Unusual cleaning products for a sparkling home

unusual cleaning products

Need to clean but have run out of traditional sprays or don’t fancy using chemicals? Don’t worry: we have nine surprising cleaning products you can find around the house. They’ll get your home sparkling clean in a jiffy.

Experts at Online-Bedrooms.co.uk have revealed nine genius ways to use unusual cleaning products as easy everyday solutions to help remove stubborn stains and scruffs.

These surprising cleaning products include using mayonnaise to remove water marks and using coconut oil to clean off dust. Shaving foam, shampoo and toothpaste are among the other products you can use to clean your home.

As inflation rates rise during the cost-of-living crisis, prices of household products such as stain removers and surface sprays are among typical goods to increase at an alarming rate.

There are little changes which can be made to a cleaning routine to cut the costs of buying expensive products. These range from using salt to remove stains from pans, to using a condiment favourite to help clean off watermarks on surfaces.

Nic Shacklock from Online-Bedrooms.co.uk says, “With many families struggling to afford the raised prices of goods in the shops, we wanted to find out which random products can be used as a cheaper cleaning method to spruce up the home.”

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Unusual cleaning products can be used to get your surfaces sparkling clean. Photography: iStock.

“We’ve found peculiar ways that everyday products can be used around the home to help with cleaning, from using shaving foam to clean the toilet to using vinegar to give your surfaces a polished look.

“These simple and effective alternatives to cleaning can help to cut back on weekly expenses, while leaving homes with a flawless finish after they’re used to good work.”

Here are the nine unusual cleaning products:


If you have a burnt pan after cooking, then have a go at using salt as a quick solution to save endless scrubbing. Soak the pan as normal and boil with hot water, then scrub over the pan with salt. Focus particularly on the burnt areas, because the salt can help clean these areas in a few minutes.

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Firstly: salt is a great addition to the unusual cleaning products list. Photography: iStock.
White vinegar

This favourite among unusual cleaning products will fix a showerhead covered in heavy limescale. Place the shower head in a plastic bag filled with white vinegar for around 30 minutes. Then the residue should fade once you run water over it.

white vinegar
Unusual cleaning products: secondly, white vinegar is a versatile cleaning product. Photography: iStock.
Nail varnish remover

As an alternative to putting your white shoes in the washing machine all day, simply soak a cotton ball with some nail varnish remover to get rid of scuff marks. It’s also a way to revive the gleaming bright white colour on slightly worn out shoes.

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Unusual cleaning products: nail polish remover can make old white trainers look fresh and clean. Photography: iStock.

Removing water marks can be a tricky task to get right, as sometimes it can lead to further marks. While it’s more commonly known as a tasty condiment, you can spread mayonnaise on water marks. Then leave it on for ten minutes before wiping, which should help take the marks off smoothly and quickly.

mayonnaise in a bowl
Unusual cleaning products: mayonnaise can help to remove water marks. Photography: iStock.
Shaving foam

Need to get rid of unwanted toilet stains or a urine odour which won’t go away even after using bleach? Then try spraying some leftover shaving foam into the toilet to help eliminate unwanted bathroom smells.

shaving foam
Unusual cleaning products: shaving foam can get rid of unwanted smells. Photography: iStock.

It’s a mild abrasive, but toothpaste isn’t just good for brushing your teeth or removing shoe scuffs. It’s also a great way to clean your sinks – so have a go at using it to achieve a sparkling shine on your basins.

toothpaste on a brush
Unusual cleaning products: toothpaste isn’t just for brushing your teeth – it can make your sink shiny and clean. Photography: iStock.
Coconut oil

Create a dust-busting solution by mixing coconut oil with water and white vinegar. Using this mix will help prevent a build-up of dust in all areas of the house. Use it everywhere from behind the TV to on the surfaces of bedside tables.

coconut oil
Unusual cleaning products: coconut oil mixed with water and white vinegar can bust that dust. Photography: iStock.

It’s a handy alternative to using a microfibre cloth on mirrors and glass. Spray either vinegar or a surface solution, scrunch up a piece of used newspaper, then get wiping to achieve a streak-free finish.

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Unusual cleaning products: used newspaper can help get glass and mirrors shining again. Photography: iStock.
Baking soda

To cut the costs of cleaning the washing machine in half, opt for a bag of baking soda instead of cleaning solvent. Put one cup of the product in the detergent drawer. Then turn on the machine for a 15-minute hot cycle to remove any mouldy smells and stains ahead of the next wash.

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Unusual cleaning products: baking soda will clean your washing machine in a trice. Photography: iStock.

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