What is baking soda and why is it so great for cleaning? Well for starters it is an inexpensive and natural way to clean some of the tougher stains and odors in your house. It is also known as Sodium Bicarbonate which is basically a milder version of salt! Baking soda is basic and most odors are acidic, which is why it’s a great tool in eliminating odors. Most air fresheners will simply mask the smell whereas baking soda will neutralize and absorb the smell. The acid-base reaction is also why it works wonders with vinegar. The two together will be one of the best and safest ways to clean tough bathroom and kitchen dirt!
Carpet: If your carpets are getting musty smelling and/or you have pets, it’s a very good idea to do this on a regular basis! A super easy trick to refreshing your carpets is by sprinkling some baking powder on all your carpets and vacuum it up after. For tougher smells and stains you can mix the powder with water and scrub it. Once it is dry again, simply vacuum excess powder. Doesn’t get any easier, or cheaper!
Pet odors: When you have pets in your house, sometimes carpets, furniture and other surfaces they may lay on or touch will get smelly or stained. Using baking soda for those foul smelling pet odors is a very safe way of getting rid of it! This goes for carpets and pet beds, simply sprinkle the baking soda on your pets favorite spot/bed and wait 15 minutes, then vacuum it!
Grout: This is one of the more annoying tasks for anyone with tile. Use equal parts baking soda and water to create a paste. Using a scrub brush or an old toothbrush, scrub the paste onto the grout. Mix warm water with white vinegar and spray it onto the paste. Leave the fizzing mixture for 5 minutes before scrubbing again. Use an old rag or paper towel to clean up the dirty baking soda and vinegar mixture. Tip: Mop the floors afterwards to remove any dirt or paste that you may have overseen when wiping it down.
Toilet: Baking soda is a great way to clean porcelain, so naturally your toilet will be the first thing that comes to mind. The abrasive qualities in the baking soda will work wonders when it comes to breaking down any dirt in the bowl. Just sprinkle, scrub and flush! If you want a deeper clean you can follow same procedure as de-clogging the drain. Use one cup of baking soda with a cup of household vinegar, let it sit for 30 minutes with the lid down, after the time is up use a toilet brush to scrub before you flush.
De-clog a drain: There are so many toxic products out there, but by using this simple and non-toxic trick you can easily and safely de-clog your drain. Pour a cup of baking soda down your drain, followed by a cup of white vinegar. Allow it to work for about 15 minutes before you rinse. This can be repeated as many times needed!
Refrigerator: This is an older trick that you may have heard of before. Leave an open box of baking soda in your fridge and/or freezer to help eliminate odors. Replace every 3 months.
Tip: Write the date on the box to remind yourself when it will need to be changed!
Garbage can odors: Baking soda can also help you eliminate any foul odors coming from your trash can. Whether it’s your indoor trash or your outside garbage can, pour a decent amount in the bottom of the bin to fight the smell!
Refresh smelly shoes: Baking soda is a great way of refreshing your smelly old gym shoes. Simply sprinkle some baking soda in the shoes when needed and let it sit for a while. Just remember to empty the shoes before you use them again.