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5 Odd Cleaning Tricks that Work on Tough Messes

We can preach about using soaps and sprays to clean up stains and surfaces, but what about those really stubborn stains that we can't actually get out? We hate to admit it, but there's surfaces we've given up on cleaning. Whether it's that mildew on the bathroom moulding, or those crayon marks the kids put on the wall; it all seems like a lost cause.

Sometimes the solution doesn't call for intense scrubbing or heavy duty soaps. In fact, some of the solutions are actually household items we already have lying around. Clean up those tough messes, and give these 5 cleaning tricks a go.

Crayon and Grease Stains on the Wall

Wiping crayon marks off a white wall
Crayon marks on white wall.

You have little troublemakers in your household and you know that it's hard to keep their hands off the wall. If there's crayon or grease stains on the wall try toothpaste to help make your walls clean again.

The trick: Non-gel toothpaste

  1. Squeeze some non-gel toothpaste onto a slightly damp microfiber cloth and rub it on the stain.

  2. Clean until the stains are gone and the wall is clean.

  3. Wash the cloth when done.

Toilet Bowl Rust Rings

Pouring coke on toilet bowl to remove stains
Using Coke to remove stains on toilet bowl.

If you run out of classic toilet bowl cleaner solution, try Coke (or any generic Coke alternative) instead. The acids in the soda are used to break down stains.

The Trick: A can of Coke

  1. Pour a full can around the rim to fully coat the bowl.

  2. Let the liquid sit for at least an hour.

  3. Scrub with a toilet brush and flush when done.

Streaks on Stainless Steel Surfaces

Cleaning fridge with cloth
Streak-free refrigerator

Keeping your stainless steel appliances and surfaces streak-free is a hard task. Most likely, you're touching these surfaces and fingerprints are inevitable. While some use WD-4O to wipe stainless steel clean, try opting for a multipurpose item you might actually have in your house.

The trick: Baby oil

  1. Wipe the stainless steel surface with a damp microfiber cloth first.

  2. Add a dab of baby oil to a damp cloth and wipe down the appliance.

  3. When done, buff down the surface with a dry cloth.

Mildew on Bathroom Moulding

Girl cleaning mould and mildew off of shower wall
Removing mould from shower wall.

Mould and mildew tend to build up in damp areas, such as the bathroom. To prevent further build up, it is important to wipe down the surfaces regularly.

The Trick: A bottle of vodka (doesn't have to be the fancy stuff)

  1. Add some vodka to a spray bottle.

  2. Spay the problem area and let the liquid sit for roughly 15 minutes.

  3. Spray the problem area and scrub the surface with a brush or sponge.

Dirty Chrome Faucets

Wiping faucet down with wax paper
Clean faucet.

Whether its the chrome faucets bathroom or the faucets in the kitchen where you do the dishes, it's a surface that's always being touched. You can keep these fixtures looking cleaner for longer, using wax. Wax leaves a residue on the surface that helps resist soap and water spots.

The trick: Wax paper

  1. Cut a sheet of wax paper

  2. Rub the wax paper all over the chrome surface


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