Baking soda is one of the most versatile household products around. It’s not just a product that is used in the kitchen, either. Besides the essential role it plays in cooking and baking delicious food, the naturally-forming mineral is a powerhouse cleaning agent. You won’t need to rely on chemical cleaners or even spend money on fancy products.
The use of baking soda is almost endless.
It’s safe for children and pets, biodegradable, and gentle-yet-effective to use. Due to it’s odor-absorbing skills it’s great for kitchen and bathroom areas. I love using baking soda to deep clean our oven, using it as a DIY-cleaner for our bathrooms, and even keeping in my laundry room for the amazing perks to does to washing and cleaning my family’s clothing.
Check out these 10 ways you can clean with baking soda!
1. De-Gunk Your Hair Brush
If your hair brush or comb is built up with hair products, use baking soda to easily remove the gunk. Soak your hair brush and comb in a cup of warm water and baking soda overnight.
2. Eliminate Foot Odor
Due it it’s high pH and being a mild alkaline, baking soda gets rid of odors by neutralizing the acidity of many smells. If your shoes are starting to get a bit stinky, use baking soda to make them smell better. Sprinkle some baking soda in your shoes to get rid of it. Empty your shoes before slipping them back on.
3. Deep Clean Your Blender
Blenders see a lot of use, especially with many different ingredients and sometimes leave leftover smells that might not always wash out. Pour a 50/50 solution of baking soda and water into your blender. Let the solution soak for 10 minutes before rinsing.
4. Show Your Stovetop Some Love
The stovetop can sometimes be a hassle to clean, but baking soda is effective to eating away any sticky food that has found its way on it, or any stains that just don’t want to leave. Sprinkle baking soda over the spilling and stains. Let it sit for up to 10 minutes then use a damp sponge to scrub away every bit.
5. Clean Your Cutting Boards
To give your cutting boards a very deep clean, especially those wood ones, use a mix of 1/3 cup baking soda and 1/3 cup table salt onto the cutting board surface. Let it sit for 30 minutes. Then take half a lemon and rub it in circles over the surface. Rinse off the cutting board and then use white vinegar or boiling water over the surface to finish off the cleaning.
6. Scrub Away Those Soapsuds from Your Shower Curtain Liner
Instead of tossing your shower liner into the washing machine, clean it with baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda onto a cloth, dampen it with water and scrub the entire liner. Then rinse off with warm water and repeat the process until the soapsuds and scum is off.
7. Make Your Stainless Steel Shine
Freshen up your stainless steel kitchen appliances with baking soda. Just sprinkle baking soda onto a soft, damp cloth, and buff out the stainless steel. Rinse well so the kitchen appliances are streak-free.
8. Get Rid of Funky Odors
Fridges, freezers and closets can trap some funky odors. To combat these trapped odors, you can use a mix of 1 cup of baking soda and six drops of lemon and peppermint essential oils. You can pour this mixture into a jar. Shake every so often to mix the mixture and liven up the essential oils. Be sure to place it in an area where the jar of mixture won’t get knocked over.
9. Deep Clean Your Oven
Dissolve the dirt and grease in your oven with baking soda. Use a combination of 3/4 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of warm water. This should make a paste. Once the paste is made spread the paste over the inside of the oven. Let it sit overnight. Scrape off the paste the next day.
10. Give Your Mattress Some Care
Get rid of any odors on your mattress by sprinkling baking soda onto your mattress and letting it sit for a couple minutes. If there are any stains, you can use vinegar first before adding the baking soda layer. Then place a towel over the area. Let the combo sit up for two hours and afterwards vacuum up the mixture off the mattress.