In our household we have focused on reducing the number of toxic ingredients in our cleaning products when possible. We first found vinegar and then next we found baking soda. Baking soda is my second favorite cleaning ingredient next to vinegar. Vinegar and baking soda can often times be utilized together for cleaning.
Baking soda has three great features that many people are not aware of in relation to baking soda being a cleaning product.
First, it is non-toxic. Yes, if you consume large amounts it might make you feel uncomfortable but it is not poisonous. Secondly, it is multi-purpose. There are multiple ways in which baking soda can be utilized as a household cleaner. Thirdly, it is cheap. The cost of baking soda in comparison of the cost of the cost of cleaning products then the baking soda is the cheaper item. Then when you purchase the baking soda in bulk or using coupons it is a lot less expensive.
Baking soda, also known as bicarbonate of soda, is a naturally occurring material, present in most organic life forms. The name baking soda suggests that it can be utilized for cooking. In addition it can be used medicinally and cleaning.
1. Sprinkle surfaces with baking soda. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the surface. Rinse cloth and wipe down.
2. Keep an opened box of baking soda in the refrigerator, freezer and/or cupboard will keep away unpleasant odors.
3. Keep an opened box of baking soda under the sink to repel ants.
4. Make fluffier scrambled eggs by adding 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda for every three eggs.
5. Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the garbage can and then sprinkle again after you put a new bag in.
6. Use a combination of hot water and baking soda in food containers and allow them to soak overnight to get rid of persistent smells.
7. To remove burnt on food in the bottom of pots, sprinkle with baking soda, then add hot water. Let it soak overnight. The burnt food will come loose much more easily.
8. To create a baking soda paste use three parts baking soda and one part water. A baking soda past can be used to remove stubborn stains from most surfaces. Apply, let stand, then scrub and wipe clean. Always use a clean rag.
9. To remove scents from carpet, sprinkle with baking soda. Let stand for at least fifteen minutes, then vacuum. Repeat as necessary.
10. Mix baking soda in the litterbox to help prevent odors.
11. Hairbrushes and combs can be cleaned in a baking soda solution.
12. Sprinkle baking soda on scuff marks or grease spills on the floor and then wipe with a warm damp cloth.
13. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your laundry to whiten your whites.
14. Clean grout with a mixture of baking soda and warm water. Don't forget to use a scrub brush.
15. Keep your shoes fresh by sprinkling baking soda inside them. You can use baking soda inside hiking boots, athletic shoes, dress shoes, etc.
16. Scrub floors with a baking soda paste and warm water.
17. Silver can be cleaned by using a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water. Rub the paste onto each item, then rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.
18. To remove marks off the walls use baking soda and warm water.
19. Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda down the drains followed with hot water each week. This is said to help reduce the risks of clogged drains.
20. Clean toys by using 1/4 cup of baking soda in 1 quart of warm water. Place the toys in this mixture or wipe the toys down with a dampened cloth then rinse with clear water.
21. When your pet comes inside and is wet then sprinkle them with baking soda. Brush out their fur. It will quickly clean them and remove the wet dog smell.
22. Replace half of your measured laundry detergent with baking soda to keep clothing fresh.
23. If an item is spilled the following will help reduce the change for odors to remain. Blot as much as possible. Clean as you normally would. When finished, sprinkle with baking soda. Wait 15 to 30 minutes then vacuum. This will decrease the change that some of the spilled item will remain in the carpet and cause unpleasant odors later.
24. To remove grease stains, either add baking soda to the wash load or pretreat the stains with a baking soda paste.
25. Sprinkle baking soda on grease spills to help clean it up.
26. Clean your lawn furniture with a rinse of 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 quart of warm water.
Baking soda can be used in so many ways. What are some of your favorite uses?