15 Ketchup Cleaning Hacks and Tricks Worth Trying



ketchup for cleaning! Are you out of your mind? Those are the first words you may say when you see the title of this article. Surprisingly, the last time I checked, I was pretty sound and those were the exact words that came from my mouth. What ends my frightful curiosity is digging deeper to see why ketchup could be used as a cleaning product. Here are 15 epic ketchup-cleaning hacks that’ll save your day. Check it out!


(1)  One of the base products in ketchup is vinegar. Vinegar is great for cleaning and has acidic components that can break away residues while still being a natural cleaner.


(2) Ketchup goes back to my grandfather’s days in the war. Ketchup was even used as a shaving cream by the soldiers then, and how groomed they were.



(3 ) The whole idea of cleaning with ketchup makes sense, as I now know that vinegar, which is my favorite cleaning product, is also found in ketchup.

I am not a scientist so I can’t go further into all the other amazing benefits of ketchup. All I can say is that the cleaning benefits of ketchup really work and soon you will be saying it too.


Make a Ketchup IcePack



Those little packs of nice-tasting ketchup we get at fast-food restaurants are not just for food. They make a great ice pack once placed in the freezer.


Remove Burnt-on Food

Another way to use ketchup is for burnt food stains. If you’re trying to get rid of those stubborn stains on your pots and pans, just use ketchup. This may even save you a lot of scrubbing time.

Simply cover the burnt-on food with ketchup. Allow it to sit overnight. Why, you may ask? Ketchup has acids in it and as you know, acid is famous for breaking down tough things.

A  few drops of ketchup will release the grip of the burnt food on your pots and pans. Only these acids found in ketchup are okay for eating. After scrubbing, wash as you normally do.


Works Magic on Copper



Copper, who would have ever known that ketchup could do this? Copper is a well-known household product that has a lot of health benefits. They are just safe to use.

However, copper is easily corroded. You will need a safe cleaner for your healthy copper cookware. The answer and solution to that is nothing but ketchup.

Cover the copperware with ketchup and use a sponge to scrub. Wash and rinse when you’re done, and dry well. This will bring back that glow to your copper.


Get Rid of Skunk Smell


Just the name scares me! I simply detest the stench they release, even when I want to pet them. Because of my never-ending love for my stinky friends, I had to find something that would not make me smell like they do.

My solution was ketchup or tomato sauce. If you are sprayed by a skunk, take a bath with ketchup. Make sure to rub it all over your body. This will remove the horrible smell.


Shines Your Car Rims



This is quite surprising but ketchup actually removes dirt and hard mud from car rims. Apply the ketchup where the dirt and mud have accumulated.

Allow yourself to sit for a few minutes. This way, you will be giving the ketchup time to loosen the sediments. When the time is up, rinse the rims with warm water. Use a sheet of newspaper to shine and you’re done.


Remove Dog Smell from Clothes


Pet owners, this one is for you. I know how much Pete likes to jump on you and lick you all over. The drool just keeps coming, as if it’s poring drool. At the end of the playdate, your clothes will not smell like they should.

Here is how to remove the smell of your pup from your clothes. Rub the particular clothing with ketchup. Allow soaking for 10 minutes. Toss it in the washer and wash with your regular laundry detergent.


Alternative Shaving Cream

Out of shaving cream? Do not worry; a bottle of ketchup must be hanging around somewhere in the kitchen. This may sound a little cliche but who knows?

Ketchup has been known to have many health benefits, such as anti-aging qualities so rubbing it all over your face may not be so appalling after all.


De-Rust and Clean Garden Tools

I don’t have a garden at the moment but what I do know is that the cost of garden tool cleaners can be expensive. Do they do an exceptionally good job? I really can’t say.

Look at this unique way of cutting out the extra spending—how about a bottle of ketchup? Yep, that’s all you’ll need to keep your garden tools in good order. Simply apply, wait for a few minutes, and rinse.


Brightens and Clean Siver Jewelry



The process of cleaning your silver jewelry is not as hard as it was years ago. In modern times, all you need to make your silver jewelry sparkle is a few wipes with ketchup.

Constant exposure to the sun and air can darken the color of silver, making it dull. You may say, then why not just take it to a cleaner?

Good question, but the layer that they will lay on it to restore the shine only lessens the lifespan of your silver. Ketchup is a natural cleaner that will do all that, except for the damage aspect. You can now keep your silver jewelry for years.


Cleans Stainless Steel Cookware



Just like copper, your stainless steel appliances will and can become tarnished at some point. When this happens or to prevent it from happening. Simply clean with ketchup.

As you do with copper. Rub the ketchup all over the stainless steel. Continue to rub with a damp cloth. Repeat the process with another clean, damp cloth. You can also use a sheet of paper towel at this point.


Clean Foggy Car Lights



Another way to clean your car’s headlamp is with ketchup. Headlamps get unavoidably dusty and muddy. This can make driving difficult, especially at night. If this should happen, stop at the nearest gas station for a bottle of ketchup.

Dab on a soft cloth and wipe the lamp. When you are done, use another clean cloth to wipe the lamp. This should have you ready for the road again.


Makes Your Silver Utensils Glow


Your old silver utensils are not done yet. Never mind that they appear to be a hundred years old; that’s just the punishment of usage, dust, and heat.

Your silver can be cleaned with just ketchup. Using an old toothbrush. Squeeze a little ketchup on the brush, then brush the utensils. Rinse when you’re through and replace your silver utensils where they belong.


Clean and Restore Brass



Revive your brass doorknobs and even your rusty saxophone with ketchup. Soak a sheet of paper towel in ketchup and rub it on the brass. Rinse with a clean, damp cloth.


Removes smell and Stains from the toilet


Before you scream, remember what ketchup is made of. Yep, it’s vinegar and vinegar is a cleaning product.  When you need a go-to product for your toilet, try this.

Pour 1/4 cup of ketchup into the toilet. Swish around with a toilet brush. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then flush. Flush twice to reveal a wonderfully refreshing aroma coming from your toilet.

This is great for disguising the smell of urine, which is an issue for most bathrooms. This is the perfect tip to know for when you need it the most. You may never know.

How about ketchup for cleaning? Thanks for stopping by; see you next time.