Dirt is the opposite of clean, isn’t it? Then why is it that you can use dirt to clean things? Oh, you didn’t know? Sure, you can use dirt to clean many things that otherwise don’t want to come clean. Of course, after you clean with dirt, you have to rinse off the object, or it will be covered with dirt. However, dirt helps to remove grease and grime from many different things including tools, knives – even your hands!
You get finished doing a greasy repair job on the car and the first thing you do is run for the hand cleaner, right? Well, pick up a handful of dirt, rub it around between the palms of your hands, and you’ll see the grease starting to disappear. Dirt absorbs grease plus has a grit that works as a scouring agent. After you’ve got quite a lot of dirt on your palms, use it to scrub on the backside of your hands as well, and even between the fingers. Afterwards, wash your hands with soap and water to see perfection.
You know that wire brush you use to clean the grill? There’s no way it will ever come clean! Or is there? Simply take the brush out to the yard and set it, bristle side down, in the dirt. Raise and slam the brush several times, sinking the bristles deep into the ground, until you see they’re clean. Dirt literally “sands away” the grease and grime. When you’re finished, rinse the brush well.
The best dirt for cleaning things is not a fine silt. Also, if the dirt is really wet you won’t get the best results. Dirt that’s been firmly packed for years, and is dry or slightly damp, is ideal for cleaning a multitude of different things. Do you have a favorite skillet that won’t come clean on the bottom? Use dirt! Set the pan in the dirt and roll the bottom round and round until it’s sanded clean. Wash the dirty skillet with warm, soapy water afterward. Got a knife that’s starting to rust? Use dirt to sand the rust away! Clean pocket knives, screwdrivers and much more simply by using dirt as the abrasive cleaner.
It might be a little repulsive to think of using dirt as a cleaner, but once you try it, you’ll be sold on the idea! Clean metal, wood, plastic – even skin when you use ordinary dirt. Go get something dirty right now and head towards the front yard; it’ll be sparkling clean in no time!