5 Weird Ways to Clean That Work (PHOTOS)

MayonnaiseHere's a weird confession: I really love to clean my house. I don't always have time to do so, but when I do, I find it incredibly satisfying to see dirt and dust and obliterate them. I feel triumph when I remove smudges on walls, and when I make my sinks sparkle, I'm giddy. There's a certain Zen to it that grounds me and gives me a sense of accomplishment.

Over the years, I've accumulated some tips that may not be traditional, but they work. And they're much more fun than just a bunch of chemicals in spray bottles. Here are five of my favorite weird ways to clean some common household messes.

What weird cleaning techniques do you use?


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  • Use lemons to remove water stains.


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    You know those annoying ones in your shower? Just cut a lemon in half, rub, and watch them disappear.

  • Clean your toilet with Gatorade.


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    It's non-toxic, and it works. Just pour about two cups in, let it sit for about an hour, then brush and flush.

  • Clean grout with toothpaste and a toothbrush.


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    Not your own toothbrush, of course, but they're perfect for getting into small spaces. A whitening formula toothpaste works extra well.

  • Use bread to remove marks from painted walls.


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    You need white not wheat, but just rub it onto marks and watch them disappear.

  • Use mayonnaise to remove water marks on wood.


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    You know those annoying white marks? Mayo to the rescue. Just rub a couple of tablespoons of it on the mark, let it sit for about 15 minute, then wipe clean. Repeat until gone.

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