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4 Surprising Uses For Fine Grade Steel Wool

Grab it and get ready to get some projects finished!


From chipping off old varnish to shining intricate woodwork, it's safe to say that steel wool is handy for a variety of household tasks. 

Accidentally created by 19th century mechanics from metal shavings, it has slowly grown into becoming a household staple today because of its versatility. To convince you that there should always be a place in your garage for this underrated tool, we've listed down four unexpected uses that you can try:

Main photos from: AliExpress and Finding My Good Morning.

Age wood instantly 

If you're looking into giving light wash wood a darker finish, all you have to do is combine three to five pieces of steel wool with one part distilled white vinegar. Let it sit together for at least five days then add one part water. Paint this solution onto the wood using a brush and you'll get gray-aged look in minutes. 

RL Tip: If you're painting a big surface such as walls or fences, consider changing your solution ratio. A gallon of vinegar with 8-12 pieces of steel wool works well, too.  

Prevent pest woes 

Whether it's ants and mosquitoes or even fruit flies, we're always looking for ways to keep our home pest-free. An easy hack to keep them from invading your space is packing steel wool into gaps around pipes and holes so they have nowhere to squeeze themselves into. 

Photo from Cherished Bliss

Get rid of build-up on metal dishes 

Buff soap scum, hard water marks, and grease stains off of homeware using fine grade steel wool and a bit of warm water. They'll come out bright and looking brand new in no time. 

RL Tip: Make sure not to use it on stainless steel as it said to speed rusting.  

Prevent drains from clogging

For those who bathe their furry friends in the shower, you can temporarily stuff steel wool in the drain to catch shedding hair. Feel free to change it every after few weeks to keep it clean. 

Photo from AliExpress

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