The next time you have a tough job, do not underestimate the power of baking soda. It is a healthier option, yet it’s just as effective. The following ten cleaning scenarios can be targeted with baking soda.
1. Dirty or Stained Toilets
Let’s face it, no one likes to clean toilets. If you are located in an area that has hard water, your toilets are at risk for stains. Minerals that are left in standing water, can create brown-colored rings within the bowl. When this happens, you generally need harsh cleansers that can damage porcelain, or irritate your eyes and nose.
In order to prevent stains and keep your toilet clean, you need to practice preventative maintenance. Once a week, sprinkle your toilet with about a cup of baking soda. After half hour, spray with vinegar, as it acts as a mild acid. Then scrub, flushing after you’re finished.
2. Carpet Stain Remover
Nobody wants a stain on their carpet, so it’s important that you target stains as soon as they happen. If you have a stain, all you need is some baking soda and vinegar. First, soak your stain with vinegar. Then, pile on some baking soda and spray a little more vinegar. Leave this on for half hour. For best results, let it sit overnight. Once the stain is absorbed, you can wipe the area, then vacuum.
3. Improving Laundry Results
When you add baking soda to your laundry detergent, you’re effectively making your whites whiter, and your colors brighter. Since baking soda softens the water, you can actually use less detergent. It also increases the potency of bleach, so you can minimize your bleach dosage.
4. Eliminate a Smelly Fridge
When you store an opened box of baking soda in your freezer or fridge, you can eliminate bad odors. If you find that this isn’t effective, you may need to complete a thorough cleaning of your fridge. Mix it with a little vinegar, wiping the interior down.
If you have any rust or food residue inside the fridge, you can target these areas with baking soda. It’s effective for odor reduction and for stain removal.
5. Clean Your Coffee and Tea Pots
Coffee and tea stains can be stubborn. In order to reduce bitterness, clean your mugs and coffee maker with baking soda. Since it’s non-toxic, you can soak your mugs. Mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with 1 quart of water to create a great cleaning solution. For tougher stains, soak overnight.
6. Remove Dirt and Other Bathtub Stains
Baking soda will create a cleaning paste that can eliminate bathtub grim. For tough stains, spray the baking soda with vinegar. Allow it to bubble, then wait for 15 minutes. Wipe with a sponge, and rinse with water.
7. Dirty Dishwasher
You need to maintain the cleanliness of your dishwasher, so it works effectively. Simply pour a cup of baking soda into the dishwasher and let it run for a full cycle. Not only will it help combat grime, but it will freshen your dishwasher.
8. Maintaining Patio Furniture
After patio season, you will need to store your furniture. Sprinkle some baking soda under the chair cushions. This will keep it fresh. Also, create a baking soda paste and wipe down all of the furniture (this is especially great for white, plastic chairs). While you’re outside, you can also tackle the grease on your outdoor grill.
9. Deodorize Drains or Garbage Disposal
Drains and garbage disposals can create unpleasant smells. In order to combat this, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain or garbage disposal. Then, pour 1/2 cup of vinegar. Wait about 15 minutes, then pour boiling water down the pipes. Only use this method if you have metal pipes. For a garbage disposal, follow with a lemon for added freshness.
10. Clean Stubborn Pots and Pans
Pots and pans can easily build up baked-on residue. To clean these tough messes, shake baking soda on your pots and pans. Then, add boiling water and a little dish detergent. After you let this mixture soak for 15 minutes, wash as usual.