Clever Cleaning: Common Household Items Can Double As Cleaning Tools

NEW YORK (WLNY) —They are some of the best cleaning tools around, and chances are you already have them in your house.

Common household items — vinegar, toothpaste and even crayons — can double as clever cleaning agents.

Elaine Griffin, contributing design editor for Better Homes and Gardens joined The Couch to share her tips.

Olive oil + lemon juice: Cleans and polishes wood (1/2 t. olive oil + ½ c. juice). You can also use vinegar instead of lemon juice.

Eraser: Rubs off scuff marks on a tile or linoleum floor AND cleans crayon off a laminate countertop.

Vodka: Spritz on countertops to kill germs; evaporates quickly so no streaks

Dryer sheets: Wet and remove mineral deposits and soap scum on a glass shower door. Tip: Keep shower door open after showering to allow air to circulate and better dry the walls to inhibit soap scum and mineral deposits.

Denture-cleaning tablets: Drop in a couple tablets once a week to keep toilet bowl clean

Nail polish remover: Removes crayon from a hardwood floor

Whitening toothpaste: Cleans grout lines

Microwave: Disinfect sponges and cleaning rags by nuking them for one minute

Vinegar: Clears hard-water buildup in a tub/shower, shower head, water-level ring in toilet bowl

Crayons: Minimizes a scratch on a wood floor. Color in with similar crayon color and buff with a soft cloth.

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