I went on a little cleaning spree the other night after I came across an old book about baking soda by household advice guru, Vicki Lansky. The book is full of hundreds of ways to clean using baking soda and I was testing some ideas that I hadn’t tried before.
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a naturally occurring mineral that has a remarkable number of practical uses. In particular it has the ability to neutralize acids, absorb odours and it is mildly abrasive in a non-scratch sort of way, all traits that make it great for cleaning. Even better, baking soda is environmentally benign so is an ecofriendly and non-toxic replacement for all sorts of household cleaners.
Here are 14 non-toxic cleaning hacks for baking soda:
·Sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth and rub on cutting boards to neutralize odours (onion, garlic). Rinse with hot water.
·To clean your blender, fill it halfway with water, add a teaspoon of baking soda and a few drops of dish detergent, whirr for 10 seconds and rinse clean.
·To clean your stainless steel sink scrub it with baking soda and a damp cloth.
·To keep your drains clear and fresh, pour one cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of vinegar. Let bubble away for a few minutes and then chase with a kettleful of boiling water.
·To freshen and clean your dishwasher, sprinkle half a box of baking soda in your dishwasher and run it through the rinse cycle.And before going on vacation sprinkle ½ cup of baking soda in your dishwasher to help quell odours.
·To remove tea and coffee stains from china cups make a paste of baking soda and water and scrub with a damp cloth.
·Clean your glass stovetop with a baking soda-water paste.
·To clean a pot with a burned bottom, place two inches of water in the pot and bring to the boil. Add half a cup of baking soda to the water, remove from the heat, and let sit overnight. The burned on grime should be easier to clean in the morning.
·To clean brass and copper, sprinkle with baking soda and scrub with half a lemon.
·To clean a tub, sprinkle with baking soda and dampen a cloth with white vinegar. Scrub to remove grime.
·Sprinkle baking soda over carpets and let sit overnight. Vacuum the next day. For added freshness add a dozen drops of essential oil to the baking soda before sprinkling.
·Sprinkle baking soda in smelly shoes and sneakers to neutralize odours. Let sit overnight and tap out over the toilet.
·Add half a cup of baking soda to your wash, along with your liquid laundry detergent as a laundry booster.
·Create a laundry stain remover paste by mixing ½ cup baking soda with ¼ cup water. Rub into stains, including ring-around-the-collar. Pour over vinegar before washing.To clean combs and brushes, soak in a solution of hot water and ¼ cup baking soda.
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