Save by Using Kitchen Staples Throughout the House

Over the years I have heard many stories including old wives tales about household staples to perform a myriad of tasks around the home. Lately, it seems that my daily readings and encounters have brought me back to some of the same old home remedies. But rather than discarding them all as being inexpensive or over the top, I am embracing them to help me save money around my home. Here are just a few that you should consider trying. I’ve tried a couple of them but have a ways to go on the others.

Baking Soda

From time to time, my dishwasher disposal starts to smell. One of my tried and true remedies to eliminate the odor is to pour about a cup of baking soda followed by about a cup of vinegar down the drain. I let this sit for about ten minutes and follow it up with a small sauce pot filled with boiling water. And just like magic the odor disappears.
Baking soda can also be added to the wash to freshen your laundry.

Another use for baking soda, one that I haven’t tried, is as a hair cleanser. Add a little to your favorite shampoo or just plain water for a squeaky clean scalp.


White distilled vinegar is good for cleaning throughout the home. You can use it to clean and shine hardwood floors. All you need to do is add one or two capfuls to a gallon of water and that’s it. You could also place diluted vinegar in a spray bottle and use it to clean and disinfect countertops, insides of refrigerators, microwaves, and other appliances. Mirrors, glass doors, chrome faucets and similar surfaces can also be cleaned with a vinegar and water solution.

Diluted apple cider vinegar is also good for weight loss. If you do decide to use apple cider vinegar as a part of your diet, please consult with a physician prior to doing so.

Apple cider vinegar can be used for the hair. It can be used to rid the hair of dandruff and eliminate product buildup.

Olive Oil

Like baking soda and vinegar, there are many household and personal uses for olive oil. Olive oil can be used to keep the skin moisturized. It can also be used to provide moisture to the hair. Lastly, olive oil can be used to remove sticky tags from objects. Just swap the tag with the oil and let it sit for a few moments. Come back with a small knife, like a butter knife, and watch the tag come off with little to no effort.

There are many kitchen essentials that can be used time and time again in different ways around the house. From parents with small children who are looking for more natural products to clean their homes to those on a tight budget looking to reduce the amount of money spent on cleaning supplies, these four staples are an excellent starting point to achieve just that. You can learn more about other kitchen essentials that perform multiple duties by conducting a search online or visiting your local library for a book on home remedies.

Michelle Sharrow

Michelle P. Sharrow, MBA author and editor of Family Finance, is based in Waldorf, Maryland, she holds a Masters Degree with a concentration in Finance. Michelle provides a monthly column on ways to help families maintain their finances and stick to a budget titled, Budgeting and Savings for Families.
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