There are many non-toxic products that can be used for basic household cleaning. Along with vinegar, the most useful of these is baking soda. Like vinegar, baking soda has things going for it as a cleaning product, including being cheap and toxic-free. It is surprising how this product can be used in home cleaning. Read on to learn all the tips you can put into practice to clean with baking soda , the magic cleaning powder.

As we mentioned earlier, cleaning with baking soda has 3 things going for it: It is non-toxic. Although, like everything, if ingested in large quantities it could make you feel very unpleasant, it is nevertheless not poisonous.

It is versatile. The suggestions in this article are just a few of the many ways that baking soda can be used as a household cleaner.

Best of all, it’s cheap. The cost of baking soda (especially when purchased in large multi-pound boxes) is much less than any other specialized cleaning agent.

Sodium bicarbonate (or baking soda, as it is also known) is a naturally occurring material, present in most organic life forms. It can be “made” of sodium carbonate or sodium carbonate. Sodium carbonate dissolves in a rich carbon dioxide solution, and sodium bicarbonate precipitates out.

30 ways to clean with baking soda

As the name suggests, baking soda can be used for cooking. It can also be used for medicinal purposes and, as we will see in this article, for cleaning. In which it has an endless number of very effective uses.

Cleaning with baking soda in the kitchen

The kitchen is the most likely place to find baking soda. Do not stop using it for cooking.

1. A box or small container of baking soda in the refrigerator, freezer, or any closet, keeps unpleasant odors away.

2. Similarly, baking soda keeps garbage odors away; sprinkle the bottom of the pot, and then sprinkle again after putting a new bag on top.

3. Fat in pans can be cut off by sprinkling them with baking soda.

4. To clean surfaces, sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth. Clean, then rinse with clean water.

5. To remove rancid odors from food containers, wash with hot water and baking soda. If the smell persists, soak the container overnight in the baking soda and water mixture.

6. Soak the kitchen cloths, sponges and scouring pads that you use to carve dishes and utensils in a mixture with bicarbonate overnight, this will eliminate all the bad smells that they have stored. You can give it a plus to better eliminate odors, adding a splash of apple cider vinegar.

7. To clean silver, use a paste of 3 parts baking soda in one part water. Rub the paste over each item, then rinse with warm water and pat dry with a soft cloth.

8. To remove scuff marks or grease spills from the floor, sprinkle with baking soda, leave for about 5 minutes, then wipe clean with a hot, damp cloth. This is still safe for unwaxed floors.

9. For food burned at the bottom of the pots, sprinkle with baking soda, then add hot water. Soak overnight; stuck food will loosen much more easily.

10. On the wooden boards. Sprinkle baking soda on the damp wooden boards and let it sit for a couple of hours until it dries. Then shake off the dust and store.

Cleaning with baking soda in the bathroom

11. To remove stains from most surfaces in the bathroom, use a baking soda paste (3 parts baking soda, 1 part water). Apply, let stand and then scrub or clean.

12. Brushes and combs can be washed in a baking soda solution to remove grease and odor.

13. To avoid clogged drains, add 1/4 cup of baking soda per week. Rinse with hot water.

Cleaning with baking soda in the house in general

14. To remove odors from a carpet, clean with baking soda by dusting the powder over the entire surface of the carpet. Let it rest for at least fifteen minutes, then vacuum. Repeat as needed. You can prepare in advance, a mixture with the bicarbonate and some drops of essential oil of the smell that you like.

It can be lavender, lemon, or others with disinfectant properties such as thyme, mix well and sprinkle on the carpet and even on the mattress, let it rest before vacuuming. In this way, your carpets are disinfected and with a clean smell.

15. If there is a smoker in the house, put baking soda in the bottom of each ashtray to keep the smell of stale smoke neutralized.

16. Baking soda in the cat’s litter box will help prevent odors.

17. To quickly clean pets and remove the “wet dog” smell, sprinkle with baking soda and brush their fur.

18. To help remove spills on carpets or other textiles, dry as much as possible. Then clean as you normally would. When finished, sprinkle with baking soda. Vacuuming. This will decrease the likelihood that some of the spilled items will remain on the carpet and cause unpleasant odors later.

19. Children’s toys can be cleaned with 1/4 cup of baking soda in 1/4 warm water. Dip them in this mixture (or wipe them with a cloth dampened in it), then rinse with clean water.

20. Place 1/4 cup of baking soda in the bucket with water to mop, stir very well to make a homogeneous mixture. You can integrate it while mopping to give a plus to the floor by disinfecting it, and you can also use it to let the mop rest when it has stored bad odors. This will prevent the mop from leaving any odor after use.

Cleaning with baking soda in the laundry room

21. Replace half of each measure of laundry detergent with baking soda to keep clothes fresh.

22. To remove grease stains, add baking soda to the wash load or pre-treat the stains with a baking soda paste.

23. Pre-treat cloth diapers in a bucket of baking soda. This will prevent odors from becoming overwhelming between washes.

24. Baking soda increases the effectiveness of chlorine. Add 1/2 cup to the washing machine, along with the usual amount of bleach.

25. If you have a laundry basket, add a little baking soda each day to keep the basket out of odors between emptyings.

Baking soda in the yard and garage

26. Baking soda can be used to help clean up grease spills in the garage.

27. To remove burnt food from the grill, sprinkle with baking soda, then allow to soak. After several hours, the charred pieces will loosen easily.

28. Garden furniture can be easily cleaned by rinsing 1/4 cup of baking soda in 1/4 warm water.

29. Children’s Alberchite can be cleaned and mold removed by washing it with baking soda in warm water.

30. Before packing your camping gear after a trip, sprinkle with baking soda.

If you really get into using baking soda for cleaning, consider buying in bulk , it’s a good idea. After all, it doesn’t break down, and the uses for baking soda are nearly endless.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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