Everyday items have surprising uses

How WD-40, banana peels and dishwashing soap can make things a little easier

The Charlotte ObserverApril 18, 2013 

Use these items around the house to do more:

For decades, WD-40 has been used for all sorts of household chores, but here are a few that may surprise you:

-- Before heading out to the garden, spray shovel spades and other digging tools so dirt will just slide off.

-- In the kitchen, use WD-40 to remove stubborn food stuck to your refrigerator shelves. A few sprays of WD 40 will also help separate glass casserole dishes.

-- Remove paint, mascara and scruff marks from tile floor.

-- For kid-related emergencies, WD-40 can remove chewing gum from carpets and hair, as well as take crayon off walls.

-- In the garage, use WD-40 to remove bug debris from your car grille.

-- WD-40 can also keeps pests at bay. Spray windowsills, door frames and eaves to keep yellow jackets and hornets from building nests.

A bunch of new ways to use bananas:

-- Mashed bananas make a great facial mask, leaving your face feeling moisturized and smooth.

-- Shine silverware and leather shoes using the inside of the peel.

-- Use the inside of the peel to clean the leaves of houseplants.

-- In the garden, use banana peels to add a shot of potassium when planting seedlings. Peels are also good to add to your compost pile.

Dishwashing soap:

-- Mix 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with 1 cup of salt and 1 gallon of white vinegar and pour between sidewalks, patio tiles and pavers to kill and deter future weeds.

-- Maintain your air conditioner by using warm water and dishwashing soap to clean debris and dirt off foam or metal filters.

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