Green Cleaning With Baking Soda.
Sure, it’s an important recipe for making mom’s delicious cookies and cakes, but Baking Soda’s real claim to fame is its amazing power to freshen and clean dirty spots around the house. Next to Vinegar, this super-versatile, super-effective salt has so many uses and it was not just yesterday that this was discovered.
Baking soda (or bread soda/ cooking soda/ bicarbonate of soda or just bicarb) is a mixture of two naturally occurring compounds; Sodium Carbonate (washing soda) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) to form Sodium Bicarbonate (NaHCO3). This is a white solid fine powder which a variation of can be traced to the ancient Egyptians who simply used it as paint for their hieroglyphics. It wasn’t until about 1846 that Sodium Bicarbonate was commercially available by two New York bakers.
Why Clean with Baking Soda?
With a pH of 9, baking soda is 1000 times less caustic than bleach or ammonia but can be just as successful against fighting acidic stains. Its modern list of uses is almost unending and it can be used in medicine, personal hygiene, cooking, or even in pest control (for killing cockroaches). However, for our purposes, it is its vast utilization as a green cleaning product that we shall explore.
As a cleaning agent, Sodium Bicarbonate is most sought out for its qualities of being above all:
- Natural and from the earth
- Gentle and non- toxic
- Multi-purpose and versatile
- Budget friendly for your home
Let us see some places that it can be most effective when used for residential cleaning. Some of them are as follows.
How To Use Baking Soda To Clean Your Home.
- Use a mixture of baking soda and water to erase any stain on the surfaces in your bathroom. Simply just apply it on the stain, let it stay awhile then scrub it clean. To prevent drains from plugging up, pour 1/4 cups of baking soda down it and rinse with hot water, weekly.
- Scrub your tub, sink, tile and other surfaces with a microfiber dipped in it to keep your bathroom gleaming.
- For removing odors from food containers, even the most persistent smell can be removed in a matter of minutes. Place a box of baking soda in the fridge, freezer or cupboard to keep off unpleasant odors. Similarly, for the garbage container, sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the container and again after inserting a new bag.
- For cleaning silver materials and utensils. Simply rub in a paste of baking soda and water, leave it for a while and then rinse with warm water. After dry it off with a dry cloth.
- For cleaning surfaces. Apply some baking soda on a damp cloth and wipe the surface, afterward, rinse it out with clean water.
- For removing grease spills from the floor. This is safe for no-wax floors too.
- Use together with detergents to keep your clothing fresh. It also increases the effectiveness of laundry detergent when mixed with it. It is good for grease stain removal.
Other Place In The Home:
- Sprinkle baking soda over your carpet and let it settle in before vacuuming to remove odors in your living room or anywhere around the house.
- Try baking soda to clean lawn furniture, children’s pool and to remove grease spills in the garage.
- Use a mixture of baking soda and water to rinse dirt off garden produce to remove the waxy coatings on them.
- Combine baking soda and water to clean microwaves, stainless steel sinks, range hoods, and cooking utensils. Use it to keep your sponges odorless.
- Disinfect your dog house with baking soda. Also, use it to remove the stink on her fur.
- Clean the crayon-covered wall mess the kids made.
- Sprinkle baking soda into your shoes to keep them smelling fresh.
- Use it to remove tarnish from your silver jewelry.
- It keeps your grout clean.
- Baking soda is excellent to help maintain a clean oven.
- It can even help in removing that annoying cigarette smell.
- Use baking soda to clean your car lights, windows, tires, seats and floor mats without worrying about unwanted scratch marks.
And many more. Keep coming here for more green cleaning tips and uses of everyday home items.