Baking soda: it’s not just for cooking!

Cleanliness is very important. If you let  kids make a total mess in the kitchen and then leave, you’re not really teaching them anything.

– Emeril Lagasse

Baking soda, or bicarbonate of soda, is an edible product that’s used to make tasty treats like cakes and biscuits. As well as being a useful cooking ingredient, baking soda is a safer cleaning alternative that you can use all over your home. Read on for a room-by-room guide to cleaning your home with baking soda.

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Bathroom

1. Toilet: if your toilet bowl has become stained, sprinkle some baking soda on the stains and leave to sit for 30 minutes. Then, rinse off the baking soda with a small amount of vinegar.

2. Shower: make a paste out of baking soda and water and scrub. Soap scum will come off with ease.

3. Chrome drains and taps: mix baking soda and water until they form a paste, then clean chrome fixtures using a toothbrush dipped in the paste.

4. Grout: make a paste out of vinegar and baking soda. Use a toothbrush to scrub the grout, and watch it sparkle.

5. Tiled floor: mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with a bucketful of warm water. Mop the floor and leave to dry.

6. Towels: put 1/2 cup baking soda in with a rinse cycle to de-odourise and clean towels thoroughly.

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Kitchen

1. Counter tops: put baking soda on a damp sponge and wipe down counters.

2. Microwave: put baking soda on a damp sponge, wipe around the microwave, then rinse thoroughly with water.

3. Oven: cover the bottom of the oven with a thin layer of baking soda. Put a small amount of water over the soda to dampen it, then leave the mixture overnight. Rinse well in the morning.

4. Sponges: soak sponges in a mixture of 4 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 quart of water.

5. Fridge: leave an open box of baking soda in the back of your fridge to absorb any nasty odours.

6. Waste bins: sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of a bin bag before you put it in the bin. It will absorb smells.

7. Washing machine: make a paste from baking soda and water, and use a sponge to wipe down the inside of the washing machine. Rinse thoroughly, and all lingering smells will have disappeared!

8. Dishwasher: put 1 cup of baking soda in the dishwasher and run a full rinse cycle. Other than the baking soda,

9. Tupperware: if your tupperware is getting a bit smelly, simply scrub with baking soda and the nastiness will disappear! Rinse thoroughly afterwards, though.

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Want to find out more?

Check out the sources we used to compile this list:

10 Uses for Baking Soda: Guidelines for Cleaning Your Bathroom

40 ways to clean with baking soda

How to clean with Baking Soda

Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty: How to Clean Grout

How do I clean chrome?

51 Fantastic Uses for Baking Soda

Uses for Baking Soda: Cleaning Your Kitchen

Baking Soda Tip 7 Uses for Baking Soda in the Washing Machine

8 ways to clean your home with toothpaste

He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Toothpaste isn’t just for teeth anymore, oh, no. You can use it for loads of jobs all over your home, from your kitchen sink to your bedroom mirror!

Tip: make sure you’re using white non-gel toothpaste, and always test on a small area first.

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1. Mirrors: put a layer of toothpaste on your mirrors and you’ll find that they stop fogging up. (This works on goggles, too!)

2. Carpets: get rid of stains by applying toothpaste, scrubbing and rinsing.

3. Chrome sinks: taps looking scuffed? Apply toothpaste to a cloth and wipe away. It’ll be shining in minutes.

4. Oven: got some nasty patches of burnt food? Apply toothpaste, commit to some hard scrubbing, rinse, and watch the stains disappear.

5. Soap scum: if your shower or sink has started to collect soap scum, squirt on some toothpaste, leave it for a few minutes, then rinse it off.

6. Crayon marks: if you’ve got crayon on your walls, put some toothpaste on a damp cloth. The crayon should wipe straight off.

7. Water rings: put toothpaste on a damp cloth. Wipe the water marks, and watch them vanish. Wipe down the area with a dry cloth afterwards.

