5 Household Uses for Fine Grade Steel Wool

5 Household Uses for Fine Grade Steel Wool

Andie Powers
Apr 25, 2014
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Got a bunch of this stuff laying around? I never realized the full range of household projects that steel wool could be used for—until now! Grab that loose steel wool (use gloves of course) and get ready to get those pesky DIY projects finished!

1. Aging wood. Combine loosened steel wool (about 3 pieces) with one part distilled white vinegar. If you're working with a lot of wood—use a full store-bought half gallon jug. Place vinegar and steel wool in a lidded, clean bucket. Allow the wool to sit in the vinegar for 4-5 days, then add 1 part water (the same amount of water as vinegar). Use a paint brush to paint your new solution onto the wood! The results are a lovely, gray aged look.

2. Brightening up bathroom or kitchen fixtures. Use a fine grade steel wool and a bit of water to buff soap scum and hard water marks off of your metal fixtures! They'll come out bright and shiny like new! (Make sure not to use steel wool on stainless steel, however—it can speed rusting).

3. Removing kids' artwork from the walls. Yep, every once in a while those little artists move from works-on-paper to works-on-wall. You can use fine grade steel wool to gently remove crayon marks from any paint surfaces.

4. Clean up your tennis shoes! Tennis shoes, sneakers—whatever you call them, you can keep them bright and clean with a bit of fine grade steel wool and water. Buff them lightly for a few minutes, then let dry.

5. Sharpen scissors. Simply cut through a few pieces of steel wool with your household scissors, and voila—they're instantly sharpened!

Got any steel wool household tips of your own? Leave them for us in the comments!

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