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15 things you didn’t know you could use for cleaning

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Why pay a lot of money for a variety of cleaning products that emit harsh fumes? Many of the things you already have around the house can be used for cleaning. You'll be amazed at the materials you have at home that can be used for cleaning.

Over the years we have all learned what a money-saver it is to clean with vinegar and baking soda. Sure, these two things work great and are very inexpensive to buy, but there are other things you can use to clean with that are equally as convenient and affordable. For example, did you know you can use coffee filters to clean windows, or hairspray to remove ink stains? And I bet you didn't realize how clean you can get your shower doors with dryer sheets!

Coffee grounds - Remove tough baked-on food from cookware with coffee grounds. Dip a rag or sponge into the grounds and scrub. The rough texture of the grounds will remove even the toughest baked-on food, but won't scratch your favorite pots, pans, or casserole dishes.

Denture tablets - Remove stubborn toilet stains with denture tablets. Drop one or two in the bowl and let set overnight. In the morning, flush down and scrub the bowl for an incredibly clean, and stain-free, toilet.

Coffee filters - The best thing to wipe mirrors and glass with isn't paper towels or newspapers, it's unused coffee filters. They work great! They don't leave behind any lint or residue, and you can purchase a pack of several hundred at your local dollar store.

Brewed tea - Brew a batch of strong tea and let it cool completely. Store it in a squirt bottle and use the tea to clean mirrors. It works great and buffs away with a clean cloth.

Coke or Pepsi - Have you ever heard what will happen if you leave a penny in a glass filled with Coke or Pepsi? The story is you'll find a brand-new looking penny the next day. And, that's true. Coke or Pepsi will eat away rust, remove baked-on food from pots and pans, and even clean toilet stains.

Hairspray - Remove ink stains from leather with inexpensive hairspray. Simply spray hairspray directly to the stain and let it set for 10 minutes. Wipe with a clean rag. Repeat, if necessary.

Shaving cream - Use cheap shaving cream to clean the bathroom mirror to a sparkling shine. Just wipe it on and remove with a soft cloth. The next time you shower, your mirror will stay fog-free, too!

Paste car wax - Apply a coat of paste car wax to bathroom faucets and doors to prevent water spots. Simply apply and polish surfaces for a long-lasting shine. This will also help with soap build-up.

Powdered laundry detergent - Use powdered laundry detergent to clean stains from ceramic and porcelain surfaces. Simply dip a damp rag into the powder and use a little elbow grease to remove the stains. Wipe clean with a fresh damp cloth.

Mayonnaise - Remove water marks from wood with mayonnaise. I wouldn't have believed how well this works if I hadn't seen it myself, but with a little elbow grease, it really works! Get complete instructions here. (I've heard this method works equally as well on cigarette burns)

WD-40 - WD-40 will remove crayon from walls, ink stains from furniture, scuff marks from floors, and sticky residue from glass or mirrors. The downfall to using WD-40 as a cleaning agent is the odor, which can be a bit strong for some people, so it's best to use in a ventilated space.

Table salt - Remove coffee, tea, or even sweat stains from clothing with salt. Combine four tablespoons salt with a spray bottle of warm water. Saturate the clothing and let set for 15 - 30 minutes. Launder as usual.

Fabric softener - Remove left-on hairspray build-up from countertops, mirrors, doors, and other surfaces, with a mixture of warm water and liquid fabric softener. Spray on and wipe away for a residue-free finish.

Toothpaste - Remove scratches from DVDs, video games, and CDs with a little dab of toothpaste. Apply a small drop of toothpaste on the scratched media, and use a soft cloth to polish the surface. Wipe away residue with a clean cloth.

Dryer sheets - Remove soap scum from shower doors with dampened dryer sheets. You'll be amazed at how well these surprising household cleaners work! Dryer sheets are also great for dusting furniture, wiping up loose pet hair, and remove static from electronics.

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