Baking soda is a common, inexpensive household item that can be used for many kinds of cleaning projects. We actually make a form of baking soda in our own saliva, where it helps keep plaque from forming!
Here are some of the uses of baking soda for cleaning:
I have used baking soda and vinegar to keep my kitchen and bathroom drains clear and fresh smelling. I simply put a teaspoon or less of baking soda into the drain and then pour about a tablespoon of vinegar. I must admit that I am the kind of cook that rarely steps anything, and the same is true for these proportions, so feel free to experiment to find what works best on your sinks.
In actuality, that bubbling process is how you can tell if the box of baking soda you’ve had around forever remains good. Just follow the instructions above. Your soda is still great if it bubbles away merrily.
Speaking of drains, even if your drain is clogged, you can try with a lot more baking soda. Wait a few minutes, or longer, then run the hot water tap and see if you have cleared the drain. It might take overnight.
Another well-known use of baking soda is to maintain an open box in the refrigerator to neutralize odors. Because baking soda cuts smells, it can also be placed in the bottom tray of an oven-type electric toaster, to reduce burnt smells. Another smell-removing cleaning tip is to put baking soda into bottles or jars that milk has left a smell in.
For scrubbing the sink, bathtub, or shower stall, for getting gunk off the exterior of my toaster, and projects of that type, I find it very useful. With a rag or sponge, pour some baking soda onto it and then add a little water, just enough to form a paste. Then scrub! You can also mix the paste up in a small cup or bowl and throw out what you have not employed by the end of that cleaning session. I keep a small container of baking soda handy from the sink, in a skillet so the baking soda doesn’t cake. You can even use a salt shaker, as you will most likely go through that much baking soda before it gets caked up.
Pots and pans that have something burned on the bottom call for sterner measures. I admit that sometimes I just reach for my rarely-used business cleaner, but the baking soda cleaning technique is to shake baking soda all over the burnt stuff and then let the pot sit overnight. You can even add a little water and baking soda into the pot, bring it to a boil, then let it sit.
For stained marble, a paste of baking soda and white vinegar may be effective. For washing windows, put some baking soda on a wet rag or sponge.
Baking soda also has many different uses in keeping your body clean also. But enough! This guide is about baking soda for cleaning around the house.