<p>White vinegar, baking soda, kosher salt -- so many pantry staples can pull double-duty as household cleaners. Once you give these ingredients a try as a stand-in for a cleaner, you'll be looking at your pantry ingredients in a whole new light!</p>
Soap scum, stains, odors, and other common cleaning conundrums can be remedied with five household ingredients you already have in your pantry. Clean your entire home frugally with the same ingredients you cook with!
Your house doesn't have to smell like a pickle when you clean with vinegar. Add essential oils to your concoction or make your own scented vinegar with citrus to cut the smell. Regardless of where you stand on the smell, vinegar is an excellent household cleaner.
Grab that big blue box of kosher salt next time you need a little muscle behind your cleaning. It's great for cleaning stuck-on food from pots, pans, and stove accessories. Mix it with a little water to make a paste, apply, scrub, and rinse clean.
That little orange box in your pantry can do so much more than help your banana bread rise or make your child's science fair volcano explode. There isn't a room in your house that this cleaning workhorse can't contribute to. Baking soda is a remarkable cleaning solution for tasks like removing baked-on food, freshening up your home's stinky areas, and polishing your sink. Check out your favorite warehouse store for oversize bags of baking soda -- it's a great way to save money on this versatile ingredient.
Cream of tartar isn't just for stabilizing egg whites and adding to sugar cookies. Use this baking staple with a little water, lemon juice, or -- if you need to whiten -- hydrogen peroxide. Simply use a tablespoon or two and mix with your desired liquid to make a paste.
Lemons and lemon juice aren't just for cooking and lemonade -- they have some excellent cleaning properties, too. The next time you have a couple on hand see how you can put them to use cleaning.