Ways to Use Baking Soda for Cleaning
Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 at 7:00 am
One way to save money on cleaning products is to use baking soda instead. You can use baking soda in place of several different types of cleaners. It will clean just as well (if not better)! Here is a quick list of some of the things you can clean with nothing more than baking soda and some hands-on effort.
How to Clean with Baking Soda
What makes baking soda such a good cleaner? It is mildly abrasive, which means that it is good at wearing away stains. It can also help remove odor. Baking soda is non-toxic (a good choice for families with small children or pets who may taste the baking soda). Let’s not forget the biggest one – baking soda is inexpensive!
You can use baking soda to prevent drains from clogging. Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda down the drain weekly. Rinse thoroughly with hot water. Not only will this keep your drains from clogging up, it will also remove the odor from them!
Sprinkle some baking soda into the bottom of a garbage can. It will help cut down on odor, and make it easier to clean out whatever leaked from the garbage bag. Add some more baking soda before you put a new bag into the garbage can.
Baking soda can be used to remove baked-on residue in pots and pans. Shake a generous amount of it into the pot or pan you want to clean. Add hot water (and a little bit of dish detergent). Let it set for at least fifteen minutes. Wash the pot or pan just like you typically would. The baked-on residue should be a lot easier to remove now!
Did your child spill something on the carpet? Blot that stain as much as possible. Sprinkle some baking soda onto the stain that did not blot away. Let it set overnight. Vacuum the area. This should help remove more of the stain. It will also reduce the chance of having the stain produce an unpleasant odor later on.
Did you know that you can use baking soda to safely and effectively clean children’s toys? Mix 1/4 cup of baking soda in 1 quart of warm water. Submerge the toys into the solution. Rinse them well with clear water after they have been cleaned. Can’t submerge the toy? Use a cloth to wipe the baking soda and water solution onto the toy. Rinse when finished.
You can quickly reduce the odor of a diaper pail with baking soda. Roll up a used diaper as much as possible. Put the diaper in the pail. Sprinkle plenty of baking soda over the diaper. Repeat as needed.