8. Stainless steel: including tops of cookers, and pots and pans. Rub a little bit of toothpaste on a damp cloth, then clean off any bits that are stuck to the stainless steel. (If you do use toothpaste on your eating equipment, though, make sure you rinse it thoroughly, or else your next meal will be mintier than you expected!

Want to find out more?

Check out the sources we used to compile this list:

16 Unexpected Uses for Toothpaste

 – Two Dozen Uses For Toothpaste (Aside From Cleaning Your Teeth)

Cleaning the House with Toothpaste?

11 Other Uses for Toothpaste

34 Uses For Toothpaste Outside Of Your Mouth

Toothpaste – the miracle cleaner!

If you do try out any of the uses featured in this article, we recommend doing so on a very small test area first, and that you use only white non-gel toothpaste.

19 ways to clean with distilled white vinegar

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

– Albert Einstein

Good news! Today’s the day that you can bin all of those anti-bacterial wipes and sprays. There’s a better way to clean your kitchen and bathroom, and you only need one thing to do it: distilled white vinegar.

Distilled white vinegar gets rid of bad smells in an instant, it cuts through grease with ease, and it can be used to clean just about anything you can think of! Best of all, it’s totally safe for consumption, so you don’t need to worry about any little hands finding it. Read on for our favourite vinegar-based tips and tricks that you can try in your kitchen and bathroom today.

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Kitchen

1. Grill: scrunch some aluminium foil into a ball and spray it with distilled white vinegar. Scrub the dried-on dirt away with ease.

2. Counter tops: add one part distilled white vinegar to three parts water and wipe across counters for easy dirt-removal.

3. Sponges and cloths: put sponges and cloths in the washing-up bowl  and cover with water. Add 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar to the bowl, and leave them to soak overnight.

4. Can opener: use a toothbrush dipped in distilled white vinegar to remove old dirt and stains with ease.

5. Extractor fan: soak a sponge in distilled white vinegar. Wipe down fans and anything else that grease builds up on, such as your oven.

6. Fridge: mix 1/2 water and 1/2 distilled white vinegar together. Wipe down fridge walls and shelves for stain removal and a fresh, clean smell.

7. Microwave: mix 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar with 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until the mixture is boiling, then simply wipe the grime off!

8. Drain: pour 1 cup baking soda on the drain, followed by 1 cup of hot distilled white vinegar. Leave for a few minutes, then wash away the mixture hot water.

9. Hardwood floors: mix 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar with 1 gallon water and clean as normal.

10. Plastic tupperware/lunchboxes: get rid of nasty smells simply by wiping plastic items down with a cloth dampened with distilled white vinegar.

11. Dishwasher: put 1 cup of distilled white vinegar in the dishwasher and run for a whole cycle.

12. Washing machine: put 1 cup of distilled white vinegar in the machine and run it for a full cycle (without your clothes!).

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Bathroom

1. Shower head: secure a plastic bag filled with distilled white vinegar over the shower head with an elastic band. Leave overnight, take off then use a toothbrush to get rid of any excess grime.

2. Bath toys: mix 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar with 1 gallon of warm water. Soak toys for 10 minutes then rinse.

3. Toilet: spray distilled white vinegar directly into the toilet and scrub with a toilet brush to get rid of stains.

4. Soap scum: mix 1 part salt with 4 parts distilled white vinegar, and wipe areas down where soap scum builds up, such as on your taps.

5. Shower doors: wipe doors with a cloth dipped in distilled white vinegar (works for windows too!).

6. No-wax floors: mix 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar with 1 gallon water and clean as normal.

7. Drain: pour 1 cup baking soda on the drain, followed by 1 cup of hot distilled white vinegar. Leave for a few minutes, then wash away the mixture hot water.

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Want to learn more?

Check out the sources we used to compile this list:

1001 Uses for White Distilled Vinegar

How I Clean My Counters with Vinegar

How to Wash Hardwood Floors with Vinegar

How to Use Vinegar for Household Cleaning

Bathroom Cleaning Tips