Ahhhhhh, spring. The birds are chirping, the tulips are blooming, and you can finally break out your beloved floral sundresses.
Spring also signifies a fresh start, so why not kickoff the season with some spring cleaning! *cue groans from college students everywhere*
I feel ya, Buttercup. But with these innovative uses for foods that can clean your dorm, you’ll be cleaning out the fridge andyour room, so you can be back to tanning on the quad in no time. Plus, cleaning with food is all-natural, meaning you’ll feel pretty darn good about yourself when Earth Day comes around later this month.
When life gives you lemons, feed them to an adorable baby. But make sure you save one so you can use it to clean your microwave.
It’s not just for Margarita Monday. Salt’s abrasive quality is perfect for polishing your stainless steel sink. Just sprinkle some over half a lemon, scrub your sink and faucet, then rinse with water. Bonus: your sink will smell ~naturally~ lemony fresh.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
*cue flashback to your fifth grade science fair project* This dynamic duo works wonders on everything from keeping your fridge sparkling and free of funky smells to cleaning your toilet. Thanks, science!
This sh*t is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S. It may sound bananas, but you can actually clean your silverware or silver jewelry with banana peels.
Accidentally scratch your dorm room’s wooden desk or dresser? Avoid paying a damage fee with the help of the humble walnut. Simply rub the walnut on the scratch, wait ten minutes, then buff with a clean cloth. MAGIC.
Share a Coke with your rusty or burnt pots and pans. The acidity in the soda cuts right through the grime, making your cookware look shiny and new. Find the detailed instructions here.
Aside from helping you get tipsy, vodka can be used to keep your mirrors and windows smudge-free. Just used a spray bottle to spritz on a little of the good stuff, then wipe clean with a paper towel. Check out this Spoon article for more alternative uses for vodka.
Is there anything this good-for-you oil can’t do? You can even use it to condition your leather couch by using a soft cloth to buff a tiny bit of it into the surface. But I have to ask, if you’re a college kid that owns a swanky leather couch, couldn’t you just hire someone to clean for you?
Gluten allergy or not, everyone can reap the benefits of cleaning with flour. Use it to polish your stainless steel sink or any other stainless steel surface. Just don’t ingest it straight up like the guy in the gif because, um, ewwww.
Orange is definitely the new black. Save your orange peels and use them to make this all-purpose cleaner. Get excited because now your dorm is gonna smell like like freshly-squeezed OJ. YUM.
And since you’re probably craving a mimosa now, here’s a great recipe to #TreatYoSelf to when you’re done cleaning.
Looking for more unique ways to use food and kitchen appliances? Check out these great ideas: