How and What to Clean with Baking Soda – 14 Baking Soda Cleaning Hacks!
Learn how and what to clean with baking soda using these simple but brilliant baking soda cleaning hacks that are so easy to do.
If you are looking for a non-chemical cleaning agent that can tackle a number of household cleaning chores then you won’t find anything better than baking soda. Here are 14 ways to clean your home with baking soda.
14 Easy Baking Soda Cleaning Hacks
#1. Deodorize Trash Can, Refrigerator and Sink
Baking soda is known to absorb strong odors which makes it a great deodorizer for your trash can, refrigerator and kitchen sink. To deodorize your garbage can, simply sprinkle some baking soda into your trash can each time you change your garbage bag.
You can also sprinkle some baking soda into your garbage bag when throwing away extra aromatic garbage.
For the refrigerator tear the top off of your box of baking soda and set it in the refrigerator to absorb the lingering smells of fish, onions and other odors.
When you change out that baking soda box in your refrigerator, deodorize your sink by pouring the old baking soda you removed from the refrigerator into the sink and rinsing it down with hot water.
You may also want to read this article to learn how to get bleach smell out of your house with baking soda.
#2. Clean Stovetop
Baking soda does a great job of gently cleaning that ceramic or glass stovetop.
Start by wiping off any excess dirt and grease and then sprinkle the entire top of the stove with baking soda and let sit for 5 or 10 minutes before gently scrubbing the stovetop with a damp sponge.
#3. Clean Oven and Oven Rack Cleaner
If you don’t have a self-cleaning oven then you can use baking soda along with vinegar and lemon juice to make a non-toxic oven cleaner.
Start by combining 1 cup of vinegar and ½ cup of lemon juice in a spray bottle and spray the inside and the bottom of the oven and then sprinkle with baking soda.
Allow to sit for a few minutes and then scrub clean with the sponge. You can also clean your over-racks in your kitchen sink using the same steps.
Make sure you rinse everything well after scrubbing.
#4. Polish Silverware
If you are lucky enough to have a set of real silver or a silver tray or teapot you know how easily these items can become tarnished.
Luckily for you, baking soda makes an effective and inexpensive polish for all your silver.
Simply mix 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water and mix into a thick paste.
Using a clean cloth, rub the mixture into your silver and then rinse and dry. Your silver should return to sparkling brightness.
#5. Cleaning No Wax Floor
Over time, chemical cleaners can severely damage your no wax floor. You can use baking soda mixed with warm water to make a gentle floor cleaner for your no wax floor.
Simply mix ½ cup of baking soda with a bucket of warm water and mop your floor. To leave your floor extra clean looking, rinse with a clean mop and fresh clear water.
#6. Clean Your Sponge
Are you tired of throwing out those perfectly good dish sponges because they have begun to smell terrible?
You can use baking soda to clean your sponges and remove those funky odors from them.
Simply put 4 tablespoons of baking soda into a large bowl or pan with 1 quart of warm water. Soak the sponges for several hours and then remove and rinse.
#7. Remove Soap Scum
Soap scum can leave a gray ring around your tub and sink and can also make your shower walls to look dull and unclean.
To remove scum from your tub, sink, shower walls and even your shower door or curtain simply sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and clean those areas. Rinse everything down with clear warm water and dry with a clean towel.
#8. Clean Grout
Combining 1 cup of baking soda with 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide will allow you make an excellent and effective grout cleaner. (Here are more ideas for cleaning with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda).
You simply apply the paste to your grout using a toothbrush and let sit for five or ten minutes before using the toothbrush to scrub all of your grout. Rinse well and then wipe down.
You may also want to read this article for a more detailed information on how to clean tile grout.
#9. Clean Your Comb and Brush
Your combs and brushes tend to collect hair oils, hair spray, dust and grime unless you clean them periodically.
Mixing a cup of warm water with one teaspoon of baking soda makes a great comb and brush cleaner.
Once you have made the cleaner, place your combs and brushes into the liquid overnight to soak and then rinse them in clear water.
#10. Baking Soda for Cleaning and Deodorizing Mattress and Pet Bedding
Both your own mattress and your pet’s bedding absorb all different types of odors. You can remove those odors and leave your mattress and your pet’s bedding smelling fresher and cleaner with baking soda.
Simply sprinkle baking soda on the bed and let sit for at least 30 minutes before vacuuming again. (Here is a detailed article on how to clean your mattress).
#11. Baking Soda for Cleaning Carpet (Deodorize Your Rug)
To deodorize and freshen up a carpet, sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and allow to sit for 30 to 45 minutes before vacuuming up the baking soda.
In addition, the baking soda you vacuum up helps to freshen up your vacuum again.
#12. Clean and Shine Your Stainless Steel Sink
Spray your sink with warm vinegar water and then apply baking soda to a sponge and scrub the sink in circles.
This will remove any stuck on materials and leave your sink shining clean. You can also use the same treatment for cleaning stainless steel silverware and pots and pans.
Simply wash off the worst of the dirt or grime before cleaning and shining stainless steel.
#13. Laundry Brightener
Baking soda can brighten your laundry and leave it smelling sweeter as well.
Simply add ¼ to ½ cup of baking soda to your laundry and those colored clothes will come out looking brighter than just with laundry detergent alone.
#14. Clean Your Teeth
Not only can baking soda be used to clean almost everything in your home, but it can also clean your teeth as well.
Simply dampen your toothbrush, sprinkle it with baking soda and add a drop of hydrogen peroxide and brush your teeth (do not swallow). Rinse your mouth and your teeth should feel clean and bright.
Baking soda is an inexpensive way to clean all sorts of items around your house with the use of toxic chemicals.