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!