Surprising Simple Household Uses for Everyday Products

Why spend tons of money on household items, when everything you need is already in your home? Here are a few tips.


– To remove caked on food from a pan or stains from a teapot, open a can of cola, pour in, and bring to a boil. The sugars and carbonation work wonders for lifting stains.

– Remove stubborn stains from a porcelain toilet by pouring in a can of cola. Allow to sit for twenty minutes, scrub and then flush.

Olive Oil

– Use a dab of olive oil on a paper towel to freshen up household plant leaves. Just gently wipe on, and you’re done! Remember, a little oil goes a long way.

Baby Powder

– To keep grease stains from settling into clothing, sprinkle with baby powder. Allow it to dry for a few minutes, and then gently brush off.

Club Soda

– Soak gemstone jewelry in a small dish of club soda overnight to easily remove dirt and grime.

– Scrub stainless steel pots, pans, and faucets with a mixture of club soda and baking soda for a beautiful shine.


– Rubbing quartered lemons on a cutting board or countertop and rinsing with water will remove garlic, onion, or fish smells. It will also remove stains from cutting berries.

– Place a few drops of lemon juice in your vacuum cleaner bag each time you change it. The scent will radiate each time you vacuum there after.


– Place a few grains of dry rice into your salt shakers. This will prevent clumping and dryness.

– Fill a sandwich bag full of dry rice and store in your freezer. For bruises that require a cold pack, the cold rice works just as well as ice, but conforms to knees and elbows a lot better.


– Add ½ cup salt to a laundry load of blue jeans. Not only will they come out softer, but they will last much longer.

– Put a pinch of salt with the grounds in your coffee filter before making a pot. The salt will take the bitterness edge off, as well as enhance the flavor of the coffee.

– Remove discoloration from glassware by soaking it in a solution of one part salt to eight parts white vinegar.

– Pour a half a teaspoon of salt in the bottom of a vase of cut flowers. The salt will prevent the flowers from wilting and cause them to last much longer.

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