You can easily buy eco-friendly cleaners that work well and that are safe for your family. However, there’s no need to spend money on said cleaners when you can just as easily, and inexpensively clean your entire house with items most people have on hand in their kitchen pantry.
Baking soda & lemon: Grab some baking soda, sprinkle it in your tubs, sinks and toilets. Drizzle a fresh lemon, or other citrus fruit over the baking soda and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes. Scrub down with some plain old water for a sparkling shine.
White vinegar: I hate the smell of vinegar, but it’s hard to deny that vinegar is a powerhouse cleaner. White vinegar can break up deposits on your shower head and improve weak water pressure if you soak the shower head in it. Vinegar cut with water is awesome at cleaning windows and other glass. Vinegar is also a great way to clean your coffee maker. Simply run a pot full of vinegar through your machine a couple of times (the same vinegar) and follow with a clean water rinse or two.
*TIP – if, like me, you HATE the smell of vinegar, you can add a few drops of essential oil to it. Say for window cleaning – add a few drops of lavender essential oil. It cuts the scent a bit.
Table salt: Sprinkle plain old table salt on hot oven spills. Wait for the salt to cool and the mess should wipe away easily with a wet cloth. Rust can also be removed with salt. Just mix 2 tablespoons of salt with 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Apply to anything rusty and rub really well.
Cream of tarter: This seemingly common baking ingredient will remove stains from aluminum cookware. Fill a stained pot with water. Mix in 2 tablespoons (give or take per quart/H2O) of cream of tarter. Bring the pot to a boil. Cut the heat. Simmer for 30 minutes. Pour out the water and wash the pot like normal.
Spices: To get rid of gross fish smells in the over, sprinkle an old pie plate with cinnamon and nutmeg, then squeeze some fresh orange juice over the spices. Place the pie plate in the warm oven and leave it there as the oven cools. This smells much better than chemical air fresheners and is perfectly safe.
Got any more tips about how to clean your home, using basic kitchen pantry items? Share in the comments…