15 Ways to Clean with Baking Soda
Cleaning our house is a never-ending chore. We do it every day, yet, we can never seem to keep it maintained. Good thing there are tools and equipment that we can use to make our job a bit easier. Yet, it's hard to find methods that are both natural, as well as effective. Is that possible? With baking soda, everything is possible!
Baking soda can do a lot more than you think. It has the power to freshen your home, as it's a great natural deodorizer. This is a real cleaning powerhouse that can remove stains, grease, and seemingly countless spots. It’s also a super effective abrasive that is very helpful in all sorts of cleaning.
So if you are ready to start cleaning your house, grab a box of baking soda, and try these easy cleaning tips.
⦁ Shampoo and Conditioner Alternative
People are claiming to find success in using baking soda to replace shampoo or conditioner. Add 1 to 2 teaspoon of baking soda in a 1 to 2 cup of water and massage it into your scalp just like using any other shampoo. After you rinse it, combine ½ cup of baking soda into a cup of conditioner.
You can also use it as a rinse by diluting ½ cup of baking soda into a cup of warm water.
Due to baking soda's high pH level, some people may find it drying. If this is the case, you may find it beneficial to apply an oil afterwards, such as coconut or argan.
⦁ Oral Appliances Cleaner
Oral appliances such as braces, retainers, dentures, and mouthpieces need cleaning. Combine 2 teaspoons of baking soda into a cup of water and soak or brush the oral appliances. This way, the food particles that got stuck can be easily removed while removing unwanted odors.
⦁ Hair Brush Cleaner
We use hairbrush every day and a lot of debris like dirt, dandruff, dead skin cells, and oil sticks to it. A teaspoon of baking soda and water can help clean your brush. Wash it weekly to avoid nasty stuff in your hair.
⦁ Whitens Clothes
Mixing baking soda and any laundry detergent can make your white clothes even whiter, or bring out the color for other fabrics. Just add half a cup of baking soda in your washing machine then you are good to go.
⦁ Unclog Kitchen Drains
Unclogging drains is a very stressful job. It requires a lot of hard works and effort to get it done, that sometimes we end up calling professional help from a plumber. Good thing that baking soda is a quick remedy. Just pour boiling water down the drain, then a half cup of baking soda to follow, let it sit for a while. And then, a mixture of vinegar and water to pour on the drain, and leave it for about 10 minutes. The combination of the three elements loosens up the sludge that builds up and flushing them off.
⦁ Bathroom Scrub
Bathroom cleaners tend to be harmful to our health. It contains toxins that have a very strong scent which causes nauseous experience. A great alternative is a baking soda, pour some powder into your brush and scrub the tiles, bowl, sink, etc. Let it sit for a couple of minutes to achieve a whiter and cleaner bathroom.
⦁ Carpet Cleaner
Carpet easily catches every type of dirt, from dust, sand, pet fur, liquid drips, and food droppings. When it sits on the carpet for a long time, it creates a bad odor. To freshen up your carpet, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda and then vacuum it after. It absorbs any dirt and deodorizes the carpet as well.
⦁ Freshen Shoes
Multiple bacteria that lives in a damp sweaty environment like shoes can have smelly issues. To eliminate the smell, mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, and 5 drops of essential oil. Then sprinkle it on your shoes and sit for overnight. The bad smell, dampness, and sweatiness will all disappear.
⦁ Paint and Corrosion Remover
Soak the piece of metal that has paint or corrosion into a boiling water with baking soda. If the metal is too large to soak in the use a rag and damp the mixture over it. Watch as the paint and corrosion comes off.
⦁ Oven Cleaner
Using chemical cleaners can be dangerous to use on some kitchen equipment. We cook our food using those and knowing that there are elements that can harm us is a bit scary. Instead of using harmful cleaners, just sprinkle baking soda along with vinegar over the grills, and scrub it after 30 minutes to remove the grease.
⦁ Microwave Cleaner
Same with the oven, a mixture of water and baking soda is what you need but with a different process. Instead of spraying the mixture, pour two tablespoons of baking soda and 1 cup of water into a glass bowl. Run the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes. The steam from the mixture will deodorize and softens the stains inside the microwave. All you need to do is to wipe off the residue with a clean towel.
⦁ Produce Wash
Eating healthy is a must in today’s world. Fruits and vegetables are great alternatives to junk foods and processed foods. And to make sure to get its full benefits, wash it before you eat. Washing it removes the dirt, contaminants, and pesticides. A great produce wash is a combination of baking soda, vinegar, and water. You can soak them in the mixture and then rinse afterward.
⦁ Kitchen Utensils Residue Remover
One of the toughest things to clean in the house is kitchen utensils. They can have burnt residue that is so hard to remove. You may try to soak them in soap or boiling water, yet it is often not very effective. So to save you from tireless scrubbing, try to heat a pan with burnt residue with water, vinegar, and baking soda. You will see that the residue may come off easily. You can also try using the mixture to remove burn marks.
⦁ Restore Silverwares
To restore the original color of silverware, mix hot water with baking soda and salt. Soak the silverware in the mixture and let it sit. Rinse it with water and a new set of silverware are available for use.