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4 household products you didn’t know could be used for something else

There are so many products just lying around your house, waiting for their time to shine. Well it’s time for them to get out of the cabinet and start pulling their weight! Most everyday household items can be used for more than what the back of the container says. Here are four household products you didn’t know could be used for something else.

Alka-Seltzer to clean toilet buildup

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Alka-Seltzer is an amazing product. Not only does it add fun fizzy bubbles to your water, but it can also fix headaches, heartburn, stomachaches, indigestion, acid reflux, and even hangovers. With a product that can do that much already, does it really need to do more?

The secret that cleaning product manufacturers don’t want you to know is that Alka-Seltzer tablets are also great for cleaning surfaces around your house. Tired of that irritating buildup in your toilet but don’t really want to reach your hands in there to scrub it? Don’t! Throw some Alka-Seltzer tablets in there and let the bubbles do their magic. After about 20 minutes, give it a quick swipe with the toilet brush and those pesky stains will be no more.

This method can also be used to clean other hard-to-reach places around your house as well. Can you fit your hand all the way down into the coffeemaker to clean out the water reservoir? We can’t, either. But if you put some fizzing Alka-Seltzer in there, it freshens right up.

There are also some fun science experiments that you can do with Alka-Seltzer tablets when you’re finished with cleaning and ready for fun.

Cooking spray to fix creaky doors

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Cooking spray is great for keeping eggs from sticking to your pan in the morning, but did you know that it could also be used as a WD40 replacement? Hinges are all over your house, and as they age, the oil residue is used up, leaving metal-on-metal contact. Is it starting to sound like you live in a haunted house with all the creaking doors?

If you don’t feel like running to the hardware store for some lubricating spray, just grab some cooking spray from your pantry. Lightly spray any squeaky hinges in your house and open and close the door a few times to get the oil to penetrate the hinge. This is especially helpful if you’re on vacation. Most rental houses don’t have a fully stocked garage with WD40, but most of them do have some sort of cooking spray.

Dryer sheets to remove stuck-on food

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Dryer sheets are the unsung hero of the kitchen that nobody knows about. Not only can they help keep your clothes wrinkle-free and smelling fresh in the dryer, but they can also be used to remove tough grease and stuck-on food in pots and pans. Put some warm water in the pan and put a dryer sheet on the surface of the water and wait 20 minutes. The conditioning properties of the dryer sheet lift the tough grease, allowing you to easily wipe it away with a sponge.

Dryer sheets can also be used to remove shoe odors and pick up pet hair from the floor or from furniture. Next time you do the laundry, don’t throw away your dryer sheet until you get some more work out of it.

Shaving cream to defog mirrors

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Shaving cream: great for removing hair, but it can also prevent your bathroom mirror from fogging. With this great hack, you don’t even have to leave the bathroom to find the window cleaner to clean your mirrors. All you have to do is rub some shaving cream on the surface of the mirror and wipe away with a damp cloth. Not only does it leave a beautiful, streak-free shine, but the soap in the shaving cream leaves a water-resistant film on the mirror. Next time you take a shower, you’ll be able to fix your hair without using the hand-towel to clean the glass or feeling like you’re staring through a fog.