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11 Foods That Can Clean Your House

Dirt begone! Now your house can enjoy the same clean feeling that your mouth gets from Orbit Gum!

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1. Vinegar

Among other things, vinegar can be used for soaking smelly pet toys. It zaps the odor without adding harsh chemicals that pets will ingest.
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Among other things, vinegar can be used for soaking smelly pet toys. It zaps the odor without adding harsh chemicals that pets will ingest.

2. Walnuts

Rub a walnut on scuffed furniture. The natural oils help mask and fix the scratches.
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Rub a walnut on scuffed furniture. The natural oils help mask and fix the scratches.

3. Baking Soda

Sprinkle baking soda onto carpets before vacuuming to deodorize them.
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Sprinkle baking soda onto carpets before vacuuming to deodorize them.

4. Lemon

Rub a lemon dipped in salt onto tarnished copper to lift the stains.
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Rub a lemon dipped in salt onto tarnished copper to lift the stains.

5. Rice

Use rice to clean coffee grinders. Just put a few scoops of uncooked rice in and turn it on! Dump the rice after it is ground.
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Use rice to clean coffee grinders. Just put a few scoops of uncooked rice in and turn it on! Dump the rice after it is ground.

6. Tea

Dip a rag in room-temperature tea to clean and polish wooden surfaces.
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Dip a rag in room-temperature tea to clean and polish wooden surfaces.

7. Banana Peels

Use a paste of blended banana peels and water to polish lightly tarnished silver.
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Use a paste of blended banana peels and water to polish lightly tarnished silver.

8. Cream of Tartar

A sprinkle of cream of tartar on a wet sponge can remove gunk from metal appliances you keep near the stovetop.
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A sprinkle of cream of tartar on a wet sponge can remove gunk from metal appliances you keep near the stovetop.

9. White Onion

Rub half a white onion on a hot grill (using tongs for safety) to remove food buildup without chemicals.
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Rub half a white onion on a hot grill (using tongs for safety) to remove food buildup without chemicals.

10. Salt

Clean greasy cast-iron with a sprinkle of salt, a little bit of water, and paper towels to scrub.
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Clean greasy cast-iron with a sprinkle of salt, a little bit of water, and paper towels to scrub.

11. Cola

Dump it into your toilet and let it sit for an hour. The cola eats through the grime. You won't even need to scrub!
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Dump it into your toilet and let it sit for an hour. The cola eats through the grime. You won't even need to scrub!