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Homeownership Common Household Product Uses

5 Uses for Common Household Products You Probably Never Knew About

August 30, 2023 at 8:35 PM PST
Homeownership Common Household Product Uses

5 Uses for Common Household Products You Probably Never Knew About

August 30, 2023 at 8:35 PM PST

Like many Americans, you probably have a lot of household products scattered throughout your home. According to a survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average U.S. household has an annual spending of approximately $66,928. From laundry detergents to paper towels, many of these household products help us keep our home clean and orderly. But even though they each serve their own unique purpose, they can also be used in other ways than originally intended.

Whether you need help polishing jewelry or removing stubborn stains from fabric, common household products can certainly help. From coffee grounds to rubbing alcohol, many of your favorite household products can serve multiple purposes. The best part? You probably have most, if not all, of the products in your home already. To learn which household products can serve as multi-purpose tools, here are five uses for common household products you never knew about:

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Lemon Juice

Lemon juice can act as a natural stain remover by breaking down the molecular bonds of tough stains. To brighten your white fabrics, mix a bit of baking soda and lemon juice together until it forms a paste. Then, spread the mixture over the stain, massaging the area gently. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes so that it can work its magic before rinsing with warm water.


Vinegar is a superhero when it comes to its versatility. Not only can it act as a base for marinades and vinaigrettes, but it can also be a heavy-duty cleaning agent.

If you enjoy having a cup of coffee in the mornings but hate the cleanup, consider using vinegar. You can use vinegar to descale your coffee maker for cleaner, more flavorful coffee.

Simply fill the reservoir with equal parts water and white distilled vinegar. Then start a brew or cleaning cycle on your coffee maker before emptying the carafe. Continue running a couple more cycles using cool water for a thorough clean.

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Did you know that you can remove stubborn scuff marks from your walls and other surfaces with a single tube of toothpaste? Tooth is considered a mild abrasive, which makes it perfect for gently scrubbing away scratches and scuff marks.

To try it for yourself, spread a dab of toothpaste on a dry towel. Then, using circular motions, buff away the scuff marks until the area is clean.

Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil can do much more than cover up cooked meals. Instead, when crumbled up, its abrasive texture can work wonders for removing rust from chrome surfaces. All you have to do is tear off a sizeable section of aluminum foil, then crumble it up until it forms a ball. Next, dip your ball of aluminum foil in water before you start scrubbing for best results. Then, use a circular motion to gently remove rust from pots, pans, and other surfaces.

When the rust is fully removed, use a damp towel to clean up any residual rust and debris before buffing the area with a dry towel.

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Coffee Grounds

Coffee is more than just a quick pick-me-up in the morning, it can also be an odor eliminator for your fridge. Coffee grounds are a natural deodorizer, so instead of tossing out your used grounds, try repurposing them.

To do this, leave your coffee grounds out for several days so that they fully dry out. Then, pour your dried grounds into a container before placing it in the back of your refrigerator. The grounds should help clear out any offensive smells for a fresher, cleaner fridge.


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