9 Baking Soda Cleaning Hacks You Should Know

I don’t know about you, but baking soda is my miracle in a can. And, the best part is that it is literally pennies on the dollar. The natural component called sodium bicarbonate a.k.a baking soda serves as a cleanser for basically everything, from your skin to your toilet. It is such a basic household supply and most probably it is already sitting in a random corner of our kitchen, yet we often tend to overlook its amazing effects.

I’m all the way a fan, from using it for beauty treatments, as a natural remedy, and of course, cleaning. Basically, I’m like that old lady who thinks baking soda will solve and even wash off any of my problems.  My guess is that you probably have baking soda in the kitchen and if you’re in the mood to make your house sparkle so much that guests would question if someone even lives there, well, you can start there. All you need is just a few other ingredients that you will find out which as you scroll down.

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Cutting boards

To really clean cutting boards has never been easier. Just mix baking soda with an equal part of salt and mater to create a scrubbing paste that works wonders on plastic and wooden cutting boards, and that’s it!

Fridge

You know how every fridge has its own smell that you can’t figure out where it’s coming from? Like, the food is fine and not rotten at all, but it just smells fishy. Well, after you have cleaned the fridge, you can keep it smelling fresh with an easy baking soda based deodorizer. It is easily done by mixing 2 cups of baking soda with 20 to 30 drops of essential oils, from orange to vanilla, whatever you like, and place it in an open jar in the fridge. This way, the compounds will absorb all the unpleasant smell and keep the fridge smelling clean and fresh.

Grill

Yes, grilling season it’s almost over, but wouldn’t it be a bummer if you open it up next year only to find it gross and greasy? Yes, it would, yes it would. But that’s far from happening if you just make an easy paste using dish soap and baking soda and apply it on the grill rack. Let the paste sit for 15 minutes before scrubbing it down and rinsing it with water and ta-da, sparkling clean grill.

Tub

One of the things that I hate most is the gross soap scum in the tub. Say goodbye to that by mixing baking soda with washing soda, salt, and castile soap. This paste-like scrub will have your tub sparkling and inviting you to dive into it.

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Sweat Stains

Some sweat stains are stubborn and it seems like they just won’t go away, no matter how many times you wash them. However, if you mix equal parts of lemon juice and water with half a teaspoon salt and half a teaspoon baking soda, it will be gone in no time. To really get the sweat stains out of your favorite shirt, use a toothbrush to scrub them off. After you’ve done this, throw the shirt in the washing machine and kiss the yellowish underarm stains goodbye.

Stainless steel or porcelain sink

To really give your kitchen sink a good scrub it deserves, using baking soda will get the grime out without scratching the surface. And if you want something that cleans it well AND smells nice, you can also add various scents of essential oils. Let it sit for a while before you scrub it off with a soft sponge and then rinse it off with water.

Mattress

Yes, washing the mattress is very important, but it’s also important to detox it in between washes. To deodorize, eliminate moisture and kill those evil dust mites, you can mix half a cup of baking soda and a dozen drops of essential oils. What works best is if you use eucalyptus, peppermint, or lavender to really keep your mattress smelling fresh. Just sprinkle on the mattress and let it sit for about an hour before vacuum cleaning it.

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Carpet Stains

Everyone has that stubborn stain on their rugs or carpet. Well, to really get rid of it, just sprinkle that area with baking soda and let it sit for a few minutes before you vacuum it up. The next thing you should do is blot the stain with 1 cup of warm water mixed with one tablespoon vinegar, working from the outside edges inward.

Slow Drains

I can’t count the times I have chosen the chemical route to clear a slow-moving drain when using baking soda would work just fine. In fact, pouring a cup of baking soda into the drain, then heating it up with a cup of vinegar will really clean it. You want to let it sit for about 10 minutes before you flush it with a pot of boiling water. Caution: don’t try this solution on an already clogged drain.

 

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