Beyond Lemons and Vinegar: How to Clean With Ketchup, Vodka, Butter and More

Beyond Lemons and Vinegar: How to Clean With Ketchup, Vodka, Butter and More

Tomato sauce. Softened butter. Red wine.

We usually think of our favorite foods and drinks as the stuff that make the stains on our clothes, not what we use to remove them. And sure, most people know about using lemons and salt and white vinegar, oh beloved white vinegar, for all kinds of cleaning needs. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about.

We’re here to talk about Tabasco — yes, everyone’s favorite hot sauce can be used for cleaning. As can Coca-Cola. And granulated sugar. And even sliced bread.

For the purposes of this exercise, we’ve omitted food and drink items that are very commonly known for their cleaning prowess, like club soda, baking soda, citrus fruits, salt and, yes, white vinegar, in favor of focusing on more esoteric — at least in the realm of cleaning — foodstuffs. Like ketchup.

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