Everyone is trying to become more eco-friendly by purchasing earth friendly cleaning products. We are forgetting about one product that we normally use for baking that works wonders on stains, cleaning toys, silverware, countertops, produce, sponges etc.. plus deodorizing refrigerators, gym bags, closets, shoes – the list could go on and on.
Baking Soda is also known as Sodium bicarbonate. It is a chemical compound and its solid white that is crystalline but appears as a fine powder. It’s been used for cooking purposes and now we have discovered that it does wonders when cleaning and deodorizing – NATURALLY!
Sponges – Sponges can smell gross. Take 4 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 quart of warm water and soak the sponges. They will smell good as new
Car – Keep your car clean by mixing ¼ cup baking soda in 1 quart warm water and use that to clean the windows tires, mats and chrome.
Sink Drains – Sprinkle ½ cup baking soda into the drain while running warm water
Refrigerator – Place a box in your fridge and then replace monthly
Clothes – When washing your clothes add 1 cup into the washing machine to brighten clothes
Grills – this is perfect for those greasy stains. Mix 10 parts baking soda to 1 part warm water and scrub everything and rinse with warm water
Pool Toys – use ¼ cup baking soda to 1 quart water and wipe everything down
Patio Furniture – Before shoring it scrub down everything with baking soda and a wet sponge, you can do the same when you get it back out in the spring.
Tupperware – Baking soda is great for getting stains out, just soak your pasta stained tupperware in baking soda water and it will be stain free.
Coffee Makers – Scrub the glass of the coffee maker with baking soda water, this can also work on coffee cups and teapots. Stains really bad? Fill the containers with baking sodwater and let sit overnight before washing out.
Pots and Pans – shake a good amount of baking soda on the pot or pan and scrub with a sponge. If it’s really bad let it sit for about 15 minutes before washing off with dish soap.
Walls and Furniture – Sprinkle baking soda on a wet sponge and wipe on walls and furniture, then rinse with just water. Even works on crayon stains!
So you may need to buy a sh*&t load of baking soda but just think about how much money you are saving and also making your home a non-toxic environment by using baking soda to clean and deodorize with. If you want more ideas on how to use baking soda check out this book - Baking Soda: Over 500 Fabulous, Fun, and Frugal Uses You’ve Probably Never Thought Of