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Cleaning Tips with Everyday Household Items

Trying to pinch-a-penny, or just need a quick “clean” fix?
Save yourself a trip to the store with these everyday household products!

Coffee Grounds
Use coffee grounds in your refrigerator or freezer to neutralize odors
Sprinkle old grounds around places you don’t want ants, or on the ant hills themselves. Used grounds also repel snails and slugs.

White Vinegar
Keep your dishwasher extra clean with white vinegar. Dilute ½ cup of water into the detergent cups and run the empty machine for a complete cycle.
Clean counter tops with a cloth soaked in undiluted white distilled vinegar.
Cut the grime on the top of the refrigerator or stove with a paper towel or cloth and full-strength white distilled vinegar.

Ice Cubes
Tossing ice cubes into the garbage disposal breaks up grease and keeps it clean. Add some orange, lemon or lime peels to ward off odors.

Dryer Sheets
Get stubborn foods off pots by placing a dryer sheet in the pot. Fill with water and let sit overnight, then sponge off the next morning. The antistatic agent weakens the bond between the stuck-on food and the surface of the pan, while the fabric softener works by loosening the food particles for an easier clean.


Freshen-up the toilet bowl with denture or antacid tablets. Drop two in the water, let soak for at least 20 minutes, then brush and flush. The phosphoric acid in this mixture removes rust rings and other mineral deposits.

Do you know of other household products that are not-so-commonly known for cleaning? Leave us some suggestions in the comments below!

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