Use Extreme Temperatures To Clean Around The House

Use Extreme Temperatures To Clean Around The House

Remember the crazy frozen jeans trick a few months back? Well, it turns out that extreme temperatures can be used to clean other things around the house, too. The home improvement folks over at the Networx put some of the more popular methods through the wringer, from killing weeds with boiling water to cleaning the disposal with vinegar ice cubes, and many of them actually worked.Photo by Steve Ryan

Some temperature-cleaning legends didn’t pan out, like whitening clothes by boiling them (they got cleaner, but not whiter); and boiling a mixture of baking soda, vinegar, and water in a pan to de-stain the pan itself. Others, however, did work — like boiling water and vinegar in a kettle or coffee pot to clean them and get rid of stains, or boiling lemon juice mixed with water in a microwave to clean out the splattered crust from a thousand frozen burritos.

Pouring boiling water directly onto weeds sprouting out of cracks in cement killed the weeds, but as the Networx testers noted, it’s probably more dangerous carrying a pot of boiling water outside than it is to just use standard weed killer.

Boiling water makes sense, but one very interesting method that worked out was using ice cubes made of vinegar to clean a garbage disposal. Not only did they clean and rid the disposal of odours, but the ice helped to take build-up off the blades, too.

Check out the link below for more tests — and if you know of any that aren’t mentioned, share them in the comments!

Non-toxic Cleaning: 12 Ways to Use Temperature Instead of Chemicals [Networx]


  • “it’s probably more dangerous carrying a pot of boiling water outside than it is to just use standard weed killer.”

    Um… there’s this new invention, called a kettle. I find it much better for safely and conveniently boiling, then carrying, boiling water to my paving, and pouring it on weeds. I haven’t killed myself doing it yet.

    • True enough. Bear in mind that surprisingly few US households have electric kettles though — coffee maker is more common. Maybe I’ll suggest a pro-kettle post to the US team 🙂

      • That is surprising! So… when they want to make jelly, they boil water on the stove? Actually, come to think of it … in all the US TV shows I can think of whenever anybody makes tea they always use a “whistling” jug on the stove.

        Hrm. Ya learn a new thing every day!

        • As an American now living in Australia I can totally verify this. I’d never even seen an electric kettle until moving to Australia (at age 14) – Now I can’t live without them!

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