Baking soda has the ability to clean almost any area of the home, in a completely natural way. It can tackle tough stains, mould and mildew and even deodorise smelly odours.
Here, we take a look at 11 of the many clever uses for cleaning with baking soda.
What’s the difference between baking soda and baking powder
Perhaps one of the most confusing subject in the world. While both baking soda and baking powder appear similar, they’re worlds apart. Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate (or bicarbonate of soda), which requires acid and a liquid to become activated and help baked goods rise. On the other hand, baking powder includes sodium bicarbonate and acid, and it only needs liquid to become activated.
How to make a baking soda cleaning paste
Many solutions and methods that include baking soda as a key ingredient make use of a baking soda cleaning paste. The good news is, creating the paste is so simple it can be done in less than a minute. Simply follow these steps:
Step 1: Add 1 cup baking soda to a bowl.
Step 2: Slowly add warm water to the bowl, mixing thoroughly as you go.
Step 3: Continue stirring until the mixture has the consistency of toothpaste.
Now, you’re ready to start using this eco-friendly paste around the home.
Kitchen cleaning with baking soda
Baking soda makes short work of a messy kitchen. Whether it’s the floor or appliances, no stain can withstand its awesome power.
1. Cleaning the oven
Apply the paste to all areas of the oven. Leave the mixture to sit until it dries, then wipe it off with a sponge or rag. Spritz vinegar to get rid of grime.
2. Cleaning the sink
Apply some of the paste to a microfibre cloth or sponge, and scrub away. With a little elbow grease, your sink will be shining like new.
For sink drains, pour baking soda down the drain and follow with lemon juice to clear a minor clog.
3. Cleaning the fridge
Clear out the fridge and wipe it down with a wet rag that contains a small amount of baking soda paste. When you’re done, place a bowl of dry baking soda inside the fridge for a couple of days to eliminate any odours.
4. Cleaning the stove
Oil splashes and cooking stains call for baking soda paste. Apply to any stains, allow to sit for 10 minutes and then use a rag to thoroughly remove both the paste and any stubborn stains for good.
Read more: How to clean your stove top like a pro
5. Cleaning the dishwasher
Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda inside the dishwasher and add a little vinegar. Run the machine through a cycle and it will be looking and smelling fresh as new.
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Bathroom cleaning with baking soda
The bathroom is an often neglected area of the house when it comes to cleaning, not to mention a prime place for mould and mildew to build up. Just like the kitchen, however, it’s no match for baking soda.
6. Cleaning the toilet
Sprinkle the baking soda on the toilet and around the bowl to neutralise odours and germs. You can use a rag to wipe down the top for a whiter than white shine.
7. Cleaning tile grout
Apply the baking soda paste to a coarse sponge and apply all over bathroom tiles. Allow to sit for 10 minutes then scrub off to have the grout looking clean again.
8. Cleaning a bathtub
Apply the baking soda paste around the bathtub and scrub off thoroughly with a brush. Your bathtub will look like new in no time.
Other ways to use baking soda around the house
Baking soda can be used for cleaning almost anywhere in the home. Here are a few more options:
9. Cleaning outdoor paving
Simply sprinkle baking soda over your outdoor pavers, scrub with a brush and hose off.
10. Cleaning carpet stains
Work the baking soda paste into any carpet stains, allow to dry and then vacuum up.
Read more: How to remove every type of carpet stain
11. Clean smelly towels
Wash your smelly towels with hot water and baking soda to deodorise and brighten them.