( — You probably already know about the cleaning wonders of lemon, vinegar and baking soda, but can other kitchen cabinet staples really work as dirt-eliminating magicians, too?

We’re not saying you need to toss all the cleaning products you already own, but the below uncommon cleaning products can definitely help you keep your home fresh and sparkling – without stretching an already thin household budget.

White Bread

Use It To: Dust an oil painting. Gently dab a slice of white bread over the surface to pick up dirt and grime.


Use It To: Remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware. Squeeze ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They should go back to their coppery color in minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with a towel.


Use It To: Scrub very dirty hands. Make a thick paste of oatmeal and water; rinse well.


Use It To: Clean the inside of a vase or a thin-necked bottle. Fill three quarters of the vessel with warm water and add a tablespoon of uncooked rice. Cup your hand over the opening, shake vigor-ously, and rinse.


Use It To: Scour rusty garden tools. Brew a few pots of strong black tea. When cool, pour into a bucket. Soak the tools for a few hours. Wipe each one with a cloth. (Wear rubber gloves or your hands will be stained.)


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