10 Foods You Can Actually Clean Your House With

by Pinky Chng
LIFESTYLE  |  October 17, 2017
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    1 / 11 Skip disinfectant sprays

    Nature’s little cleaners can polish metals, remove scratches and stains, and clean up the corners of your house equally well. Scroll through the gallery to find out which foods work best.

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  • Mayonnaise
    2 / 11 Mayonnaise

    This fish and chips sidekick is more than just delish – rub a glob of mayo on water ring damage on your coffee table, allow it to sit, and buff the stain to remove it. Or, take the sticky out of stickers by rubbing mayo over the pieces that your little tot is pasting all over the house.

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  • Onions
    3 / 11 Onions

    Scrub a gunky pot with an onion slice, or a paste of crushed onion and water, to get all that grease and grime out. It gives your metal cutlery a new shine, too.

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  • White rice
    4 / 11 White rice

    This Asian staple is a multi-purpose marvel. Swish some of uncooked grains with warm water and detergent around your vase, grinder and hard-to-reach vessels – the rice works as a brilliant scouring pad.

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  • Walnuts
    5 / 11 Walnuts

    Walnuts can repair small nicks and scratches on your wood furniture. Simply rub a walnut, shell removed, on the affected area in a circular motion. The natural oils in the walnuts will seep into the wood, masking the damage.

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  • Lemons
    6 / 11 Lemons

    When life hands you lemons, use them to clean your house. Their mildly acidic properties allows them to cut through grease and grime on your kitchen appliances easily. It acts as a disinfectant, too.

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  • Bananas
    7 / 11 Bananas

    If cartoons knew the uses of banana peels, they wouldn’t be leaving them all around for others to slip on. Rub the white part of the peel on ink-stained spots and watch the ink magically disappear; or, blend banana peels to create a paste to shine your silverware or even polish your jewellery.

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  • Chillies
    8 / 11 Chillies

    Tropical troubles lurk in neglected corners of our home. Get rid of lizards by leaving dried chillies out near suspecting areas. Lizards hate their spicy scent, and will scurry away out of your house.

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  • Potatoes
    9 / 11 Potatoes

    The oxalic acid in potatoes, the cleaning agent found in commercial cleaners, make them a great natural alternative to clean your cookware and other kitchen appliances. Simply rub a cut raw potato against the dirty or tarnished spots.

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  • Cucumbers
    10 / 11 Cucumbers

    These don’t just make great DIY face masks – you can also use cucumber slices to polish any stainless steel products for a sexy shine. Or, clean the mirrors in your bathroom with cucumber juice to keep them fog-proof even through the steamiest of showers.

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  • Tea leaves
    11 / 11 Tea leaves

    Store dry, used tea bags in the refrigerator or at the bottom of your trash bins to neutralise the lingering odours from fresh foods. In the same way, these work as great DIY air fresheners. Bonus: the smell of tea also deters household pests like spiders and rodents.

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    A version of this story first appeared in The Finder.

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