Clean your house with food

Clean your house with food
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Look to your food cupboard when it comes to housework - you'll be surprised at how many foods are good for cleaning.

Bananas:

Excellent for buffing leather. Wipe the inside of the banana skin on the spot of leather you’d like to clean. When you’ve finished using the banana rub a damp cloth over the leather to remove any banana residue.

Why? The potassium in bananas is absorbed into the leather and slowly works to remove the scratches.

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Coke:

A handy grime-buster for your toilet. Simply pour into the toilet bowl and leave to sit for an hour to allow the acid to take effect. Clean the inside of the bowl with a toilet brush and flush away. For extra cleaning power leave over night. If stains remain try using baking powder or vinegar.

Why? Coke contains carbonic, citric, and phosphoric acids which can also be found in household cleaning products. These acids mix together to break down stains.

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Tomato Ketchup:

Good for cleaning brass, copper and silver elements. Rub onto the area you want to clean, leave to work and wipe later with a moist cloth.

Why? Tarnish mainly occurs by sulphur compounds in the air. When the ketchup is applied to the metal, the natural acid in the tomatoes reacts with the oxidising of the tarnished silver, brass or copper.

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Mayonnaise: 

Ideal for removing marks on wood. Use a cloth with a small amount of mayonnaise and wipe the mark you want to remove. Leave the oils to work and clean to wipe away any residue with a fresh clean cloth.

Why? The oils and proteins in the mayonnaise gently diminish scratches and marks on wood. They also react to tighten cracks in wood. 

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Brazil Nuts:

Also effective on wood surfaces. Cut a nut in half and rub vigorously over any scratches that you would like to remove.

Why? The nutmeat in brazil nuts contains natural oils which when applied to wooden floors help darken and hide scratches.

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Potatoes: 

An easy way to get rid of rust. Cut the potato in half and dip the side without peel into baking soda. When covered firmly rub the potato on the rusted area.

Why? The oxalic acid in the potato mixes with the baking soda to help to dissolve rust.

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Grapefruit: 

Brilliant for banishing limescale. Cut the grapefruit in half and sprinkle one half with salt. Scrub the area that is grimy and rinse with water. The salt will remove the limescale whilst the grapefruit leaves a citrusy smell.

Why? The citric acid in grapefruits acts as the cleaning agent and breaks down and removes limescale.

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Coffee: 

Keep your fridge smelling fresh. Put dry ground coffee into an old margarine tub with holes in the lid. Place in the fridge and leave to eliminate odour.

Why? Smelly substances floating around in the air attach themselves to the surface of coffee beans via a process known as ‘adsorption’ (not ‘absorption’). Invisible to the naked eye the many tiny pores in a coffee bean create a large surface area (per unit mass). This gives  (in chemical terms) plenty of area for the smelly substance to adhere itself to and causing the pong to be cancelled out.