Sink full of dirty dishes and an empty dishwashing liquid bottle? Need to launder some delicate fabrics, remove a stain or polish the silver but have run out of the cleaning product that is supposed to be used for the task? No problem. Several unconventional cleaning product swaps can be made to get the task done without having to make a trip to the store.
Use Liquid Laundry Detergent To Wash Dishes
A teaspoon full of liquid laundry detergent in a sink filled with warm water will clean that mountains of dirty dishes in a pinch. Liquid laundry detergent will even cut through the greasy residue left on plates. Liquid laundry detergent is tougher on skin than traditional dishwashing liquid, so wear rubber gloves. Rinse dishes well to remove detergent residue and fragrance.
Caked on or burnt on food can be removed from a pan with liquid fabric softener. Fill the dirty pan with hot water, then add a tablespoon of liquid fabric softener and let soak while washing the other dishes.
Out of Delicate Fabric Detergent? Swap to Shampoo
Need to hand wash some delicate fabric but are out of fine-fabric detergent? Reach for the bottle of shampoo. Shampoo will be as delicate on fine washables as it is on hair.
Pre-treat any stains on the delicate fabric by putting a drop of shampoo on the spot and gently rubbing in the fabric. The add a pea-sized drop of shampoo to sink filled with cold water and wash delicate fabric as usual.
No Carpet Stain Remover to Get up a Spill? Swap to Baby Wipes
The cup of juice accidentally was spilled on the carpet and you’re out of carpet stain remover. Baby wipes or facial cleansing wipes will make the swap and remove the stain from the carpet.
First blot up as much of the spilled liquid as possible with paper towels. Then use baby wipes or facial cleaning wipes to remove the stain. Blot the carpet with the wipe, turning the wipe frequently to keep a clean side down on the carpet. Change wipes as the old one becomes stained from absorbing the spilled liquid. Continue using wipes until the wipe remains clear of stain color.
Swap Silver Polish for Toothpaste
Almost done polishing the silver when you run out of silver polish? Grab the tube of toothpaste and finish the polishing job.
Choose a plain non-gel toothpaste that has no additives (no tartar control or whitener). Moisten the piece of silver, then apply a drop of toothpaste to it and rub in with fingers, rinse toothpaste off then buff silver with soft cloth. Toothpaste will remove light silver tarnish without damaging the silver.