Baking soda: it’s not just for cooking!

Cleanliness is very important. If you let ┬ákids 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

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