Baking soda has many more uses for more than just collecting dust in your pantry. Not only can it be used for most cooking dishes but also for cleaning!
Here are the top 31 ways you can use baking soda to clean, no gimmicks required.
- Have strong garbage odors? Lucky for you, baking soda can get rid of these pesky smells. Just sprinkle a small handful in your empty trash can and another small handful when you put a new bag in.
- Gunk on countertops can be an eyesore and a nesting place for all sorts of bacteria. The best way to get rid of any spills or food bits is by cleaning with baking soda, soap, and hydrogen peroxide.
- Rugs can be full of dirt and grime without you even knowing it. You can help freshen your rugs by spreading a thin amount of baking soda on it, letting it sit for 15 minutes, and vacuum it up.
- As far as house cleaning goes, appliances can be a tedious chore. Instead of ruining a sponge, try cleaning them by wetting a paper towel and applying baking soda to it to remove any dirt and bacteria residing beneath the surface.
- Dirty toothbrush? You can easily clean it by mixing a quarter cup of baking soda and water allowing the toothbrush to soak in the solution overnight.
- Irons can be full of bacteria invisible to the naked eye. For a better home care experience, remove any leftover dirt or residue with a small amount of baking soda and vinegar.
- When you store patio furniture for the season, you want to make sure it doesn’t grow any unwanted mold or bacteria on it. Be sure to sprinkle a small amount of baking soda under all the chair cushions for a fresher experience the following spring.
- Silverware can get easily dirty. A better way to keep it shining is to mix baking soda and water together and let it soak overnight.
- Floors can dull faster than you’d believe. To keep up a fresh look, mix a half cup of baking soda in a warm bucket of water and mop for at least 5 to 10 minutes.
- Clogged sinks and toilets can be quite a hassle in a large household. You can fix these clogs by using hot water, baking soda, and vinegar.
- Keep stainless steel surfaces looking great by applying baking soda and water to clean. Make sure to use a soft cloth to avoid unnecessary scratching!
- Hampers can get quite smelly between loads. Be sure to apply a pinch of baking soda to keep it smelling clean.
- Leftover burnt food on the grill? Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda and later soak. Wait about 2 to 3 hours and gently scrub away the food bits still remaining.
- Toilets can get rather messy quickly. For a fast and efficient cleanup, combine a quarter of baking soda and scrub away any filth.
- Ovens can get pretty gross over time. Make a mixture of baking soda and soap, and scrub until it’s squeaky clean!
- Make a paste with baking soda to remove stains from most surfaces. Combine three parts baking soda with one part water. Apply the paste to the area, let it sit, then wipe it off.
- Have you noticed any unpleasant smells originating from your refrigerator? Place a box or small bowl of baking soda inside your fridge to remove any unwanted odors. This trick also works in freezers and cupboards.
- Both scuff marks and grease spills can be cleaned off the floor with baking soda. Just sprinkle a little on the spot and wipe it up with a warm, wet cloth.
- If you often use bleach when doing your laundry as part of your home care routine, this tip is for you. Add a half cup of baking soda with your normal amount of bleach to increase its effectiveness and make your whites brighter than ever.
- Kiddie pools are great fun in the summer, but if they are not properly cleaned, they grow mildew. Wash them out with baking soda and warm water to clean them and remove any unwanted growths.
- Did those leftovers leave behind some left-over odors in your food containers? Rinse them out with baking soda and hot water. For the more pungent odors, let them soak overnight in the baking soda and water mixture.
- Though it may not be part of your everyday house cleaning routine, deodorizing your drains are pretty important. To do this, pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain. Then pour half a cup of vinegar. Wait 15 minutes and pour boiling water down the drain to remove any leftover residue.
- Pets can be a real messy addition to any home. In order to clean pets and get rid of that wet dog smell, sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on their fur and brush it out.
- Make your own DIY bathroom scrub that can be used on almost any surface. Combine a quarter cup of baking soda, one tablespoon of liquid detergent, and a little bit of vinegar to make this bathroom cleaner.
- If you use cloth diapers in your home, consider pretreating used diapers with baking soda. Simply sprinkle a little in the pail. Doing this will prevent the odor from becoming too strong in between washes.
- When you do your laundry next, add a cup of baking soda in with your regular laundry detergent. This will get your clothes looking brighter and cleaner in no time at all.
- Hair brushes and combs can be incredibly difficult to clean thoroughly, but baking soda is here to the rescue. Combine one teaspoon of baking soda with a little bit of warm water. Soak your brushes and comb in the mixture, rinse them off, and dry them.
- Do you live with a smoker? Sprinkle some baking soda in the base of every ashtray. This will soak up some of the stale smoke odor and leave your home smelling fresh.
- For an easy and natural way to clean your children’s toys, use a mixture of baking soda and water. Combine one quart of warm water with one-quarter cup of baking soda. Then place the toys in the mixture, wait, and rinse with clean water.
- We all know how stinky that cat litter box can get. To prevent some of the odor, sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the box the next time you empty it. Then add your regular kitty litter on top as you normally would.
- To whiten your teeth, mix a teaspoon baking soda with water or lemon in a cup. Make sure it is mixed into a paste. Then apply it onto your teeth using a toothbrush or just your fingers directly after making sure the surface is dry. The result will wow all your friends!
So here you go, 31 useful cleaning tips with baking soda.
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