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20 Unlikely Cleaning Tools

16. Nail polish: Apply a thin coat of clear nail polish to prevent rust on the bottom of metal or tin objects that might rust, such as shave cream in the shower or a decorative soap dish holder.

17. Plastic mesh produce bags: Mesh produce bags such as those filled with potatoes or onions, make great soft scrubbers for pots or dishes that require gentle care.

18. Pen caps: The next time your Bic pen dries out, hold onto the cap. The pointy end of the plastic cap can be used to clean hard to reach surfaces such as the space around a drop in sink that is likely to collect hard packed goop. The plastic of the cap is gentle enough not to scratch the surface, but the point is often sharp enough to be able to dislodge dirt. This is a much better option than the point of a good knife.

19: Foam rubber: Foam rubber, such as the kind that comes inside a throw pillow, can be used to clean dirt smudges off of many fabrics including silk. So, before you toss out an old pillow, cut out the foam insert and rip into small, manageable bits for spot dry cleaning jobs.

20. Chalk: Chalk, when stored with silver, will inhibit tarnish by absorbing moisture. Wrap it loosely in a cheese cloth bag to keep it from marking surfaces.

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7:54AM PDT on Jul 8, 2014

some interesting ideas

11:29AM PST on Dec 25, 2013

Great tips,thanks for sharing

1:01PM PDT on May 16, 2013

thanks

1:38PM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

Great ideas. Thanks.

1:38PM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

Great ideas. Thanks.

7:20AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

All great ideas. Vodka is also great for disinfecting cuts and way better than poisonous and tissue-destroying rubbing alcohol.

11:48AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

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7:39AM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

10:42AM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

Pretty cool post. It’s really very nice and useful post. Thanks for sharing this with us!it’s my first visit.

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1:16PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

Some good tips here.
Thanks

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