Baking soda is commonly found in the kitchen as an ingredient for baking. Aside from making your dough rise, did you know that it is also a very powerful product for home cleaning? You may have heard that it can help a lot with removing carpet odors and stains. But it does so much more than that. Along with vinegar, it is one of the most effective natural and non-poisonous products that will get you clean results fast. Best of all, it is non-toxic, versatile, easy to use, and cheap!
Odor Control In The Fridge, Cabinets Etc
Baking soda is a very effective odor controller for different parts of your home. Place a small container with baking soda in your refrigerator, cupboard, under ashtrays, and in litter boxes to control pungent smells. It is also advisable to place a small amount of baking soda in your trash bins. Once you replace the trash bag, place some more baking soda. In the bathroom, put baking soda paste around your toilet to keep foul smell away – this comes in handy especially if you manage a household with a lot of boys.
To make baking soda paste, mix baking soda with water in a three to one ratio. For moms who hate the smell of already used plastic food containers, leave baking soda with water inside the container overnight and your containers will be good as new the next morning. You can also add baking soda to your laundry detergent to make your clothes smell clean and fresh. Adding baking soda when washing clothes also makes bleach products more effective.
General Home Cleaning: Stoves, Pots, Sinks, Floors
Aside from controlling odor, baking soda is also an all-purpose product for general home and carpet cleaning. For kitchen use, place baking soda paste on a sponge and clean dirty and stained surfaces like sinks and floors, and most especially greasy stoves. For those hard to remove burnt food residue on your pots, pans, and stove, place baking soda and water inside and leave overnight. The next morning, the dirt will come off instantly. Sponge the surfaces in a circular pattern and you can also spray on vinegar for a more powerful effect. After the dirt is gone, wash with water and then wipe it dry. You can also use baking soda paste in washing your silverware.
In the bathroom, place baking soda down drains to prevent clogging. To remove odor and stains from your carpets, put baking soda on the carpet, leave for fifteen or more minutes, then let dry or use a vacuum. Repeat the process if needed and do regularly to keep your carpets clean. Similar to cleaning the stove, use baking soda to take off burnt residue, stuck food, and grease from your outdoor grill. Lastly, clean off mildew from the kids’ pool with baking soda mixed with warm water.
The cleaning possibilities are endless with baking soda. It costs much less than your normal chemical-filled cleaning products and it’s an all-natural ingredient. Next time you encounter accidental spills, carpet stains, and foul order, you now know what product to reach for. So for a cleaner and pleasant-smelling home, don’t forget to stock up on these on your next grocery trip.