Aluminum Foil as Glassware ScrubberTo get baked-on food off a glass pan or an oven rack, use dish washing liquid and a ball of foil in place of a steel-wool soap pad.It's one way to recycle those used but perfectly good pieces of foil you hate to throw out.
Baby Oil as Chrome PolishForget keeping skin soft, baby oil also polishes chrome. Apply a dab to a cotton cloth and use it to shine everything from faucets to hubcaps. You'll end up with shiny, happy surfaces from a medicine-cabinet staple.
Baking Soda as Silver PolishTo polish silver: Wash items, then place on aluminum foil in the bottom of a pot. Add a baking-soda solution (Â¼ cup soda, a few teaspoons salt, 1 quart boiling water) and cover for a few seconds. The result? A chemical reaction that gets the black off the gravy boat.
Broom as Long Distance DusterTo dust crown moldings, place a microfiber rag over the broom's bristles and secure with a rubber band. Then use the long handle to dust areas that your arms can't reach.
Chalk as Tarnish PreventionSlow the tarnish on your good silver by tying up a few moisture-absorbing pieces in cheesecloth and store them with your cutlery for shinier flatware that reflects well on you in no time flat.
Cooking Spray as Candlestick CleanerCelebrating by candlelight? Spray the inside of a votive holder with a thin coating before dropping in a tea light. After the candle has burned down, the remaining wax will slip out.
Cotton Ball as Rubber Glove ProtectorFor leak-resistant gloves at your fingertips, push one cotton ball into the end of each finger of a dish washing glove to keep sharp nails from splitting the rubber.