No time to get to the store? No worries-a no-cost solution might be sitting in your cabinet. Try these unusual problem solvers for cleaning challenges.
PROBLEM: Scuff marks
THE FIX: Buff with a banana.
Rub the inside of the peel over silverware, leather shoes and leather furniture. Wipe with a soft cloth. Be sure to test on a small, inconspicuous section first.
PROBLEM: Messy fingerprints
THE FIX: Raid the bread box.
Remove marks from painted walls or non-washable wallpaper by rubbing the area with a slice of white bread.
PROBLEM: Dingy stainless steel
THE FIX: Give it a gleam.
A staple in most garages, WD-40 also works wonders on stainless steel. Just spray and rub with a cloth for a spotless shine.
PROBLEM: Dirty mirrors
THE FIX: Foam away grime.
Clean a bathroom mirror with shaving cream (the old-fashioned white kind, not a gel variety), then wipe with a soft cloth. This tip also helps keep the mirror fog-free after showers. Get four more uses for shaving cream here!
PROBLEM: Ring around the collar
THE FIX: Chalk it up.
Draw over a collar stain with a piece of white chalk. Let it soak up the grease for a few minutes, then dust off excess chalk and launder as usual.
PROBLEM: Dull copper
THE FIX: Pass the condiments.
Shine small copper items by dipping a cotton swab in ketchup and applying to the object. Wipe it off, then polish with a cotton cloth.
PROBLEM: Grimy stove
THE FIX: Detail your cook space.
Rub a thin veneer of car wax on your stove top, then wipe it off. The wax allows future cooking spills to lift off more easily.
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