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.
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.
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.
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