If you’ve got a bottle of methylated spirits knocking about the house, you might be surprised to learn that its uses are actually wide and varied. As it is made from mostly natural ingredients it can be much more environmentally friendly than standard cleaning products.

1. Glass

Make your own window and glass cleaner by mixing half methylated spirits and half water. It can remove build-up that everyday cleaners can’t.

2. Paint brushes

It’s hard to remove paint from your brushes with just warm soapy water. Instead, just place the brushes in methylated spirits for a few hours and then rinse.

3. Stains

Oil based stains such as lipstick can be a pain to remove from clothing. By simply dabbing with methylated spirits and then placing in a cold wash, you’ll be well on your way to getting rid of them. You can also use the same method for pen marks, texta and even grass stains on clothes.

4. Marking pens

If you’ve accidentally used permanent marker on your white board, you can easily remove it with methylated spirits on a cloth.

5. Stickers

Get rid of stickers from mirrors and glass by simply rubbing on some methylated spirits.

6. Toys

Give plastic toys a once over with methylated spirits to bring them back to life. It will even work on metal parts of toys such as guitar strings or xylophones.

What else would you add to the list? Share your tips with us in the comments below.

This article was written in partnership with Over60.