes are all scuffed up.

Cut him in half and rub him on your shoes before your regular polishing process.

19. Adding a few teaspoons of ground black pepper to your laundry wash can work wonders.

It'll keep your bright colors from fading.

20. While mayonnaise is a very controversial condiment...

It can help brighten up yellowed piano keys when paired with a non-abrasive cloth.

(via BuzzFeed)

Now you're equipped to tackle all those pesky chores that you had no idea how to conquer before. And you didn't have to buy a big bottle of What's-It-Called that you'd never use again to do it!