Cleaning With Pantry Items: Minute Cleaning Hacks

If you’re anything like we are, you open up the cabinet containing your cleaning supplies and an assortment of bottles come tumbling out. Everything for floor cleaner and window cleaner to all purpose cleaner. In today’s Clean With Pantry Items Edition: Minute Cleaning Hacks we will be sharing some of our favorite everyday items that you may already have in your own pantry.

Cleaning With Pantry Items

You already know how we feel about Vinegar & Baking Soda. With these two pantry staples, no cleaning job is too big. Today we are going deep into the back of your pantry and even the refrigerator to use some rarely used items.


Salt can be used successfully on its own as a scrubbing agent for scouring pots, pans and cooking surfaces. Use salt in a baking soda paste to clean stain wooden surfaces or combine salt with vegetable oil to remove beverage rings from your wooden tables. Cleaning with salt will require a little elbow grease but the eco-friendly nature makes the tradeoff worth it.


One of the most powerful grease busters on today’s list is the Lemon. Lemon can be used to remove grease on your stove & appliances. Then turn your attention to the dishes where a little lemon juice added to your hot soapy water will cut the grease and make quick work of the task. Whites looking a little dingy, simmer a few lemons & water with your items to lighten them up. Make a paste using lemon juice & baking soda to help whiten up the grout on your tile surfaces.


You may be thinking to yourself, “Now we’re talking, let’s get to the drinking”. Not so fast! That spirit used in many yummy cocktails also makes a decent air freshener. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a spray bottle filled with vodka, then spray on your sofa or pillows for an instance refresh.

Cream of Tartar

Cream of Tartar can be found in the spice aisle at your local grocery store. It can be used to get stains off of your coffee cups & remove stains from your containers. Just make a paste using a little water, apply to the stained surface and let it sit a little; then scrub, rinse & dry.


Copper surfaces seen better days? Use plain yogurt to completely coat your copper surface, after 30 minutes the yogurt will turn a green hue. Wipe down with an old cloth and admire your work.

All The Bits & Bobs

There are so many wonderful items & tips that could be added to this list so we’ll leave you with a few more of our favorites.

  • Sprinkle your mattress with baking soda, rub it in, let it sit, and then vacuum it up.
  • Olive oil can repair scratches, restore color, and add luster to worn-out leather furniture. Using a little oil on a soft cloth and gently rub it in.
  • Rubbing alcohol for spot-cleaning greasy spills like makeup or lotion on rugs.
  • Ketchup is another fantastic copper cleaner. Just rub it on, rinse & dry.

Now that we’ve cleaned out the pantry & tackled some of the tough stains in our home, it’s time for a little relaxation. Hope you enjoyed Clean With Pantry Items Edition: Minute Cleaning Hacks. If you are still unsure why not let us help. Maid in a Minute Residential and Commercial Cleaning Service has packages that work with your needs and budget. If you need a few more MINUTES in your day, let us take care of the cleaning for you! Visit our ONLINE BOOKING page to schedule your appointment now! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram & like us on Facebook!

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