Baking Soda: A Very Versatile Cleaner (part 2)
Specific uses for baking soda in cleaning
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is an extremely versatile compound, and has countless uses in cleaning and other fields. It can be useful for eliminating bad smells, cleaning the kitchen and the bathroom, cleaning your body and can even be used in cooking. It is affordable and eco-friendly, which means that it will not pollute the environment if you use it. In this article, we will see some specific uses for baking soda in cleaning so you can keep your home pristine.
General home cleaning:
- Cleaning surfaces: To clean places like the bathtub, bathroom tiles, drains and other surfaces (even fiberglass and delicate tiles), sprinkle baking soda in a slightly damp sponge and scrub them as you would if you were using a chemical product, then rinse and dry. If you need to clean a particularly dirty spot, you can make a paste with baking soda, salt and liquid soap, mixing them in a bowl. Then, let the mixture rest for 5 minutes, apply it to the sponge, scrub the affected areas and rinse.
- Cleaning your shower curtain: Eliminate stains and bad smells from your shower curtains by sprinkling baking soda over a brush or clean sponge. Then scrub the curtain thoroughly and rinse. Hang to dry.
- Cleaning the microwave: Sprinkle baking soda on a wet sponge and scrub carefully the inside and the outside of the microwave. Then, rinse with water and dry.
Washing dishes, pots and pans: Add 2 full tablespoons of baking soda to your regular dish soap to help remove grease stains in your tableware, pots and pans. If your pots have food stuck in them, let them soak in a mixture of baking soda, dish soap and water for some time, then use dry baking soda with a sponge or soft cloth to avoid scratching their surfaces.
- Removing bad smells from your kitchen and bathroom sponges: Soak your sponges in a saturated solution of baking soda to remove dirt. Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 quart of lukewarm water.
- Cleaning the oven: Sprinkle baking soda inside the oven, then add a few drops of water to moisten the powder. Let it rest overnight. The next morning, scrub and remove the baking soda and dirt with a sponge or cloth and rinse.
- Cleaning floors: Mix ½ cup of baking soda in a bucket with warm water and use it to scrub floors, then rinse. This will help remove dirt and grime from tile floors and floors without a wax coating. If you want to remove scratch marks and similar marks from your floors, scrub them with a wet sponge where you applied baking soda and then rinse with water.
- Polishing silverware: Make a paste with baking soda (3 parts baking soda and 1 part water) and scrub the silverware with a sponge. Make sure to rinse them very well and dry them with a soft cloth to polish them.
- Cleaning coffee and tea stains from your pots and cups: Mix ¼ cup of baking soda in 1 quart of hot water. Scrub the pots and cups with a sponge soaked in this solution to remove coffee and tea stains and get rid of any bitter remnants. If the stains are hard to remove, soak your pots and cups in a solution of baking soda and dish soap overnight.
- Cleaning fruits and vegetables: Using baking soda is a great way to eliminate all traces of dirt from your fruits and vegetables. Sprinkle the powder on a damp sponge, scrub and rinse.
- Cleaning combs and brushes: Soak your combs and brushes in a solution made with 1 tablespoon of baking soda in a small amount of warm water. This will help keep them clean and remove any traces of dust or scalp skin and hair from them.
- Washing clothes: Add ½ cup of baking soda to your clothes before washing them. This will help balance the pH of the detergent and will leave your clothes cleaner and feeling fresher.
- Clean furniture and walls: Using baking soda can help remove stains and scratches from your furniture and wall. Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub the surfaces carefully. Then, clean them again with a soft, dry cloth.
- Removing smells from the fridge: Place an open box or container of baking soda in the back of your fridge to absorb any smells from food and other products.
- Removing smells from drains: To remove smells from the drains in your sink and bathtub, pour ½ cup down them while the water is running. The warm water will mix with the baking soda and neutralize the smells. This is also a great way to use the baking soda that you put inside the fridge.
- Removing smells from tableware: Scrub all tableware with a sponge and baking soda before placing it inside the dishwasher. You can also put it in the dishwasher for mild cleaning.
- Removing smells from rugs and mats: Sprinkle large amounts of baking soda on your rugs. Let it rest overnight or for as long as possible (it works better the more you let it rest). Then sweep off the baking soda and vacuum the rest (it will likely fill out your vacuum bag).
- Removing smells from vacuum cleaners: Cleaning your rugs and mats with the aforementioned method will also help remove smells from your vacuum cleaner.
These are only some of the uses of baking soda in cleaning, but they are the most important ones. You will see that it is truly a miraculous substance!