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Stop Throwing Your Food Scraps Out – Here Are 10 Nifty Ways To Use Them Around Your Home
Instead of using chemicals to clean your home, try some food!
D.G. Sciortino
03.13.18

Instead of spending money on a bunch of chemical-filled cleaning products, you can actually get a lot of cleaning and household work done by using food scraps.

Yup, you can actually clean with food. It sounds weird but it will actually save you money while keeping noxious chemicals out of your home.

Here are 13 ways to get household work done with food scraps:

1) Cucumber Peels Ants Deterrent

You can ward off ants by putting cucumber peels at the entrance of your home or other places where they sneak in.

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2) Pick Up Glass With Bread

One of the best ways to get those little pieces of broken glass up that are hard to see is by pressing a piece of bread over the surface where you broke the glass. The glass will push into the bread so you can easily pick it up without cutting yourself.

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3) Lemon to Clean a Kettle

Boil some thin slices of lemon peel in your kettle. Let it sit for an hour after it’s boiled, then drain and rinse. This will get rid of built-up mineral deposits inside the kettle

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4) Clean The Grill With An Onion

Cut an onion in half and use the cut side to scrub your barbecue grill clean. This will take the grime right off.

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5) Use Salt and Lemon On the Cutting Board

Cut a lemon in half and dip the cut side in salt and use it to scrub your cutting board clean. The lemon will get rid of bacteria and odors while the salt scrubs away any grime.

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6) Mayo To Shine Up Plants

Your houseplants can get pretty dusty and dull looking. You can wipe them down with a cloth that has a thin layer of mayo on it to get rid of dust and restore shine.

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7) Potatoes To Clean The Graters

Graters can be pretty tough to clean, especially if you’re grating cheese which tends to stick. Grate some potato to remove any food residue from your grater. The potato will get rid of any remaining food and is a lot easier to rinse away than cheese.

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8) Citrus In The Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals can get downright gross with stinky smells, mold, and bacteria. The best way to disinfect and deodorize your garbage disposal is to use lemon and vinegar. Cut up pieces of lemon and place the pieces inside of an ice tray. Fill the tray with vinegar and pop the tray in the freezer. Once they are frozen you can put them in your garbage disposal and run it.

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9) Cola To Clean A Toilet

Pour a can of cola and into your toilet bowl and let it sit for a few hours or overnight. The acidity of the soda will eat away at the grime and help you to easily scrub the gunk away.

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10) Use Rice In Your Grinders

If you use a grinder for coffee or spices, you probably know that it’s a pain in the butt to clean. Use a handful of uncooked rice and run your grinder in short spurts. This will dislodge anything that’s stuck inside the grinder and will easily pour out.

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11) Unstick Stickers With Peanut Butter

If you have sticky gunk left over for from a sticker that you tried to remove, you get use peanut butter to get rid of it. Rub some peanut butter over the residue and let it sit for a couple of hours before you wipe it up. The fat in the peanut butter will dissolve the sticker glue.

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12) Buff Shoes With A Banana

Need to shine your shoes? Use the inside of a banana peel, then rub with a soft cloth. The potassium is actually used in shoe polish and the banana is full of it and will shine your shoes up.

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13) Get Rid of Scuffs With Walnut

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Do you have a scuff or chip in your wood furniture or floors? Rub a walnut over the marks. It will fill up your scratch and the color will blend with your wood and make the mark less obvious.

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By D.G. Sciortino
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D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at [email protected]
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