Clever Cleaning: 5 Useful Everyday Household Items to Use in a Pinch

Clever Cleaning: 5 Useful Everyday Household Items to Use in a Pinch

Adrienne Breaux
Feb 20, 2015

It may very well be that the secret to keeping your house perpetually clean is simply giving yourself constant access to the tools that will help you keep your home clean. But that doesn't always have to mean a bottle of bleach or some other cleaning chemical. There are five items — common, but not-always-considered-for-cleaning — that you can turn to in a pinch (or even on the regular!) when you've got cleaning tasks to tackle.

1. Socks

As shown with the post below, the sad little orphan socks you have lying around can actually be quite handy when it comes to cleaning time!

(Image credit: Ashley Poskin)

2. Vinegar

Vinegar has a surprisingly large amount of uses when it comes to cleaning, and it can help keep your home a little more healthy, too!

(Image credit: Ashley Poskin)

3. Toothpaste

Made to clean your teeth, that's not the only thing around the house toothpaste can help you keep shiny.

4. Salt

Not just for flavoring dishes, salt and its nice gritty texture can help clean up around the house.

(Image credit: The Daily Green)

5. Olive oil

The base for many a delicious salad dressing, olive oil can also help out around the house when it comes to cleaning and polishing.

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