Cleaning with coffee: it works!

Better keep yourself clean and bright. You are the window through which you must see the world.

– George Bernard Shaw

It seems like it shouldn’t work. Coffee stains cups, and it certainly doesn’t help to get things clean once it’s wet. However, there are some very clever uses for coffee in your home, our favourites of which are listed below.

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1. Fridge: coffee is great at getting rid of bad smells. Leave some open coffee grounds at the back of your fridge to catch any odours before they get nasty.

2. Cutlery: coffee is a great scourer, so use it on tough dirt before dish soap.

3. Fireplace: put wet coffee grounds on ash in the fireplace, and they’ll be much easier to sweep up.

4. Dishes: if you’ve got non-porous dishes with dried-on grime, scrub them with coffee for a thorough clean, then wash as normal.

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Want to find out more?

Check out the sources we used to compile this list:

10 Uses for Coffee Grounds

20 Unusual Uses for Coffee

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How to clean in your kitchen using salt

Keep your own house and its surroundings pure and clean. This hygiene will keep you healthy and benefit your worldly life.

– Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Salt is a natural, non-toxic exfoliant. It’s great for scrubbing, and is totally safe for consumption (in very small amounts, though, because your heart doesn’t like it). Read on for some useful home cleaning tips that work using salt.

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1. Stained cups: make a paste from salt and dish soap and rub the stains away.

2. Water rings: make a paste from salt and vegetable oil. Rub on water marks made on wooden tables.

3. Greasy pans: if you’ve got some grease that isn’t shifting, scrub it with salt before using dish soap.

4. Smelly sponges: after a while, sponges can get a bit nasty. To remedy this, add salt to water and give the sponges a quick wash after using them.

5. Drains: add 1/2 cup of salt to 1/2 cup of boiling water, and pour down the drain every few days. Smells and bacteria will be eliminated.

6. Grease fires: pour salt onto a grease fire. Never put water on a grease fire, as it will cause the grease to splash outwards (not good).

7. Chopping boards: After use, wash your chopping boards in salty water. They’ll look more like new.

8. Oven: sprinkle salt on top of any oven spills to make them easier to clean off.

9. Water bottles: if you’ve got a water bottle with a narrow neck, pour salt into the bottom of it with hot water. Swirl the mixture around in the bottle, then rinse it out.

10. Windows: mix a few tablespoons of salt with a gallon of warm water. Ice and fog won’t be able to form as easily.

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Want to find out more?

Check out the sources we used to compile this list:

37 Smart Uses of Salt for Non-Toxic Cleaning Purposes

23 Wonderful Ways to Use Salt

Over 60 Ways to Use Salt

46 smart uses for salt

28 Household Uses for Salt

How to Use Salt Around the House

Baking soda: it’s not just for cooking!

Cleanliness is very important. If you let  kids make a total mess in the kitchen and then leave, you’re not really teaching them anything.

– Emeril Lagasse

Baking soda, or bicarbonate of soda, is an edible product that’s used to make tasty treats like cakes and biscuits. As well as being a useful cooking ingredient, baking soda is a safer cleaning alternative that you can use all over your home. Read on for a room-by-room guide to cleaning your home with baking soda.

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Bathroom

1. Toilet: if your toilet bowl has become stained, sprinkle some baking soda on the stains and leave to sit for 30 minutes. Then, rinse off the baking soda with a small amount of vinegar.

2. Shower: make a paste out of baking soda and water and scrub. Soap scum will come off with ease.

3. Chrome drains and taps: mix baking soda and water until they form a paste, then clean chrome fixtures using a toothbrush dipped in the paste.

4. Grout: make a paste out of vinegar and baking soda. Use a toothbrush to scrub the grout, and watch it sparkle.

5. Tiled floor: mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with a bucketful of warm water. Mop the floor and leave to dry.

6. Towels: put 1/2 cup baking soda in with a rinse cycle to de-odourise and clean towels thoroughly.

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Kitchen

1. Counter tops: put baking soda on a damp sponge and wipe down counters.

2. Microwave: put baking soda on a damp sponge, wipe around the microwave, then rinse thoroughly with water.

3. Oven: cover the bottom of the oven with a thin layer of baking soda. Put a small amount of water over the soda to dampen it, then leave the mixture overnight. Rinse well in the morning.

4. Sponges: soak sponges in a mixture of 4 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 quart of water.

5. Fridge: leave an open box of baking soda in the back of your fridge to absorb any nasty odours.

6. Waste bins: sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of a bin bag before you put it in the bin. It will absorb smells.

7. Washing machine: make a paste from baking soda and water, and use a sponge to wipe down the inside of the washing machine. Rinse thoroughly, and all lingering smells will have disappeared!

8. Dishwasher: put 1 cup of baking soda in the dishwasher and run a full rinse cycle. Other than the baking soda,

9. Tupperware: if your tupperware is getting a bit smelly, simply scrub with baking soda and the nastiness will disappear! Rinse thoroughly afterwards, though.

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Want to find out more?

Check out the sources we used to compile this list:

10 Uses for Baking Soda: Guidelines for Cleaning Your Bathroom

40 ways to clean with baking soda

How to clean with Baking Soda

Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty: How to Clean Grout

How do I clean chrome?

51 Fantastic Uses for Baking Soda

Uses for Baking Soda: Cleaning Your Kitchen

Baking Soda Tip 7 Uses for Baking Soda in the Washing Machine