I’ve been making a lot of changes lately and trying different things and I’ve come to have a whole new appreciation for baking soda; it’s great for cooking, an excellent exfoliant and a wonderful cleaning and deodorising agent. (Which I feel I knew, but had never personally tried the products.)
Baking soda is great for cleaning and deodorising, it’s also a cheap alternative to chemical-laden cleaning products. When I first used it, I was pretty surprised how well it works. And it really helps to keep the smell away in the garbage and around the house.
- Sprinkle a little in the bottom of the garbage can and in the bag periodically to keep the smells away.
- Do the same for your clothes hamper to control the smell.
- You can do the same with the toilet and drains, but I put 1/3-1/4 cup baking soda down the drain, let it sit for a couple minutes then about a 1/2 cup vinegar, let sit for 10-15 minutes and flush with hot water. (You could also just use the hot water if you don’t have vinegar.)
- You can also use in a litter box – as it’s a natural component.
- Sprinkle some on the stove and use a sponge dipped in hot water or vinegar and rub in to get rid of the grease and oil. You could also do the same for the counters or the floors to lift messes.
- You can also make a baking soda paste to clean tougher messes. Mix baking soda and water to get a “paste” texture. Rub some on the mess, leave for a few minutes and rub off with hot water.
- Mix baking soda and water to clean out dishes that have a lingering smell.
- Use a mixture of about 1 tbsp. baking soda + 1 cup water/vinegar and place in a spray bottle to use as all-purpose spray.
- You could use the same mixture and spray on floors to clean.
- Use baking soda in the bath to keep smells and bacteria out of the tub; Mix baking soda + water/vinegar, pour over sides of shower/tub and use a brush to lift all of the dirt and grime.
- Also use in for cleaning the toilet with water or vinegar to help clean, deodorise and keep bacteria at bay.
- Sprinkle in shoes to keep the smell away.
- You could also sprinkle some onto carpets, leave for about 10-15 minutes and vacuum up to help deodorise and clean.
- Try using about 1 tsp. and sprinkle on top of dirty clothes before washing – or periodically throughout the week in the clothes hamper.
- Sprinkle some underneath your sheets on the mattress to help keep (relatively) fresh and help keep moisture (somewhat) at bay.
- Use baking soda in the bottom of an ash tray to keep (some) stale smoke from lingering.
There are so many more uses, pretty much whatever you can sprinkle baking soda on or clean using a mixture (which is mostly everything!).