You don't have to go to the cleaning aisle of your supermarket to find what you need to clean your home. Just check your pantry and your fridge. I'm telling you, these foods are more effective and will do a better cleaning job than most commercial products. They are all great at removing stains, grime and other "troubles" around the house. 

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Check out the slideshow below to find what foods are good for cleaning. You should always have them on hand and include them in your housework routine. Next time you have a stubborn stain you'll know exactly what you to do.

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Tea bags 1

Tea bags

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Used tea bags are ideal for cleaning wood surfaces to retain their natural color and shine. Simply dip the used tea bag in water and clean your table and chair, you'll see how pretty it'll look. If you run out of wood cleaner, you'll know what to do with tea.
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Baking soda 2

Baking soda

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Baking soda is perfect for solving various problems around the home especially to clean carpets. Baking soda removes dirt, impurities and odors from your carpets. Vacuum the carpet first, sprinkle some baking soda on it, leave it for few minutes and vacuum again.

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Toothpaste 3

Toothpaste

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This trick is old but effective. Toothpaste is perfect for polishing silver jewelry and to restore its natural shine. Simply apply a little toothpaste on an old toothbrush and brush your jewelry. It'll look just like new. It´s not really a food but you do put it in your mouth, right?

 

Olive oil 4

Olive oil

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Olive oil is great for brightening leather. If your child sat with his dirty clothes full of sap after playing all day in the yard, a little olive oil is all you need to clean your chair. It’s also great to bring back shine and life to your leather furniture.

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Flour 5

Flour

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Flour is ideal to remove grease stains from clothing. Just add a little flour directly on the stain and wait a day. When the flour is completely dry, wash the garment and the grease spot will be gone.

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White vinegar 6

White vinegar

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White vinegar is wonderful to clean and disinfect everything in your home particularly the bathroom and toilet. White vinegar has natural antibacterial properties and is perfect for eliminating bacteria naturally.

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Walnuts 7

Walnuts

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Walnuts are perfect to erase scratches and water stains from your favorite wood furniture. No need to buy expensive products when you can rub walnuts on the surface. Next time your child makes a scratch on your table, don’t panic! Peal some walnuts and voila!

White rice 8

White rice

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White rice really works to clean your coffee and spice grinder. Just put some uncooked rice in the grinder and turn it on. When you are done with the cycle, you’ll notice that there won’t be any coffee residue on the machine.

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Lemon 9

Lemon

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Lemon juice is wonderful to clean and disinfect the kitchen sink. Lemon juice helps kill bacteria naturally and leaves a delicious and refreshing aroma. The lemon itself is a perfect sponge. Use it to rub and clean your kitchen counter.

Onion 10

Onion

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A raw onion is perfect for removing grease from the grill. Just put half of an onion on a fork and rub it on the grill. It works best when the grill is hot so make sure to do it carefully to prevent burns.  

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Banana peel 11

Banana peel

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Banana peel is good to polish silverware. Just rub the peel on the utensils and you’ll see how shiny they’ll look. I really recommend this trick because it really works.

Salt 12

Salt

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Salt works really well to remove red wine stains from your carpet, clothes and furniture but you have to act quickly. Just put enough salt on the stain and let the sodium absorb it. The next day clean the surface and you won’t have any stains.

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Cucumber 13

Cucumber

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Cucumber peel is perfect for removing paint and pencil stains from the wall and countertops. So the next time your child draws a masterpiece on your wall, simply peel a cucumber and rub it on the area to remove the stains.

Sliced bread 14

Sliced bread

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It’s ideal for picking up broken glass from the floor. Next time you break a glass, grab a slice of bread and dip it in water. Rub the floor and you’ll see the tiny pieces of glass on the bread. Let the area dry and vacuum normally.

 

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Ketchup 15

Ketchup

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Ketchup is very good for cleaning many things, especially copper. If you have pots of oxidized copper it’s not necessary to buy special a cleaner. Just rub a little ketchup and see how bright and coppery your pots will look.