Baking soda is such a fantastic cleaner and it’s so underutilized!
It can be used to clean up just about any part of the house and it involves absolutely no harmful chemicals, so it’s far better than the shop bought chemical cleaners where you have no idea what you’re really putting down your drain.
It’s also really cost effective, with some bottles of cleaner, you use an entire bottle per task! That is way too much, when you can get a big tub of baking soda and just keep on cleaning.
Here is a list of baking soda cleaning tips to get you started and get your house cleaned!
1. Cleaning Stains On Your Carpet
It depends what sort of stain it is, but baking soda can be really effective at getting stains out of the carpet.
If the stain is greasy then you want to pour a good helping of baking soda over the stain, then steam it with some hot water, from an iron is easiest, and leave it to soak for about three hours.
Then just get out the vacuum and vacuum it up!
If the stain is not greasy then do the exact same things as above, just don’t steam the baking soda, however, leave it overnight and vacuum it up in the morning!
2. Odor Eliminating
This is probably what people use baking soda for the most, since it’s a really great deodorizer.
Just put a cup of baking soda in the refrigerator and any bad smells will gradually disappear over a few days!
The same goes for other places where bad smells can build up. You can sprinkle some into the bottom of your trash can, the bottom of your laundry hamper and even into your shoes!
It just soaks up the smell and gets rid of it.
A good trick for extra nice smells is to drop some lemon or lavender oil in with it.
3. Get Rid of Black Bathroom Mold
Another technique is to make a paste out of baking soda and just a little water which you could sponge along all the grout. Then get a spray bottle and put the secret ingredient in it, vinegar.
Spray the vinegar onto the mold, leave it for a couple of minutes depending on how bad the mold is and sponge clean! You’d be surprised at how well it works.
4. Brighten Up White Laundry
Clothes whiteners can be expensive, but they’re often needed if you’re white shirts have lost their sparkle.
And yet again, baking soda to the rescue!
Sprinkle some baking soda straight into the drum with your clothes and they’ll come out with a lovely white sheen on them.
5. De-Clog Your Drains
It might not work on hair down your bath drain but on your kitchen drain, this is a perfect solution.
Just mix baking soda with a little water and pour about ¾ of a cup down the drain.
Follow that up with about ¼ of a cup of vinegar.
Leave that for half an hour then flush through with water.
6. Clean Your Toilet
Baking soda is ideal for getting rid of any hard water stains in the toilet, you just want to add about a cup of vinegar straight into the bowl and swirl it around with the toilet brush.
Then add a couple sprinkles of baking soda, making sure to put it around the bowl and in the water.
Follow that up with another cup or two of vinegar and scrub the bowl. Then just let it sit for about an hour, give it a final scrub and flush it all away!
7. Cleaning A Dirty Grill
Grills can be a real pain to clean, especially if it’s been sitting unloved all winter.
But it doesn’t have to be a chore; either sprinkle it with baking soda or sprinkle your brush with baking soda and get cleaning! The dirt should lift off with no trouble at all. If not, get some vinegar on there too, the perfect partner for those tough spots!
8. Discourage Weeds
Finally, let’s start discouraging weeds before they even get a chance to grow.
You can just pour baking soda straight into the cracks of your paving slabs and it will help prevent weeds from growing there!
If it rains a lot it might not work as well since it’ll all get washed away but it’s a lot more environmentally friendly than using weedkiller.
I hope you enjoyed these tips and have taken something away that you can use in your cleaning routine. Baking soda is so effective, so cheap, and so good for the environment that there is no excuse for not at least trying it.
Bio – Tony Vox is a cleaning enthusiast (yes it is a thing) and he writes all about household appliances at appliancehunter.co.uk and when he’s not cleaning you can normally find him nose deep in a book at a local coffee shop.
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