Outdoor Furniture and Toys..........Take grungy white resin or white painted furniture by lightly scrubbing with an eraser cleaning block. The eraser gets into crevices and cracks while leaving paint finishes intact. The same principle applies to outdoor plastic toys.
Pool Liners..........A gentle scrubbing on your liner will get rid of the water mark better than any other product.
Vinyl..........Take an eraser to scuffs on just about anything made from vinyl: siding, boat seats, shoes, etc.
Car Interiors..........Clean the car seats with an eraser block: Go lightly on leather, but it's okay on fabric and vinyl, lightly scrub the car steering wheel. Eraser blocks get rid of grease streaks left inside after the car's been to the shop, too.
Hubcaps..........Clean your car's hubcaps with an eraser for a water-free car wash.
Refrigerator..........Get rid of last year's drippings that are pooled in the back of the fridge. It'll take a whole eraser block, but it gets the job done. The seals that have gotten a bit black and moldy will also respond well to an eraser.
Dishwasher Interior..........What are those colors inside your dishwasher from time to time? Lime, mold, ewww. Just take an eraser to them and the stains will banish.
Bathtub and Sinks..........Getting rid of dirt and water marks is easier (and not so gross) with an eraser block. Bathtubs can take a tough scrub, but go lightly on sinks -- even a light scrub gets rid of that caked on dirt that you often can't see until you try to get it off.
Rust Removal..........Scrub anywhere (around pipes in kitchen and bath) that you see rust.
Computer..........A magic eraser gets rid of oil and dirt that has built up on your keyboard and mouse; you can use it on laptops, too.
Phones..........Use one on your phone's mouthpiece, too -- it gets rid of the same grime that builds up on your computer.
Bugs..........Wherever there are smooshed bugs (porch pillars, car windshields, interior walls, exterior doors, exterior light fixtures) wipe them away with an eraser block.
Glass Stove Tops..........No need to have special stove top cleaner on hand, get rid of burned-on food by lightly scrubbing until the gunk is gone.
Dishes and Glassware..........Rub hard-to-clean build-up off of thrift store dishes and glassware, like Pyrex bowls, following advice from the blog Pyrex Love.
Gutter..........Get rid of green slime that builds up on gutters with an eraser. It's another ewww-worthy task, but it'll be almost effortless with an eraser.
Mirrors and Windows..........Many fans of eraser blocks swear it gives them a streak-free and clean mirror, if the pad is slightly damp when you give it a light scrub.
Floors..........Erase scuff marks, old paint drips-great for most floors (but always go lightly, especially on finished wood).
Grout..........Which leads us to grout. The eraser does well with most grout (except really old and darkened-beyond-help grout that will remain gray even with best scrubbing efforts).
Granite countertops..........Everyone is afraid to scrub granite, but an eraser pad, used at first gently and then with a little more oomph as the stains disappear, will indeed get stubborn stains out of granite.
Leather..........You can use and eraser lightly on leather upholstery, purses or shoes to lift up marks -- just be sure to use a gentle touch.
Odor Remover..........After chopping onions, scrub your hands with salt and a splash of vinegar to eliminate the smell.
To shine chrome sink fixtures that have a lime buildup, use a paste made of 2 tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar.
Make your own scouring cleanser by combining 1/4 cup baking soda with 1 tablespoon liquid detergent. Add just enough white distilled vinegar to give it a thick but creamy texture.
Clean the microwave by mixing 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Bring it to a rolling boil inside the microwave. Baked-on food will be loosened, and odors will disappear. Wipe clean.
Clean the shelves and walls of the refrigerator with a half-and-half solution of water and white distilled vinegar.
Cut the grime on the top of the refrigerator with a paper towel or cloth and full-strength white distilled vinegar.
To clean a grease splattered oven door window, saturate it with full-strength white distilled vinegar. Keep the door open for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping with a sponge.
Easily clean your mini blinds by wearing pair of white cotton gloves. Dip gloved fingers into a solution of equal parts white vinegar and warm tap water, and run your fingers across both sides of each blind.
To clean tarnished brass, copper, and pewter, use a paste with equal amounts of white distilled vinegar and table salt.
Discourage ants by spraying undiluted white distilled vinegar outside doorways and windowsills, around appliances and wherever you find the pests coming in.
Drain Unclogger..........To get your drain running again (without resorting to chemicals worthy of a hazmat suit) pour ˝ cup soda, then ˝ cup vinegar, down a clogged drain. Cover it with a wet cloth, wait 5 minutes, uncover, and flush with steaming-hot water.
Stain Remover..........Clean discolored teacups and teapots by making a paste of baking soda and water. Gently rub over the stain to remove.
Pan Scrubber..........Sprinkle soda on crusted casseroles and roasting pans and let sit for five minutes. Lightly scrub and rinse.
Tub Scrubber..........Rub tub stains away. Create a paste mad up of equal parts baking soda and cream of tartar and a little lemon juice. Let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse.
Crayon Eraser..........Sprinkle it on a damp sponge to erase crayon, pencil, and ink from painted surfaces.
Clean patio furniture..........Wash with solution of 1/2 cup baking soda, one tablespoon dishwashing liquid, and one gallon of hot water. Rinse and dry.
Clean and deodorize the microwave..........Boil a solution of two tablespoons baking soda and one cup water in the microwave for a few minutes. Then, wipe off all the grime easily.
Soften burnt-on food..........Cover surfaces of pots and pans with baking soda, add hot water, and let soak for 10 minutes. Then scrub with baking soda on a damp sponge.
Candlestick Cleaner..........Celebrating by candlelight? Spray the inside of a votive holder with a thin coating before dropping in a tea light. After the candle has burned down, the remaining wax will slip out.
Ice Repellent..........Before clearing snow off a driveway, liberally spray both sides of a plastic or metal shovel with cooking spray. The ice will slide right off the oily surface. It's the easiest trick for smoother snow removal.
Vase Cleaner..........When residue clings to unreachable spots inside a vase or a decanter, fill the container with warm water and drop in one or two denture-cleaning tablets for every eight ounces of warm water. Let the fizzy solution sit for the time specified on the
product's box, then rinse.
CD Cleaner..........To restore a damaged CD, apply a dot of non-gel formula toothpaste to a cotton cloth and rub in a straight line from the center of the CD outward, covering any scratches. Rinse off the toothpaste with water.
Refrigerator Odor Absorber..........Absorb odors in the refrigerator’s vegetable drawer with a lining of newspaper.
Homemade Drain Cleaner..........Get a slow-moving drain flowing again and pour a solution of ˝ cup of salt for every quart of hot water down the pipe.
Window Washer..........Newspapers deposit less lint than paper towels do and don't leave any streaks. Just spray on a glass cleaner and wipe.
Food-Container Deodorizer..........Stuff a balled-up piece of newspaper into a plastic container that has developed a funk, and let it sit overnight. By morning the paper will have absorbed the offending smell.
Chrome Polish..........Forget keeping skin soft, baby oil also polishes chrome. Apply a dab to a cotton cloth and use it to shine everything from faucets to hubcaps. You'll end up with shiny, happy surfaces from a medicine-cabinet staple. (Who actually owns
chrome cleaner, anyway?)
Sink Polish..........Polish faucets, sinks, tile, even shower doors with Turtle Wax, which leaves behind a protective barrier against water and soap buildup, so your hard-earned sparkle will last past the next tooth-brushing.
Garden Shear Lubricant..........For cleaner cuts with less elbow grease, rub a little paste on the hinge of a pair of garden shears so they don’t get jammed.