Cleaning benefits of potatoes

Potatoes are quite versatile, asides the various yummy ways you can eat them, either as French fries, chips or simple boiled potatoes, they are also quite useful when it comes to cleaning.

Here are some smart ways to use potatoes for cleaning jobs.


Getting rid of rust is no easy task. Clean rust off of your household appliances by using a cut-up potato. The acids in the potato can help dissolve the rust while the skins add their scrubbing power to help wipe it away. For tough jobs, add some soap or salt to the end of the potato to get a deeper scrub Rub it on the rust until it’s completely gone. Rinse well with water and let it dry.

Eye Glasses

If you wear glasses, you know how annoying it is when they fog up. Whether you use ski goggles, a diving mask, safety glasses or swim goggles, potatoes can help prevent the fogging and smearing that make it difficult to see. Rub a raw potato on the inside of your lenses. The starch in the potatoes keeps your glasses from fogging up. Wipe dry with a clean cloth and your goggles should stay crystal clear.

Small stains

Potatoes are excellent stain removers and they can safely be used in a lot of ways around the house. Dab a half raw potato on a grease stain to get rid of it. You’ll have to repeat the process numerous times to get the stain out completely.

Cleaning up glass

Shards may bring happiness, they say, but we definitely don’t want to step on them. It’s a difficult task to pick up all the shards and pieces of broken glass. Some pieces are so small that you don’t even see them. Here’s where potatoes come in handy. Cut a potato in half. Rub the open side on the ground where the glass broke. For safety, always wear protective gloves when doing so.

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Polishing silver

Want to clean up your fine silver without all of the chemical scrubbing? Boiled potatoes and Save the water! The water contains lots of starch which can help get rid of annoying stains on your silverware. Place the silver in the water for at least an hour. Polish it when it’s dry and you’ll see how it looks shiny and new.


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