Food for shining around the house

There is not question that Houston is the place to get great food. But, In a peculiar twist from the usual deal of cleaning food up; this will be a discussion of how you can use food to clean around your home, instead. It may sound a bit odd, but it can prove to be a much better alternative than using regular household cleaners. There are things in your fridge and cabinets that can do just as good of a job of cleaning around your home without all the harmful fumes and chemicals. Some, if not all, of these house cleaning tips, might sound ridiculous so we won’t bother to pretend otherwise. If you stick with us, though, you’ll definitely learn some green and interesting ways to maintain the cleanliness of your home.


This one you may have already heard of, but honestly, it sounds so ridiculous that it had to be added on this list. It sounds like something some bored guy made up to add to the Internet’s already sizable urban legend collection, but it actually does work. All you have to do is pour enough soda into the bowl to where it flows over the stains. For any staining that’s higher up in the bowl, you can soak a rag with soda and scrub at them. After you’ve done this, you can let the soda sit. As with many types of cleaners, natural or no, you have to be a bit patient and wait. Your best bet is to let it soak into the stains overnight. Once morning comes, the acid in the soda should have loosened up the grime so that you can simply flush away the unstuck residue. After doing this, there should be a noticeable reduction in the staining around the toilet bowl. If there is still any grime left, then you can repeat as needed.

Table Salt

Truthfully, you can use just about any kind of salt to clean with. Epsom salt, for example, can be used for cleaning pots and pans. This article, however, is about edible cleaning products though so we’ll stick with sodium chloride or table salt. Here are just three of the many uses that salt can have around your home.

You Can Remove Sweat Stains

If you’ve worked up a sweat and need to get out some perspiration stains, add four tablespoons of salt to a quart of hot water and sponge the fabric until the stains are gone.

You Can Get Rid Of Mildew and Rust

Getting rid of mildew and rust is as easy as wetting the affected areas and afterward adding a lemon juice and salt mixture. Next, you place the item in the sun so that it can bleach then rinse away the salt and let it dry.

You Can DE-grease Your Sink

To do this, you’ll have to pour a mixture of salt and hot water down the kitchen sink. If you use this cleaning solution regularly, you can keep your sink deodorized and grease free.


This trick is for those containers that have hard to reach spots that need cleaning but definitely isn’t getting done by hand. To compensate for this, you can use the abrasive nature of raw rice to clean away crud inside of any small necked bottles or ones that have hard to reach areas. To begin, fill the bottle with a small bit of water, some rice, and a bit of dish soap. You can then put on the lid or cover the opening with your hand and shake it. The rice should start to scrape away whatever residue is stuck onto the sides on in the corners of the container.


Not sure how many of you out there consider booze a food item, but you can consume it, so we’re counting it anyway. And hey, even if you don’t count it as food after our declaration of it as such; it’s so useful that you might not even care after reading about them.

You Can Get Rid of The Dreaded Mildew Smell

Mildew might not be the worst smelling thing in the world, but it’s bad enough that you’d want to get rid of it. To banish the stink, add ½ of vodka to your mildew-smelling batch of laundry and it pretty much takes care of itself once you set everything to wash.

You Can Make A Deodorizing Agent

Here we have yet another way to freshen up your things. This one is probably even easier to do than the first one. All you’re really doing is pouring a bit of vodka in a spray bottle and spray whatever smells around the house. It’s just like Febreze! Except, you know, it’s vodka.

It Makes For A Good Glass Cleaner

To do this, you can just take that same bottle from your boozy deodorant and spray down your mirror. After you wipe away the vodka, you’ll have a streak-free and shiny surface reflected back at you.

It Makes A Good Jewelry Cleaner

Take a bowl and pour a shallow about of vodka inside of it. After that, you can place your jewelry (nothing with gem or stones, mind you) inside of the alcoholic bath and let it sit for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Finally, you can wipe it clean with a dry cloth.