The tannic acid in black tea dissolves dirt and grease, making it a simple and accessible cleaning agent. Brew a batch of strong black tea by pouring about 8 ounces of boiling water into a bowl with 3 bags of black tea. Let steep until it is completely cooled. Then, pour it into a spray bottle and set to work.
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Make Your Windows Shine with Black Tea
Clean Your Toilet with Coke
Cut through nasty lime scale buildup—no traditional cleaners needed. That's right—a can of Coke is all you need to clean your toilet. Just pour a can into the bowl and allow it to sit overnight. Use a toilet brush as you normally would, and flush several times to wash away scale—and any leftover sugar, of course.
Related: The Right Way to Clean a Toilet
Freshen Your Fridge with Coffee
If your fridge is getting funky, set a bowl of fresh coffee grounds inside it to absorb the odors. It may also make you crave a cup of Joe when you open the door to grab a snack, but that’s better than smelling rotten eggs or fish, is it not?
Refresh Finished Floors with Tea
Next time you mop your hardwood floors, try a spot of tea. Steep a large batch and allow to cool. Apply to the floor with a lightly damp mop or rag. The tannins in the tea remove dirt and grime, while softening the look of scratches and dings. As with any floor cleanser, be sure to first test a small, inconspicuous spot to ensure the results you want.
Remove Paint & Rust on Hardware
Clean Your Grill Grates with Coffee
Deodorize Your Carpets
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