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Remove Stubborn Grease with This Old-School Trick

A man washing a greasy pan in a sink.
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There are a lot of old-school cleaning hacks you’ve probably heard about, but not all of them are successful. This one, however, has stood the test of time.

If you’ve never crumpled up some old newspaper to cut through stains on glass, you’re really missing out on a powerful tool.

According to the Huffington Post, newspaper is made of dense fibers that prevent it from scratching glass. Because the fibers are so thickly woven together, there’s no chance for it to leave any lint behind.

To try this trick, just hold your thumb and index finger over a bit of ink for a minute, but make sure it doesn’t stain your fingers. If it does, you cant use it, but if it doesn’t, that means the ink has a soy base and is safe to use. Create an equal mixture of vinegar and water, scrunch up some of that soy-based newspaper, and go to town on those windows.

According to Expert Home Tips, an even lesser-known use of newspaper is prying stubborn grease and baked-on food off your dishes. Just scrunch up some of the newspaper to turn it into a scouring tool. Then, scrub the layer of grease and food until there’s nothing left behind before you run your dishwasher or wash them by hand.

Another popular (and easy) cleaning hack is this three-ingredient cleaner you can make from stuff you already have in the kitchen.

[Via House Digest]
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