Baking soda is ideal for cleaning just about anywhere and any surface in your home. The humble baking soda is once again reigning supreme as the cleaner of choice among homeowners. This revolution is being driven by the ‘green revolution’ as more persons are embracing the natural and organic way of life.
Baking soda, because of it is mildly abrasive can be used to remove stains in bathroom, kitchen, living room, refrigeration, pool, garage, and can even be added to your bath water. Some of the most popular uses of baking soda include:
To keep clothes fresh – use less washing detergent and make up the difference with some baking soda. To get even better results from chlorine bleach add half-cup baking soda to your wash. Putting baking soda on some stains and squeezing some lemon juice on the spot can work to get rid of stains in clothes, especially whites. However, because of the acidic nature of lemon be careful when using this solution.
If you need to remove stuck on food from the bottom of a container easily, sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda on the bottom of the pan, add some water and leave overnight. Baking soda is also great for cleaning silverware safely. Mix a paste of baking soda and use this to rub the silverware, rinse with warm water and dry. It can also be used to clean ceramic finishes and china. Hate those unsightly coffee stains in your favourite mug – just sprinkle with baking soda, wipe and rinse. Unless they are very stubborn stains they should be gone, however, if they are still there, soak the mug in a solution of baking soda and then wash. Sprinkle some baking soda on a sponge or other cleaning rag and use its abrasive properties to remove dirt and grime from your refrigerator, dishwasher and stove.
Putting some baking soda on lemon slices can also help in removing rust stains from counter tops or around pipes in your bathrooms and others areas.
Baking soda is great for removing oil stains from garage floor. Most stains in the home can be removed by applying a paste of baking soda and let stand for a while, and then scrub. Except for the most stubborn stains this should work.
Because of its odour fighting properties, baking soda not only helps in cleaning around the home, but also neutralizes odours. It is also great for keeping drains clean and fresh smelling. Pour a cup of baking soda in your drain (depending on affordability) every night or once per week and follow with warm water. The properties of the baking soda will help to clear away the gunk and minimize odour.
Other uses of baking soda include cleaning vases, windows, Tupperware and other plastic containers. In the bath water, baking soda soothes the skin and is great as a deodorant. The uses of baking soda inside the home are almost limitless, so the next time you go shopping get some. Not only is it a handy and inexpensive cleaner, it can be used as a fire extinguisher.
It will be more economical to purchase in bulk if you decide to use baking soda for cleaning purposes.