Cheap Household Staples That Double As Cleaning Supplies

08 Apr 2022


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We all know how vital it is to keep our homes clean, especially now more so than ever. However, due to the coronavirus stockpiling and self-isolation outbreak, some people have had a difficult time accessing cleaning products. But, fret not, did you know you can clean your home with a few store pantry staples?


It is possible to find items in your house that are just as effective as cleaning supplies. Read on as we reveal some quick cleaning hacks, and products – from baking soda and white vinegar to lemons and salt – that can be used in the home as natural cleaners.


1. Baking soda
Sodium bicarbonate, also commonly known as baking soda, is a versatile pantry item that is used most often in baking. Additionally, it is an excellent tool for general cleaning because it’s abrasive.


Moreover, it is mildly alkaline, so it can be used to neutralize acids (like the smelly butyric and propanoic acids in body odour).



  • Cleaning kitchen surfaces
    • Instead of a commercial chemical spray, you can use baking soda on your kitchen, bathroom and laundry surfaces. It should be applied liberally to your countertops and rubbed with a damp microfiber cloth before wiping off.
  • Unclogging drains. 
    • There is often gunk, hair, and other disgusting bits of glop in drains. To unclog the drain, pour half a cup of baking soda and a dash of vinegar down it. When baking soda reacts with the acetic acid in vinegar, it forms carbon dioxide bubbles. They loosen the grit and grime in the sink.


2. Lemon
The pantry contains many mild acids, such as lemons and cola fizzy drinks, that are useful for cleaning. The low pH and antibacterial properties of lemon juice make it one of the best natural cleaners. Furthermore, lemons smell great and are unlikely to cause damage to what you are cleaning, such as fabric or wood. 



  • Descaling kettles.Kettles that need to be descaled. 
    • Using mild acids, you can clean your kettle of mineral deposits like limescale. Let the kettle sit for an hour with a liberal splash of lemon juice and vinegar. Wipe it with a microfiber cloth after rinsing it out.
  • Getting rid of soap scum. 
    • Lemon juice can also be used to remove soap scum and other alkaline types of stains in the sink. You can use lemon juice to remove soap scum and other alkali stains as well.

Pro-Tip: Copper and brass surfaces should not be cleaned as they can react, causing corrosion in the long run.


3. Olive oil
It’s a well-known fact that oil and water don’t mix. Thus, rubbing oil on wooden surfaces will give them hydrophobic (water-repellent) properties. 



  • Sealing wood. 
    • Chopping boards made of wood are quite porous and absorb food scraps. Using a cloth, lightly grease the board. Additionally, this will help seal the wood and bring out the colour.
  • Cleaning and sealing cast iron. 
    • Cast-iron pans can also be cleaned and sealed with olive oil.


Additionally, these cleaners are environmentally friendly in one way or another. Considering that most of them are foods we eat, they’re pretty safe and won’t damage your household appliances and kitchen equipment.


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