You already know that vinegar and baking soda have numerous household uses, but what about the rest of your pantry? Your cabinets are probably stocked with products that can help you get your home clean and sparkling, and you may not even know it.
To get your home in tip-top condition, just turn to your kitchen cabinets and you’ll find many of the ingredients you need for your next major cleaning endeavor.
Here are 11 that will probably come in handy…
Clean Copper with Ketchup
If you’ve got brass or copper details or items in your home (even jewelry) you can buff away tarnish and get them shiny and good as new with the help of some ketchup. For smaller items, you can cover them in ketchup in a dish, and for larger items, use a toothbrush to apply, then rinse.
Take On Hard-to-Clean Glassware with Rice
If you’ve ever tried to clean out a narrow vase or glass, you know how much of a challenge it can be. But a little uncooked rice can actually go a long way, especially when combined with water, vinegar and dish soap—swirl it around in the glassware you need to clean, and according to Real Simple, it’ll get the hard to reach spots for you.
Take Out Grease Spots with Corn Starch
Next time you find yourself dealing with a grease stain—even if it’s an older stain that you think there’s no hope for—try covering it in a coat of corn starch and letting it sit for at least an hour before you wipe it off with a damp sponge. According to Esquire, it can take out even the tough stains.
Get Out Grass Stains with Sugar
You bake with it, you put it in your coffee, and you… can use it to do your laundry? It may seem surprising, but sugar can help cut grass stains. According to a video from HouseholdHacker (via LifeHacker) sugar contains enzymes that can break down the chlorophyll in grass stains. Make a paste out of sugar and water and let it sit on the stain for 30 minutes before washing. Read more