Household Cleaning Products Living in the Pantry

Food Items as the Best Cleaners

Four staples in the pantry live a secret life as the best cleaners as well.  Experience the inexpensive cleaning solutions starring lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda, and salt.

Lemon Juice as a Cleaning Solution

Remove fingerprints from a wall with a simple solution of 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon 20 Mule Team Borax, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 3 teaspoons dishwashing liquid, and 2 cups hot water.  Shake together in a plastic spray bottle.  Be certain and label the bottle.

Polish furniture with a simple solution of 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/Lemonade2 cup vegetable oil.  Keep out of sunlight in a glass jar with lid.

Clean a glass tabletop with a few drops of lemon juice rubbed on with a paper towel or soft white cloth.  Polish using a lint free cloth or  a crumbled up piece of newspaper.

Clean glass to a sparking shine with  1  1/2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/4 cup isopropyl rubbing alcohol, and 1/8 teaspoon dishwashing liquid.  Store in a labeled plastic spray bottle.  If a blue tint is desirable,  merely add a drop of blue food coloring.

Clean that silver to a sparkle with a mixture of 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/2 cup instant  dry milk, and 1 1/2 cups water.  Place silver in a bowl covered with the solution.  Let sit overnight.  Rinse and dry thoroughly.

Clean sinks with  lemon juice and salt, mixed to the consistency of toothpaste.

Clean and deodorize a cutting board by rubbing it with a bit of lemon juice to get rid of strong food odors such as onion, garlic, or fish smells.

Clean spills on stove tops and ovens  with  lemon juice, water, and baking soda mixed into a thick paste.  Apply mixture to stain and let sit for about 20 to 30 minutes.  Scrub off with a plastic scrubber.  Rinse.

Vinegar as a Cleaning Solution

Vinegar is an all time favorite pantry cleaning item.  The possibilities are almost limitless on this one! Use white distilled vinegar.

To clean a microwave to squeaky clean status, heat 1/4 vinegar and 1 cup water until steam from the mixture is seen in the oven.  Let it sit with the door closed for five distilled white vinegarminutes.  Wipe down the sides of the oven.  Be cautious in removing the bowl with the water as it will still be hot. 

Remove mineral deposits from a shower head with a solution of 1 cup vinegar and 2 quarts water.  Remove shower head and soak it in solution for 20-30 minutes.

Dissolve a bathtub ring by soaking paper towels or soft white cloths in vinegar.  Place the towels directly  on the ring.  Once the towels dry out, spray the tub with full strength vinegar and scrub with plastic scrubber. 

Clean a toilet by pouring 2 cups vinegar into toilet  and letting it sit overnight or all day.  Brush sides of toilet or use a pumice stone .  Flush  Hard water stains are kept away with this simple procedure.

Carpet stains of chocolate, coffee or cola dissolve easily with 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water.  Sponge on the mixture and blot with white towel until stain is gone.

Clean tile and laminate floors with a simple solution of 1 part vinegar, 1 part isopropyl rubbing alcohol, 1 part water, and 3 drops dishwashing liquid. 

Polish wood furniture with a mixture of 1/2 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil and 1/4 cup vinegar.  Label the mixture into a clean, resealable jar and label.

Clean piano keys by rubbing with vinegar on a soft white cloth. A cotton swab helps on the tight spots.

Remove  film on glasses by soaking them overnight in equal parts of water and vinegar.

Clean telephone with vinegar applied with cotton swabs.  Do not saturate.

Baking Soda as a Cleaning Solution

Clean blinds by mixing 3/4-1 cup baking soda in a tub of warm water.  Soak blinds for 30 minutes.  Rinse and wipe clean. This works well with metal blinds.  Wiping down blinds with the solution works  for wood blinds.baking soda(76438)

Replace common all-purpose commercial cleaners with  1 teaspoon 20 Mule Team Borax, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon dishwashing liquid, and 3 cups hot water.  Mix well in a spray bottle and label. 

Remove crayon marks from a wall with a sponge or white cloth  dipped in baking soda

Dissolve greasy buildup on countertops, stovetops, tiles, and backsplashes with a mixture of 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup vinetar, 1 cup ammonia, and 1 gallon hot water.  Use in a well ventilated area and be sure to wear rubber gloves.

Clean the inside of a microwave with a little baking soda on a damp sponge or cloth. 

Prevent clogs and deodorize drains with a mixture of 1/2 cup baking soda poured down the drain.  Follow with 1-1 1/2 cup vinegar.  After foaming stops, run hot water down the drain.  Garbage disposals appreciate the same treatment!

Prevent bathtub ring by adding 4 tablespoons baking powder to a tub full of bath water. 

Remove stubborn toilet stains by dipping a pumice stone in baking soda and lightly scrubbing bowl sides.

To freshen carpets, periodically sprinkle them with a light amount of baking soda. Let the powder work its magic after night and vacuüm.

Salt as a Cleaning Solution

Remove coffee and tea stains from cups or dishes by rubbing area stained with salt and a little water.

Remove silver tarnish by rubbing pieces with salt.

To clear grease deposits in a sink and drain, pour 1 cup salt and 2 cups hot water down the drain. salt(76435)

Remove coffee stains and mineral buildup from a glass pot by pouring in 1 cup  crushed ice, 1 tablespoon water, and 4 teaspoons salt.  Be sure the pot is at room temperature first. 

Remove grease stains from a rug with a mixture of 1 part salt and 5 parts isopropyl rubbing alcohol.

Clean up red wine spills by first sprinkling salt on the area.  Larger Kosher salt works best. After letting the stain sit for 15 minutes, use 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water to clean the area.  Blot with a white towel or cloth.

Remove a stubborn water mark or stain from a wood table by using a mixture of salt and vegetable oil.  Apply the mixture.  Buff with a soft white cloth.

Save time and money by using pantry items as household cleaners.  Enjoy the possibilities!