Have you ever cleaned a vase with rice, or maybe given your shoes a new shine with a banana? From grapefruits, to ketchup and coca-cola, these are the cleaning tricks every homeowner should know about to save you time and money!
Clean your bathtub…with grapefruit
If you have an issue with bathtub rings and soap scum then worry no more. Simply cut a grapefruit in half, sprinkle some rock salt on top and then scrub away. Not only will it have your tub sparkling in no time but your bathroom will smell divine too.
Shine your shoes…with bananas!
Put away the shoe polish, all you need to buff up your favourite boots are some banana peels! To add shine to your shoes, rub the inside of a banana peel all over the surface of your shoes in a circular motion. Then just grab a soft cloth and rub your shoes until they are buffed and sparkle like new!
Clean awkward sized vases…with rice
If you struggle to clean certain vases, bottles or wine glasses due to their strange size then try this tip. Fill bottle with uncooked rice, water and washing up liquid, cover and shake until clean. Then rinse and leave to dry.
Polish your silver…with Ketchup!
Silver photos frames, brass doorknobs, and even your jewellery – these are all things that will become dull, dirty and lose their shine over time. Tomato ketchup is actually a great way to put the shine back into your silver, as the tomatoes contain an acid that is strong enough to dissolve the dirt and dullness, but not strong enough to actually damage your silver or brass. Check out this how to video here…
Clean your loo…with coke!
If you’re looking for a cheap, easy, and non-toxic way to clean your loo, then Coca-cola is the answer! Just tip and swill a can of coke down your loo before you go to bed, and leave it to sit over night. Then in the morning, give it a quick scrub with a loo brush and flush – the stains should have faded or gone completely!
Deep clean shower head…with vinegar
After having a shower, fill a sandwich bag with baking soda and vinegar and tie it around the showerhead using an elastic band. Leave this to soak overnight then any debris will come off easily with an old toothbrush.
Remove furniture stains…with walnuts
If water rings have damaged your coffee table, or you have scratches on a wooden surface, then an old walnut could help you out. Simply crack open the nut and take out the ‘meat’ on the inside. Then rub it into the scratched wood (NB: only use this on darker woods). For lighter woods, or if you’ve got stubborn water rings, you can also try holding a hairdryer close to the stain, on a high setting, and watch it disappear…
Clean your iron…with salt and foil
If you’ve got a build up of dirt and grime on the bottom of your iron then simply turn it on (no steam) and iron a piece of aluminium foil with some salt sprinkled on top. The salt will attract the grime and remove it.