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Ketchup isn’t just for eating anymore! You might be surprised to learn that one of America’s favorite condiments can be used for much more than dipping French fries. Ketchup, which most of us have on hand, can also be used as a natural cleaner!
Ketchup contains vinegar and tomatoes, which are acidic in nature and work extremely well to cut through grease and grime all over your house. This condiment also has a nice, thick consistency, so it will stick to the surface you’re cleaning, making it even more effective. Save some money, and buy generic brands – they’ll work just fine for cleaning.
As with any cleaner, be sure to do a spot test before you tackle an entire project to ensure it won’t harm the surface you’re cleaning.
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Ways to Clean with Ketchup That’ll Make your Home Sparkle
1. MAKE SILVER SHINE
Silver tends to tarnish as it ages. If you notice your silver jewelry, utensils, or kitchenware looking dull and drab, put a dollop of ketchup on a soft cloth, apply it to the tarnished piece, then buff away the tarnish. Rinse well, and dry with a soft cloth. If the tarnish is exceptionally heavy, spread on the ketchup, and let it sit for about 15 minutes before polishing.
2. POLISH STAINLESS STEEL
Polish away water spots and streaks on stainless steel appliances and utensils with a bit of ketchup on a soft cloth. Rinse with a damp cloth, then buff dry with a soft cloth.
3. LOOSEN BURNED-ON FOOD
Cleaning burn-on messes typically takes loads of elbow grease and can harm finishes on your pots and stovetop. Thankfully, the acid content in ketchup will help loosen even the toughest burned-on food from metal, so you can wash and rinse without lots of scrubbing. Simply cover the burned food liberally with ketchup. Cover the pot with a lid, and let it sit overnight. Wash and rinse as usual.
4. BANISH BUGS
If your car headlights, grill, and bumpers are coated with hard-to-remove bugs, reach for the ketchup. Coat the affected areas with ketchup, and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. Use a scrub brush to give the area a good cleaning, then rinse well and buff dry.
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5. RELIEVE PAIN
Save those little packages of ketchup from fast-food orders, and store them in the freezer to make mini-ice packs. The ketchup won’t freeze as hard as an ice cube and will mold around a skinned knee or an insect bite.
6. BUFF BRASS
Make brass hardware on cabinets and doors and brass accessories like candlesticks and bowls shine. Apply a layer of ketchup, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rub with a soft cloth, rinse well, then dry with a soft cloth.
7. POLISH COPPER
Copper pots, pans, and kettles are beautiful, but they can tarnish easily. Spread a layer of ketchup over the copper, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rub with a soft cloth, and rinse well. If the tarnish is especially heavy, sprinkle a heavy layer of coarse salt over the ketchup before you begin to polish. The mild abrasive action of the salt helps remove thick tarnish.
8. REMOVE RUST FROM METAL
Kitchen utensils, outdoor furniture, and garden tools can develop small rust spots. Apply a thick layer of ketchup, and let it sit for 30 minutes. Rub with a soft cloth, then rinse well. This solution works best on small spots of rust, not on metal that is covered completely with rust.
9. DE-SKUNK YOUR DOG
When your dog encounters a rather startled or angry skunk (you’ll know when it happens), you’ll want to get rid of the odor as soon as possible. Many folks swear by tomato juice as a good odor remover, but a coating of ketchup on the fur will work just as well. Ketchup can benefit Fido’s skin, too, with lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, and Vitamins A, C, and K!
10. RECYCLE + REUSE
After you have everything in your home, garden, and garage shined up and Fido smelling sweet, don’t toss out those ketchup squirt bottles – recycle or reuse them! Here are some fun and creative ways to reuse your empty ketchup bottles:
- Pancake or cupcake icing dispenser. The bottle is easy to manage and prevents drips.
- Make funnel cakes at home.
- Paint dispenser for finger paints or glue.
- Squirt toy in the bath or pool.
- Bowling pins. Let kids set them up and knock ’em down for a fun afternoon activity.
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What do you think of these Genius Ways to Clean with Ketchup in Your Home? Will you use them in your home? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!