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Cleaning With Baking Soda

Posted on Thursday, April 16th, 2015 at 12:36 pm
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Baking Soda and ToothbrushMany people have concerns about the content of the cleaning products that they currently use. Is it safe to use around babies? What about around pets? One option is to substitute baking soda for some of those products. There are many things that can be cleaned with baking soda.

Clean the Fridge
Good Housekeeping has a simple solution for getting rid of a bad smell that is in your refrigerator. Obviously, you should take the time to go through the contents of the fridge and throw out anything that has gone bad first. Wipe off the shelves and drawers.

Sometimes, doing all that is not quite enough. The bad smell lingers. The way to get rid of it is to open a box of baking soda and put it in your fridge. It will absorb strong food odors and make the fridge smell better.

Clean the Bathroom
Reader’s Digest tells you how to make a nontoxic bathroom cleaner. It includes baking soda, liquid soap, water, and vinegar. Check their blog for the correct amounts of each. They suggest that you put the finished mixture into a spray bottle.

This nontoxic bathroom cleaner can be used on any bathroom surface. Reader’s Digest says it cuts through soap scum and mildew just as well as any commercial bathroom product. Even better, the baking soda based mixture is super inexpensive!

Clean the Dishwasher
All You has an easy way to clean your dishwasher. It will get rid of the “gunk” that can build up and make the dishwasher smell fresher. Start with an empty dishwasher. Don’t add soap. Add baking soda instead. Run the dishwasher while it is empty.

Clean the Microwave
Care2 has a good suggestion on how to clean your microwave. Start with a clean sponge. Get it damp. Add some baking soda onto the sponge. Use the sponge to clean the microwave. Care2 says that you should rinse the microwave well with water after you are done cleaning.

Cleaning Pet Items
You can make your pet’s bed smell better with baking soda. Sprinkle some baking soda on it and let it sit. (Make sure your pet cannot access the bed while the baking soda is on it). Vacuum up the baking soda. The smell is gone!

Baking soda can also be used to freshen your cat’s litter box. Start with an empty litter box. Sprinkle some baking soda into it. Add the litter on top. The baking soda will help cut down on the odor.

You can also use baking soda to keep ants and other insects away from your pet’s food bowls. Surround the bowls with baking soda. It will prevent the ants from getting anywhere near the food.

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