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Many people have turned to natural cleaning products to avoid their chemical exposure. Many more have tried vinegar, baking soda, salt, and other time-tested cleaning products because they're cheap and effective. You can find recipes for your own laundry detergent, soap scum remover, floor cleaner and more, all over the internet. Today we are going to concentrate on the weird side of cleaners. Things you may never have thought of to clean everything from rusty metal to bird poop off of your balcony.


Cleaning with Ketchup? What Other Strange Cleaning Products are Around Your Home?


Toothpaste can be smeared inside of your ski goggles to clean them and prevent fogging. Just spread a thin layer inside and let it dry. Then, take a dry cloth and rub them clean, buffing away any trace of toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste can also be used to remove wine, make-up, and even hair dye stains from porous countertop surfaces. Just apply to a toothbrush, wet, scrub, and rinse, just like you would brush your teeth.


Beer is great for cleaning carpet. The cheaper the beer the better. Have you ever spilled beer on a dirty carpet , only to notice the one blaringly clean spot left behind? Well, many college students have noticed, and beer is being used to clean old set in stains all over. We read on "Cleaner Confessions" that you can even use beer to loosen bird droppings left on your balcony or porch cushions. Beer can be used as a hair softener as well. Pour it on after shampooing, wait a minute, then rinse.


Ketchup is reportedly one of the best things for removing rust from steel. Simply rub it on, wait a few minutes, and rinse it away, along with the rust.


Fizzy cola with its high acid content is great for cleaning drains. Simply pour it down and leave it overnight. Flush with water in the morning and most drain clogs will be dislodged. Cola is great for cleaning sink drains to avoid nasty smells in the kitchen, too.


Vodka is known for numbing tooth pain, poison ivy rashes, jelly fish stings, earaches, cold sores, blisters, and even kills bees and wasps. But did you know that you can also use it to clean up vomit, your glasses, the caulk in your bathtub, and mildew stains on clothing? One of the most impressive uses of vodka (besides drinking it) is to spray it on your suits and coats after you wear them so that you don't have to wash or dry clean them right away. Vodka breaks up your body oils that have been transferred to the clothing, killing germs and preventing the growth of mildew. This repels pests and keeps clothing from getting musty or discolored while hanging for long periods of time. It also keeps your body oils from breaking down elasticity in clothing as it sits in storage. It's a great way to clean wool products that shouldn't be washed or dry cleaned very often.

About the Author:Jo Granville is on the staff of Only Hangers, a leading online resource for wood coat hangers and all types of clothes hangers. Only Hangers is recognized for the excellent quality and value of its hangers.