Power Up Your Cleaning Routine with... Caffeine?

Many people enjoy a hot caffeinated beverage in the morning or a cold, bubbly cola in the afternoon, not just for the taste, but for the caffeine pick-me-up. But those caffeinated drinks can do more than just put perk in your step. They can clean everything from your windows to your floors. Check out these simple and—perhaps—unexpected ways to clean with caffeine.

  1. Make Your Windows Shine with Black Tea

    Natural Window Cleaner

    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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  2. Clean Your Toilet with Coke

    Clean 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


  3. Freshen Your Fridge with Coffee

    Natural Odor Eliminator

    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?

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  4. Refresh Finished Floors with Tea

    Natural Floor Cleaner

    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.

    Related:  Floor Care Guide—11 Ways to Care for Your Wood Floors


  5. Remove Paint & Rust on Hardware

    How to Clean Rust

    Rehabbing an old dresser or door? Remove old paint or rust from the hardware in a flash by dropping handles, knobs and hinges into a glass of Coke. Let it sit for 24 hours, then simply wipe away the leftover gunk with a stiff brush and rinse.

    Related:  How To—Remove Rust


  6. Clean Your Grill Grates with Coffee

    How to Clean a Grill

    Your leftover morning coffee could making cleaning the grill after dinner a snap. Just soak the grates in full strength coffee for about an hour, then brush away cooked-on grime and rinse.

    Related:  10 Morsels of Grilling Wisdom from the Pros


  7. Deodorize Your Carpets

    Homemade Carpet Freshener

    If your carpets stink, sprinkle them with dry tea leaves. Allow the tea to sit for 20 minutes or more to absorb the odors. Then vacuum as you regularly do.

    Related:  How To—Get Rid of Every Carpet Stain


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