As one of the most used rooms in the house, the kitchen often becomes the gathering place for friends and family. To have that warm welcoming feeling takes daily effort as you work to keep this popular room clean. Here are a few unusual cleaning tips to help give your kitchen a touch of extra shine.

1. Ketchup as Polish

It may sound a little strange at first, but ketchup can effectively remove tarnish from brass or copper. The acidity of the tomatoes takes care of discolored areas in seconds. All you have to do is put a small amount of ketchup on a cloth and rub it onto the discolored area. Once you buff, rinse, and dry, you’ll be able to see your own reflection.

2. Fridge Odors? Try Vanilla.

The fridge can be a breeding ground for strange odors. The next time you wipe down the inside try adding a vanilla to the cloth. Your fridge will smell like vanilla aroma instead of last night’s dinner.

3. Wipe Up Glass with Bread

One dropped drinking glass can spread shattered pieces far and wide across your countertops and kitchen floors. Instead of using a cloth or paper towels, try something out of the pantry. Packaged bread makes a surprisingly good sponge for picking up broken glass. Simply place the bread on top of the glass and press. Even the smallest of pieces will stick to the bread.

4. Club Soda in the Sink

Over time, stainless steel sinks become scuffed and lose their luster. Club soda is a quick and easy fix. Pour it onto a cloth or directly in the sink, then buff and rinse. Your stainless steel will look and shine like new.

5. Freshen Up the Microwave with Water and Lemon

The microwave is another area where food and odors buildup. To loosen cooked on food, fill a bowl with lemon juice and water and heat it in the microwave for one to two minutes. The steam will loosen the food while the lemon deodorizes and leaves a fresh scent.

6. Keep Storage Containers Clean

Tomato sauces, curries, and other colorful sauces can leave plastic storage containers stained and discolored. You can stop stains before they begin by spraying containers with cooking spray before you put food inside. The spray acts as a barrier between the food and the sides of the container and prevents the stains from starting.

7. Rub It with Rhubarb

Rhubarb isn’t just for jams and pies. Rub rhubarb stalks on the exterior of cooking pots to remove stains. For interior burn marks, boil the stalks in the pot to loosen and remove marks and stains. The acids break up the stains and make them easier to remove.

8. Blend It to Cleaning Perfection

Blenders are notorious for being difficult to clean. It’s easy to cut yourself on the blades while washing them in the sink and some components are too delicate for the dishwasher. A quick way to reach all the nooks and crannies of your blender is to immediately add water and dish soap to the base and turn the blender back on after you’re done preparing food. The liquid will reach everywhere the food did and will save you time cleaning.

The next time a glass breaks or your favorite pot starts to tarnish don’t fret. You’ve got a few unusual cleaning methods up your sleeves that can help you tackle anything that comes your way.