Baking soda is an ingredient that can be used in many different ways. Many of us know it for its properties when making baked goods but baking soda can also be used in natural and toxic-free cleaners and personal care items. It is also inexpensive which makes it an attractive ingredient to work with around the home. Overall, it will help you reduce your costs as well as the chemicals you are using every day.
What exactly is baking soda? Baking soda is officially known as sodium bicarbonate. It helps regulate pH meaning when mixed with an acid or alkaline it has a neutralizing effect. It makes acidic odors neutral and not smell as bad. It also has a gentle abrasive quality that is great for making scrubs.
Baking soda deodorizes, neutralizes, and cleans without the use of toxic chemicals. It is truly a miracle cleaner when used properly.
10 Ways to Clean Your Home with Baking Soda
Trash Can Deodorizer
Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into your trash can each week to help absorb odors. This is a great task to add to your to-do list every week when your trash is picked up.
Stainless Steel Sink Cleaner
Use baking soda and white vinegar to make a paste. Soak a paper towel in the solution and use it to wipe down your sink.
Sprinkle baking soda directly onto your stovetop and allow it to sit for at least 5 minutes, then use a damp sponge to scrub the surface. Once the stovetop is clean use a clean cloth to wipe away any residue.
Make a paste with 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Rub the paste onto silverware with a clean cloth, rinse and allow to try.
Sprinkle baking soda into the bottom of your dishwater and run as usual to keep your dishwasher fresh and remove stains.
Soap Scum Remover
Sprinkle a wet sponge with baking soda and rub onto sinks and bathtubs to remove soap scum.
Make a paste using lemon juice and baking soda. Using a toothbrush or grout brush, brush the paste onto the grout lines. Let this sit for several minutes, then wipe off.
Carpet Stain Remover
Mix 1 cup baking soda, 1 cut salt, and 1 cup white vinegar to form a paste. Apply to the stain and allow to try then vacuum.
Sprinkle the rug with baking soda and allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes. Vacuum as normal for a fresh smelling carpet.
Are your clothes starting to look dingy? You can add ½ cup of baking soda to a load of laundry to help boost colors and fight stains.
5 Personal Care Uses for Baking Soda
Mix 1 teaspoon baking soda with ½ glass of water. Gargle, swish, spit and rinse to help combat bad breath.
Make a paste using 3 parts baking soda and 1 part warm water. Gently rub onto your face using a circular motion then rinse to help brighten your skin. You can also apply this paste to your heels and elbows to help smooth your skin.
Dissolve 3 teaspoons of baking soda into a warm bath. Soak your feet and gently scrub if desired.
Use a dab of coconut oil and baking soda to make a toothpaste similar to what you buy in-store.
Add one tablespoon of baking soda to a jar with one cup of warm water. Mix well – then pour onto your scalp. Massage it well to evenly distribute then rinse as normal.