Odd Household Cleaners


Odd Household Cleaners

Before you go to the shops to buy the cleaner you need for a job, have a look in your pantry as you will find some surprising household cleaners lurking in there.


Ketchup is more known for causing stains then actually cleaning. However, ketchup is able to remove tarnish and other stains on pots and pans. Also ketchup is also able to clean those silver pieces you have.

Copper and Brass Pots and Pans

If you have a tarnished copper and brass pots and pans then you can use ketchup to clean them. Squeeze ketchup on to a damp cloth. On the tarnished areas rub the cloth in a circular motion. The original colour will begin to shine through in minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry.

Tarnished Silver

Fill a small bowl with ketchup and use it as a dip for tarnished silver items. Allow the item to sit in the ketchup for 5 to 10 minutes. In warm water rinse the piece and dry.

White Bread

White bread sticks to things so you can use it to dust and pick up broken glass.

Dust Paintings

You can avoid damage to your oil paintings with a weakly dust and the tool for the job is white bread. White bread won’t leave any residue on the painting and is great for attracting dust. On the painting dab the white bread.

Broken Glass

It can be hard to get all the pieces when glass breaks. You can get the smallest of pieces with white bread. Dab the bread on the surface where the glass shattered. The glass will stick to the bread and you can throw it away.


Tea is known for leaving stains, but it can be used for household chores.black tea

Hardwood Floors

Black tea can be used to clean floors and add a shine to hardwood floors. Mop a small area to check for discolouring first. You can’t use tea though on laminate flooring. To clean hardwood floors with tea, first boil a pot of water and add 5 or 6 tea bags to it. Turn the heat off and allow the tea to sit for around 10 minutes. Pour the tea into a bucket and add cold water. Mop the floor as you would usually, but ensure the mop is wrung first.

Microwave Cleaning

Boil water and add a few green tea leaves to it. Remove the water from the heat and allow it to cool so that you are able to handle it. Use the tea water to wash down the inside and outside of your microwave. This will help to remove odours and add a fresh smell.



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