Baking soda has served as one of the most popular cleaning agents as it can deodorize and freshen up various surface areas of your house with continued usage. The very fact that an entire pound of this white powder costs even less than a fancy latte further adds up to its lucrativeness.
You can use baking soda either by itself or by adding it up with other cleaning ingredients. Today, we are going to base our discussion around some of the most popular cleaning hacks which can be achieved with the simple use of baking soda.
#1 You can sprinkle some baking soda over your porcelain or ceramic sink for removing all signs of grease build up. However, it is advisable to conduct a bit of patch test at the beginning for benefiting the most out of the same.
All you need to do is gently scrub the surface area using a sponge or scrub brush dipped in baking soda. This will cause the dirt build-up to disappear magically and you can follow it up by rinsing the surface using clean water.
You can add in a few drops of lemon essential oil with baking soda for better results.
#2 The rugs and carpets of your home can be kept smelling fresh by sprinkling along some baking soda mixed with some drops of essential oil. You will have to allow a resting time of 30 minutes before vacuum cleaning the surface.
If by any chance you pour coffee or similar beverages over your favorite carpets, then again baking soda can come to your rescue. You just need to carefully sprinkle baking soda all over the rug and allow it a resting time of 15 minutes before pouring vinegar on the top.
In case of mild stains, you will have to place a towel over the affected area and press to dry once it stops fizzing. For fighting tough stains, you will have to scrub the area gently and follow it up with thorough vacuuming after the vinegar has dried down.
#3 Sprinkling baking soda on an exposed mattress and leaving it on for about half an hour can ward off all pungent odors as well as icky dust mites which arise due to continuous use. You can finish the cleaning process by vacuuming the surface using a hose attachment.
You can generously sprinkle some baking soda over the bedding of your pet and leave it on for half an hour. This has to be next vacuum cleaned to remove all traces of pungent odour.
#4 Baking soda can have an extremely important role to play in neutralizing foul odors which are otherwise infamous for overtaking the fridge. You can mix one cup of baking soda with a few drops of lemon essential oil and store the same in a mason jar inside the refrigerator.
This mixture has a lasting power of one month over which it can deodorize your fridge.
#5 If your toddler has developed the habit of scribbling on your house walls, then you can cater to the same by sprinkling some baking soda on a wet cloth and gently wiping your wall using the same. This can cause all the crayon marks to disappear over time.
#6 Enamelled Dutch ovens serve as the ideal utensil for making beans, soup, bread, poach chicken or even steam veggies. These beautiful statement pieces tend to get lacklustre in its inside due to constant contact with food as well as heat exposure.
In such a scenario, you can clean the interior of your oven by mixing 1/3rd cup of baking soda to a pot of water and boiling the same for about half an hour before turning off the heat.
On passage of the stipulated time, you will have to dump the dirty water and sprinkle generous amounts of baking soda before scrubbing its surface using a textured sponge. Finally, you will have to clean its interior using fresh water for revealing that long-lost glow.
#7 You can regain the lost shine of tarnished jewellery by rubbing it using a thick paste of water and baking soda. This works like magic on gold, silver as well as diamond jewellery. However, you should refrain from using it on delicate gems such as opals and pearls as it might scratch their fragile surfaces.
#8 Your hair brushes should be cleaned on a regular basis for avoiding all chances of product build-up. This can be done easily by removing excess hair from the brush and soaking it in a solution of water and baking soda for an hour.
#9 Just as your washing machine cleans your clothes, it becomes necessary to keep the washing machine clean at all times. This is especially true in the case of front-loading models.
You can use the natural cleansing properties of baking soda in such a scenario. All you need to do is initiate a large hot load in your washing machine and add in some vinegar and baking soda to ward off smelly mildew as well as build-up.
No one likes doing household chores as it takes up a lot of our precious time. Baking soda can come to your rescue in such a scenario by adding inertia to the whole process and that too in an inexpensive manner.