You Won’t Believe How Well These Weird Cleaning Tricks Actually Work on Your Toughest Messes

With an infinite number of cleaning tips out there, it’s easy to miss the ones that aren’t so obvious. But sometimes, it’s an item we have lying around the house that actually works best.

Interested in hearing more? Great, because here are seven totally weird cleaning tricks to try on your toughest messes.

1. Clean stainless steel with baby oil

An easy and affordable way to keep fingerprints at bay. | iStock/Getty Images

Plenty of folks use WD-40 to get their stainless steel streak-free, but according to Queen of Clean Linda Cobb, that’s not the best solution. She suggests swapping out the flammable stuff for something a bit simpler — baby oil.

“The surface must be clean first and the oil used sparingly,” Cobb tells “I like to use a damp microfiber cloth to wash the appliances, put on a little baby oil, and then buff with a dry cloth.”

With this trick, it’s goodbye fingerprints.

Next: Bet you never thought of this one before. 

2. Pick up broken glass with bread

broken glass on floor
Save yourself the trouble of picking up those tiny pieces. | SUKON/iStock/Getty Images

Cleaning up spilled milk may be easy, but when it comes to shattered glass? Well, that requires a little more finesse. After all, you don’t want to leave any ounce of broken glass on the floor.

After you’ve picked up the larger pieces, turn to the bread drawer to help with the remaining slivers. Cobb recommends placing a slice of bread over the too-small-to-grab shards, and gently pressing down. The glass will stick to the bread, and voila. All you need to do is throw the whole mess in the trash.

Next: Ditch the toxic cleaning products.

3. Clean the toilet with Tang

Toilet brush cleaning
It cleans just as well as cola.. | ratmaner/iStock/Getty Images

Forget about using cola to clean the toilet bowl; Tang is the way to go. For starters, Tang is cheaper than cola, and doesn’t have as much sugar, which Cobb says can help bacteria grow.

All you need is a canister of Tang, or any generic alternative. Pour one or two teaspoons in the toilet, and let it sit for a few minutes before using the toilet bowl brush to wash it out.

Next: This starch has never been so handy. 

4. Remove a broken light bulb with a potato

Broken lightbulb potato
No more struggling with pliers. | askmediy via Youtube

A broken bulb that’s still in the socket has to be one of the most irritating things ever. But don’t worry, there’s a solution.

First, unplug the light. Then, slice the end of a potato, trimming it as needed to fit onto the broken light bulb. Press the potato into the bulb, and simply turn to unscrew. And there you go, problem be gone (just be sure to use caution with this one).

Next: When you’re not drinking it, it can remove mold.

5. Remove mildew with vodka

Cleaning shower or bathroom grout with a scrub brush
Cheap vodka will clear that right up. | Eike Leppert/iStock/Getty Images

When your caulking goes too long without a good cleaning, mold and mildew are bound to creep up. And it’s disgusting. But it’s nothing a cap of cheap vodka — in a spray bottle — can’t handle.

“Spray it on the problem area, let it sit for 15 minutes, re-wet with the vodka spray and rub with a brush,” Cobb says. It’ll be magic before your very eyes.

Next: Use this kitchen staple in the bathroom. 

6. Clean chrome bathroom fixtures with wax paper

closeup faucet and lavatory white marble restroom interior concept
Keep that chrome shiny. | whyframestudio/iStock/Getty Images

This is one of the easiest tricks on the list; Cobb even demonstrates just how simple it is in a video clip. If you have chrome fixtures or features in your bathroom, all you need is a piece of wax paper to get them looking good as new.

Put the wax paper over your finger, and rub the chrome with force. You should start to notice a shine in no time at all. As Cobb says, “It’s great on faucets in the bathroom.”

Furthermore, the wax paper leaves some residue on the surface, helping to resist soap scum and water spots in the future. So, that’s a bonus.

Next: This product is good for more than just fresh breath. 

7. Remove grease and crayon stains from walls with non-gel toothpaste

Cleaning wall with toothpaste
With kids, it’s tough to keep walls clean. | Charles Benz via Youtube

Your walls will get dirty, it’s just a fact of life. But keeping them sparkling clean doesn’t have to be as tough as you may think. In fact, you can try a product you use every day.

Cobb suggests squeezing a dash of non-gel toothpaste onto a microfiber cloth, and rubbing it on the stain. Then, simply rinse it off, and give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.

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