Surprising Green Cleaners Hiding in Your Pantry

Woman inspecting food pantryYou would be amazed at the versatility of some of the items in your pantry!

Did you know that you could remove bathtub mold and mildew with cream of tartar or clean your glass with white vinegar?

Believe it or not, there are many hidden cleaning gems that can be found in your spice cabinet, refrigerator, or food pantry.

Let’s take a look at some other incredible green cleaning items hiding in your pantry.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is the start of your pantry/cleaning cabinet. Just mix it with warm water and it’s an effective all-purpose cleanser.


Cornstarch is effective when cleaning windows, polishing furniture, and shampooing carpets and rugs.

Cream of Tartar

This common baking ingredient shines stainless steel, polishes copper, removes bathtub rings, removes bathtub mold and mildew, cleans porcelain, brightens up your coffee pot, and removes scuff marks from plates and mugs.


French fry’s sidekick can make copper shine by removing tarnish.


Remove grime from your microwave, stains from linens, and shine brass with this citrus super star.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a great furniture polish. It can also remove car grease and paint from hands!


A simple dip in salt will turn this culinary staple to a rust-killing machine! Just half of a potatoe is all you will need to remove rust from baking pans.

Powdered Lemon or Orange Drink

The lack of nutritional value aside, the citric acid in this drink powder will remove rust and stains from your dishwasher.


Who knew that rice could be used as a cleaning agent too? Just take a scoop of uncooked rice grains, mix it with warm water and dish detergent, and use to scrub the hard-to reach spots around the inside of vases.

Table salt

The course texture of table salt can clean stains from butcher block countertops, as well as release stuck-on food from cast-iron skillets.

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is more of a deodorizer than a cleaning agent. Still, if you want to preserve a fresh-smelling refrigerator or remove the stink out of any room, just pour two ounces vanilla extract into a saucer or small bowl and let it sit.


Believe it or not, vodka can be used to deodorize clothes and shine chrome and porcelain fixtures.


Need to hide a scuff or a scratch on your wood furniture? Simply rub it with a walnut with the shell removed to cover the damage.

Now, you don’t have to go further than your pantry to find the perfect green household cleaners!

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