Standard cleaning tools usually include some sponges or rags, spray cleaners, a mop, bucket, and vacuum. Toss in a pair a gloves and most of us spray, sprinkle, scrub, and dust with the things that most households use.

But this video from Hometalk will impress you with its unusual and clever cleaning tips that you don’t see every day. You’ll start scanning things you’ve haven’t cleaned in eons with a motivated twinkle in your eye, ready to tackle the job with ease.

Inexpensive and effective, these tricks will help you get your housework done efficiently without any fancy gadgets or a hired hand. Check them out!

  1. Ketchup Cleanser

    Say what? Everyone’s favorite condiment is actually an amazing cleaner for brass, copper, and other metals. Squirt some directly onto your item or leave your tiny objects bathing in a bowl of it. Let it sit for 40 minutes to an hour and then rinse or scrub the ketchup off.

    The acids in the tomatoes and vinegar in ketchup is what gives it powers as a cleaner. Buying this condiment in bulk won’t seem so strange now.

  2. Vinegar for Windows

    Got dirty window tracks? Banish the muck with some vinegar and baking soda. Sprinkle the soda on the track, pour some vinegar on top, and watch the mixture eat away at grime with fizzy glee. Scrub, then wipe away whatever remnants are left behind.

  3. Degrease Your Cabinets

    If your kitchen cabinets are made of wood, then they are prone to catch oil and grease when you cook. That layer of sticky film can be a bear to remove, but powdered dish detergent works just as well as an oil on oil method.

    Soak a rag in hot water and sprinkle some detergent onto it. Rub and scrub until the grease comes off your cabinets, and then wipe those areas again with a clean rag. Any powdered brand of detergent will do!

  4. Baby Your Stainless Steel

    A shot or two of baby oil on your stainless steel sink will polish it up nicely. Clean any stainless steel item first with a mild soap or white vinegar, and follow up with a dab of baby oil on a rag or paper towel to make it shiny! This technique works great for greasy fingerprints and other marks too.

  5. Wax Off with Baking Soda

    If you’ve ever had kids in your home, then it’s likely there are visible or hidden crayon marks somewhere on your walls. Mine were particularly fond of tracing baseboards with tiny dots. Buff the waxy spots out with a damp rag dipped in baking soda. Watch that unsolicited wall mural disappear!


Keep watching this video to learn more unusual cleaning tips that really work! Now you can add these to your repertoire along with Kool-Aid, Vaseline, and vodka. Your cleaning caddy will never look the same. Pass the ketchup, please.

Which of these tips made you say “wow!”? Have you ever cleaned with an odd method? What’s the most unusual but practical object you’ve used for cleaning?