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What if you learned that five of the most effective household cleaning solutions were located in your own kitchen? Well, chances are you have a few or all of these surprising cleaning remedies. What might otherwise seem like items reserved for the mixing bowl may actually be some of the best ways to help you maintain a clean home.

Cleaning Solution Tips


Although vinegar is normally used to make food tastier and tangier, it can also be used as a natural cleaning agent that can help with anything from the removal of stains to the elimination of stinky odors. Want to remove a stinky household smell? No problem! Simply create a solution that is equal parts vinegar and water, and keep the solution in the stinky area for one night. This remedy is so powerful that most smells will be gone by the next morning.

In addition, vinegar can be used to clean stained glass by applying a small amount of it to the surface and rubbing the area with a soft cloth.

cleaningBaking Soda

Who could imagine that the ingredient you put in your cake to make it soft but firm can actually be used to do a lot more than baking? Surprisingly, baking soda can help you keep your home clean and smelling fresh. Ran out of laundry detergent? Do not panic or run to the store! Simply use baking soda as a scrub, and see how it works its magic.

An area like your refrigerator can become stinky over time, but a natural deodorizer like baking soda is the perfect remedy. All it takes is scooping a small amount of baking soda into a bowl and leaving it there. In no time, smelly odors will disappear.


Another thing on our list of cleaning supplies that is sure to surprise you is rice. This pantry staple can help with some of the most unique cleaning tasks. For instance, if you want to clean a vase or a bottle, pour some hot water and a few rice grains into the container and shake it vigorously. This helps thoroughly clean the hard-to-reach crevices of these items.

Need a fresh cup of Joe? Your coffee grinder may need to be cleaned. If this is the case, pour uncooked rice grains almost up to brim of this container and turn on the coffee grinder’s blades. After a few minutes, turn the machine off and see how the rice has coated itself in the coffee residue, cleaning the coffee grinder completely.


Tea is another unlikely natural cleaning solution. Next time you make a pot of tea save the leftovers and put them to good use. Green tea leaves are very useful in getting rid of smells. If these leaves are kept somewhere for a short period of time, they can actually soak in all of the pungent smells.

It gets better, though. To clean a microwave, rub it with a cloth soaked in boiled green tea, and you will see it sparkle, free from all stains and smells.

White Bread

If you are stuck with leftover, stale bread, don’t dump it in the trash bin; use it to clean household messes. Have an expensive painting that is covered in dust? In this case, simply rub the painting with some bread and watch all the dirt disappear onto your slice, making your painting looking as good as new!

What to do about shattered glass? If you are trying to collect shattered glass, but you can’t be sure you are not missing any shards, just dab the area with a piece of bread. In no time, you will see how it collects all of the glass pieces that are otherwise unnoticeable to the naked eye.

Now that we have provided you with some tips about how you can repurpose pantry items, using them as effective cleaning supplies, you can integrate them into your regular cleaning routine. You’ll see results immediately!

To learn other ways McGeorge Brothers ChemDry of Kansas City can help with your cleaning needs, contact us at (816) 533-4377 today.