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    Updated on Dec 30, 2018. Posted on Jun 30, 2018

    16 Household Items You Probably Didn't Know You Could Clean With

    Potatoes for a dirty grill and mayo for doodles on the wall.

    1. Crumple eggshells in a pan to give your sponge some extra scouring power.

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    Crush the shells and move them around the pan with a soapy sponge. Learn more here.

    2. Or shake the shells up in a jar or vase with soapy water to scrub the interior, if you can't actually reach inside with a sponge.

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    Dry rice will also work if you're not an egg-lover! Learn more here.

    3. Deodorize your shoes with used tea bags to keep your closet from smelling like feet.

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    Let the tea bags dry out completely before putting them in your shoes. This'll take about 8–12 hours to work. Learn more here.

    4. Ferment citrus peels to make a non-toxic cleaner that has a lovely smell.

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    Soak the orange peels in white vinegar in an air-tight jar for three weeks, then strain out the orange peels and shake up the remaining liquid with an equal amount of water. You can add 20–30 drops of a citrus essential oil if you want the scent to be more pronounced, but that step is totally optional! Learn more here.

    5. Freeze citrus peels in white vinegar to clean out a garbage disposal and make it smell extra fresh.

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    First, make sure that there's no food gunk stuck to the underside of the rubber flaps. Then, toss the ice cubes down the drain and turn on the disposal until the grinding sound stops. You could also just toss the peels or pits straight in with ice. Regular ice won't have quite the same cleaning power as vinegar, but it will still help sharpen and clean the blades. Learn more here.

    6. Collect used dryer sheets to dust off your electronics.

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    Not only do dryer sheets effectively collect dust, but they also have static-removing properties that will prevent the dust from resettling quite as quickly. Learn more here.

    7. Rub away water stains and burn marks on wood furniture with a bit of mayo.

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    Let the mayo sit on the stain for about 10 minutes before wiping it off with a clean cloth. Follow it up with wood oil if you have some on hand! Learn more here.

    8. Pry gum off the floor with a splash of cola.

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    Just pour the cola and pull the gum off with a paper towel. You can also use cola to clean grease stains off the garage floor and de-rust your outdoor tools. Learn more here.

    9. Drop denture tablets in the toilet and let them fizz away at rings and stains.

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    Let them fizz for about 20–30 minutes, rub at the stains with your toilet brush, and flush. Learn more here.

    10. Spruce up a scuffed leather couch with the inside of a banana peel.

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    The leather will absorb the potassium from the banana peel. Wipe off excess residue and buff the leather with a microfiber towel. Learn more here.

    11. Clean permament marker off the walls with a spritz of hairspray.

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    Spray directly on the marker and wipe away with a paper towel. You can also use hairspray to get permanent marker out of the carpet. Just pour a bit of rubbing alcohol on the stain, blot away with a cotton swab, and spray. Use a cotton swab or a toothbrush to rub it out. Learn more here.

    12. Or rub crayon doodles off the walls with a bit of mayo.

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    Coat the ~artwork~ in mayo and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it off with a damp cloth. Learn more here.

    13. Scrub down a grimy grill with vegetable oil, salt, and a potato.

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    Dip a brush in vegetable oil and run it all over the grate. Sprinkle salt all over and then rub the halved potato until it's sparkling. Give the grate a rinse and get to grillin'! Learn more here.

    14. Rub a little toothpaste on yellowing piano keys to get them pearly white.

    15. Mix crushed aspirin in water to remove sweat stains.

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    Pour it over the sweat stains and let it soak for a few hours. Rub a dab of detergent directly on the stain and then toss in the wash. Learn more here.

    16. Remove sticker label residue with a glob of peanut butter.

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    Smear the peanut butter on the label residue, let it sit for a minute, and then rub it off. Learn more here.

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