Experts Reveal the Science Behind the Stainbusting Foods in Your Fridge

By: | September 10th, 2014

There are so many specialized cleaning products available in supermarkets that you could practically fill your home with them.  But if you don’t want to shell out the money on expensive cleaning products or just want to take a break from the harsh chemicals found in these products, simple solutions can be find right in your home.

White vinegar, baking soda, salt, toothpaste, shaving cream and lemon are nearly all that you need to clean your house. These solutions can do a great job while saving a lot of money.

Using food items for cleaning as  a substitute to specialized cleaning products is not a new concept. The idea has been around for hundreds of years but now a cleaning expert has explained the science behind some foods that are very useful in tackling rust, grime, grease or stains.

Experts from London-based cleaning site shared which food items can be used as substitutes to expensive cleaning products. This ranges from potatoes to banana skins, ketchup to mayonnaise.

Vinegar is an extremely fine rust remover. Phosphoric acid found in cola drinks and citric acid in lemon juice also can do the job. Acids in soda and vinegar are found in products and react to lift stains.

Natural acid in tomato ketchup reacts with the oxidizing of the tarnished silver, brass or copper. Oxalic acid in potatoes and baking soda are effective at tackling rust. Banana skins are quite useful to buff leather.

Experts also revealed that sodas can be good toilet cleaner because they contain carbonic, citric and phosphoric acids.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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