20 House Cleaning Tricks with Baking Soda

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Baking soda can help you improve every part of your home, from the kitchen to the bathroom and garage. The gentle and non-toxic pantry ingredient will help you remove oil stains, clean your kid’s toys and refresh your breath. Here are some of the things you can do with baking soda in your home.

1) Removal of stains from your plastic food containers

Leftovers will definitely leave a mark in your home. To freshen up all your food containers, you just need to sprinkle some baking soda on a clean sponge and use it to erase the tough stains. Make a solution of one quart of warm water and four tablespoons of baking soda to do that.

2) Refresh your foul-smelling fridge

Do not worry about the foul smell from your fridge associated with salmon and fish. Baking soda will absorb it and prevent its effects on neighbouring food.

3) Clean your veggies and store-bought fruits

Add some baking soda to water and use it to remove the dirt and the waxy coating that you find on products from grocery stores and supermarkets.

4) Scrub down your kitchen surfaces

Almost all the dirty spots in your kitchen will benefit from a thorough baking soda treatment. Add some baking soda to water and use it to clean the stainless steel sinks, countertops, range hoods, cooking utensils and microwaves.

Remember, however, that while baking soda is an ingredient in making the best aluminium cleaner, you will want to remember to use it on aluminium surfaces conservatively. After all, leaving too much baking soda for too long on aluminium may cause oxidation and discolouration.

5) Deep-clean the extra greasy pans and dishes

To clean the greasy dishes and pans, sprinkle some baking soda and then clean with your dish soap. You only need some hot water, baking soda and a scrub sponge to do that.

6) Revive the stale-smelling sponges

Soak your kitchen staples in some water baking soda mixture. That way, you will refreshen them up and continue using them for a longer time. Remember that you have to toss the sponges after every 2-3 weeks, depending on the level of usage.

7) Deodorise your upholstery

Remove the bad smells from your soft and cushy places around the house by sprinkling the surfaces with some baking soda. Allow it to sit for roughly 15 minutes and vacuum it up. You can also do the same to freshen up your mattresses.

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8) Freshen your pet beds

Renew your pet’s beds the same way you would freshen your couch and mattresses. Sprinkle some baking soda and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. After that, vacuum it up.

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9) Clean your kid’s old toys

Naturally, you can dip a sponge in baking soda and water solution and use it to wipe your kid’s toys. That way, you will keep them clean.

10) Scrub your crayon-covered walls

As your kids grow, they have to prove their artistic skills. They are likely to paint many sections of your home. Do not panic if that happens; use baking soda solution to scrub the walls lightly.

11) Banish mildew from your bathrooms

Use baking soda to scrub the tiles, tub skink and the shower curtain. Use a damp sponge and some baking soda and then rinse with clean water to reveal sparkling clean surfaces.

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12) Brighten the dingy laundry

To make your white clothes and the white ones brighter, you just need to add some baking soda when loading them in your washing machine. The baking soda along with the liquid detergent will help balance the PH level and make the clothes cleaner.

13) De-clog your drain

You can clear any stubborn drain by pouring at least ½-cup baking soda down it. Follow that with a ½-cup vinegar. After that, cover with a wet cloth and wait for five minutes. Use hot water to flush.

14) Refresh the smelly sneakers

After the long gym classes, you can freshen up your shoes by sprinkling some baking soda inside them. Do the same for your gym bag. Remember to tap it out before wearing the shoes again.

15) Eliminate the garbage can odours

Sprinkle some baking soda at the bottom of your trashcans to fight the trash stink. It is also good you upgrade the trashcan.

16) Clean up the garage oil spills

If the floor of your garage has some offending spots, it is the time to get rid of them. Sprinkle some baking soda on the floor and use a wet brush to scrub. The spots will disappear.

17) Scrub the messy grill

You can combat the summer’s cookout grime by sprinkling some baking soda on a grill-cleaning brush and then scrubbing the grime away.

18) Wipe down the dirty patio furniture

Before pulling out the lawn chairs for a new season, wipe them down with some water and baking soda. Do the same when putting them away after the hot months. Place some baking soda under the cushions and inside the storage bags so that they can remain fresh.

19) Fight the linen closet smells

This is similar to placing some baking soda in your fridge to fight the foul smells. Place some baking soda near the towels and sheets to fight the musty smells.

20) Brighten the dull jewel

When your silver jewel stops shinning, it is the right time to get rid of the tarnish. Make a paste (one part water and three parts of baking soda). Use a lint-free cloth to apply it and rinse.

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