15 Everyday Foods With Purposes That Go Far Beyond Eating
There are certain foods out there that have so many purposes beyond eating that they almost feel magical. We will show you how to use raw potatoes to add some shine to your old leather shoes, Coca-Cola to remove blood stains, and so much more.
Today, Bright Side will show you a bunch of different life hacks including foods that will help you complete many tasks around the household.
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Baking soda is a versatile powder that can be used for so many different things around the house. To get rid of stubborn grimy surfaces, put some baking soda and vinegar on the affected area and leave it there for around 5 minutes. Wipe it clean with a cloth and it will be as bright as ever!
This might sound strange, but we promise it works! To bring back some shine and help hide small scratches on your leather items, like your shoes, take half a potato and rub it on the affected area. Then apply some shoe polish, and voila!
Due to their refreshing smell, lemons are great at making everyday appliances such as microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers smell great. Simply dab a little lemon on a cotton ball and put it inside the appliance, like a refrigerator for a few hours, and you’re good to go!
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To bring back that flashy shine to your silver, put a little ketchup on a towel and rub it on the affected area. When you’re done, rinse it with warm water. If you’re dealing with heavily-tarnished silver, leave the ketchup on it for 15 minutes.
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To remove nasty odors emanating from your fridge, put a little salt on an orange rind placed in a bowl, and stash it deep inside the refrigerator.
To repair cracked china, put it in a pan with approximately 2 cups of milk. Once it starts boiling, put the heat on low and simmer for around an hour. Then let the milk cool before removing your china and rinsing it. You will be shocked at how many little cracks will disappear!
Blood stains can be extremely difficult to remove off clothes. However, it’s not impossible. To do so, empty a whole can of Coca-Cola into the washing machine along with the affected piece of clothing, use your normal detergent, and allow the machine to run for a full cycle.
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There is perhaps nothing more annoying than having chewing gum stuck to your hair! If you’re faced with that annoying predicament, instead of heading for the scissors, put some peanut butter on the gum and leave it there for a couple of minutes. Carefully try to remove the gum out of your hair, and finally, rinse and wash it.
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To remove water rings on wood, put a bit of mayonnaise on a towel and scrub the affected area. It only takes a few seconds to make the stain disappear. That is only one of the great things you can do with mayo!
When you drop glass, it usually shatters into a million little pieces that go all over the place. It can be difficult to pick up each piece individually, so to make this process easier, put on a pair of gloves, vacuum the area first, and then finish off with a slice of bread to pick up the stubborn glass residue.
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To add some shine to wood that has seen better days, beer is the solution. Put some brewski on a clean microfiber rag and wipe it on the furniture. When you’re done, let it dry. And finally, to finish off the polishing, wipe it off with a dry cloth.
To remove lingering odors from carpets, put some dry tea leaves onto the carpet and leave them there for around half an hour. Make sure not to use wet tea leaves as these may stain your carpet.
If you have a home garden and struggle to keep ants and insects off your precious flowers and plants, use leftover coffee grounds to keep them far away. First, put the coffee grounds in a bowl and place it in your garden. Then, burn the coffee grounds, just like incense. The strong smell of coffee, as well as the smoke, will keep insects such as mosquitoes, bees, and wasps at bay.
Flower bouquets make any room more joyful and pleasant, but they often quickly die. To avoid this and to extend your bouquet’s life, add 1 quart of warm water to your vase followed by 2 tablespoons of sugar.
Salt is a cheap and environment-friendly tool that can be used to brighten your clothes. If you want to add some shine to a particular piece of clothing, soak it overnight in salt water and in the morning, place it in the washing machine along with a quarter to a half cup of salt.
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