Posted on Dec 18, 2023 at 4:03 pm by Oliver C
Potatoes are not only meant to be consumed. They can also be used for various cleaning tricks around the house.
Here are 10 surprising tips for using potatoes as a household aid.
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1/ Clean tiles with a potato
Potato is a natural detergent that can be used to clean different surfaces in the house, including tiles. Just cut a potato in half and apply it directly to the surfaces to be cleaned.
Using starchy substances like potatoes to effortlessly remove dirt and stains is an example of their effectiveness; similarly, for impeccable cleaning of tile joints, similar methods can be just as effective.
2/ Revive faded white curtains
Over time, your white curtains become yellowish and lose their brightness. You can use potato starch to restore whiteness to your curtains. To do this, add two tablespoons of starch to the basin water during manual washing in addition to the usual laundry powder used.
3/ Prevent fogging on windows and mirrors
Potato juice also acts as an anti-fog when applied to windows and mirrors in the house. This trick can be particularly useful in the bathroom.
4/ Degrease the kitchen backsplash
Potato cooking water is an excellent degreaser for removing layers of grease on the walls and backsplash of your kitchen.
- To prepare this cleaner, save the potato cooking water after use.
- Mix it in equal parts with white vinegar and pour into a spray bottle for easy use.
- Use this mixture to clean the backsplash or stainless steel countertops.
5/ Remove grass stains from fabrics
Potatoes can also be used to remove grass stains from clothes and other fabrics. To do this, rub the fresh stain with a piece of potato in circular motions, then let it dry with potato starch to form a crust that will facilitate stain removal.
6/ Restore shine to your dishes
Simply wash your dishes in potato cooking water to restore their former shine.
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7/ Absorb bad odors
To naturally eliminate bad odors in a room or refrigerator in the kitchen, simply cut slices of potatoes and place them in a small dish. The potato slices will easily absorb the bad odors.
Don’t forget to pour a few drops of lemon juice on the potatoes to prevent them from oxidizing and regularly change the slices.
8/ Remove weeds from the garden with potato cooking water
To get rid of weeds without using chemical pesticides, simply pour the still hot potato cooking water directly onto the weeds invading your garden.
9/ Clean tarnished silverware
To remove any traces of tarnish on your silverware and restore its original shine, simply soak it in hot potato cooking water for 10 minutes before rubbing it with a dry cloth.
10/ Fight stubborn limescale
Potatoes are also effective in dissolving limescale. You can use them to clean limescale-covered faucets in the kitchen or bathroom: cut a potato in half, rub the faucet with it, let it sit for 10 minutes, scrub again, and rinse.
By adopting these grandmother’s tips, you can use potatoes as a natural, effective, and economical household aid.
Potatoes are essential in the kitchen, but they also have their place in your cleaning tricks box!