Did you know we have a number of things lying around that weren’t meant to clean the house, that are actually really helpful? Here are some items we’ve discovered, which you may not have expected to be so good at getting down and dirty. How many do you have?


  1. Make-up brush – To dust delicate spots like picture frames.


  1. Toothbrush – Like in your mouth, a toothbrush is a perfect way to clean into nooks and crannies.


  1. Toothpaste – Polish headlights, iron stains, silver, white boards, remove odors, and more.


  1. Spatula – The painter’s spatula especially can scrape stubborn sticky residue.


  1. Q Tips – The humble cotton swab. These tiny puffs are great for a detailed clean of narrow crevices.


  1. Felt-tip pen – The thin sharp edges can be used to gently reach dust between the keys on laptops.


  1. Can of coke – Pour over the toilet bowl, let it sit for five minutes, and rinse. Try it, and watch the results.


  1. Lemon – Removes food stains and cleanse wooden boards, including beetroot dyes that don’t budge with water.


  1. Onion – You read right. An onion can be used to clean the black stains on a grill.


  1. Vinegar – Is multi-purpose when it comes to cleaning. One surprising recent discovery is that it can be used to soak your shower-head and remove deposits from over time that may be clogging it up. And not to worry if you don’t like the odour as it doesn’t linger.


  1. Baking soda – This cleaning alternative has been growing in popularity. But did you know it can be used to clean brushes, combs, and mouth-guards? Soak these in a tub of warm water and add a teaspoon of baking soda to cleanse.


  1. Silicon gel – Comes in handy when you want to rescue tools and other stuff from rusty water damage. Pour the silicon balls into the box or container you keep these in and they’ll soak up the moisture.


  1. Peanut butter – In a sticky situation? PB can be used with olive oil to get gum out your hair saving you the trauma of having to cut off a piece. It can also be used with ice to gently scrub gum off your nice leather lounge.


  1. Hairspray – Of all things can remove marker stains from walls with a few sprays


  1. Salt – Don’t get salty about weeds in the pavement, having to renew the sponges yet again, or smelly shoes. Salt can be your remedy for all of these.