Other low-temp cleaning solutions
There are also a couple other proven freeze-cleaning methods, which we thankfully didn’t need to put to the test.
11. Removing gum: Remove gum stuck to clothes or hair by putting ice on the spot or freezing the clothing, then use a butter knife to pop off the frozen gum.
12. Killing bedbugs: Freezing is also one of the only proven ways (the other is heat) to kill bedbugs. Freeze infested sheets, backpacks or other items to 23 degrees Fahrenheit or less for at least five days, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota.
Plenty of surfaces and materials can be cleaned with ice or boiling water and some common household ingredients. However, other alleged homemade cleaners just don’t cut it. Still, even the ones that didn’t work for us may be worth a try before spending good money and bringing new toxic chemicals into the home.