Bet you haven’t paid much attention to this ordinary occupant (Baking Soda) of your kitchen cabinet all this while.
But read on, and we assure you, it’ll stop being so ordinary in your eyes! This gentle and extremely effective natural cleaner and deodorizer can come in really handy during a lot of cleaning emergencies. We have listed out a few of them for you here.
1. To Remove Carpet Stains
Got an ugly looking stain right in the middle of your carpet? Don’t worry! Help isn’t far. Just sprinkle on some baking soda and dab out the excess moisture from the spot. Leave it for a few minutes before vacuuming it. Next use a mixture of 1 cup warm water and 1 tablespoon vinegar and blot out the stain using a cleaning cloth. Allow it to dry and your carpet will be as good as new.
2. To Remove Stains From Plastic Containers
We’ve all seen plastic containers with stains left behind from stored leftovers. You can wipe away the marks using some baking soda on a clean sponge. If the stains are tougher, soak the containers in a solution of 4 tablespoons of baking soda and a quart of warm water before cleaning them out.
3. To Clean Toilets
For this cleaning trick, you will need ½ a cup of baking soda, ½ a cup of borax and 1 cup of vinegar. Pour the vinegar onto the stains and sprinkle a mixture of baking soda and borax on top or them. Scrub and flush after 20 minutes for a sparklingly clean toilet.
4. To Clean The Refrigerator
Use a paste of baking soda and dishwashing liquid to remove stains from spills and crumbs that accumulate inside the refrigerator over time and wipe them away with a sponge dipped in warm water.
5. To Unclog Drains
If you have a drain that moves very slowly, try pouring a cup of baking soda into the drain followed by a cup of heated vinegar. Pour boiling water down the drain after 10 minutes, and you’ll find your problem solved!
6. To Clean Fruits And Veggies
A mixture of baking soda and water can effectively remove dirt and any waxy coating that fruits and veggies come with.
7. To Help Shine-Up Stainless Steel
Sprinkle some baking soda into a soft cloth and bring your dull and lifeless stainless-steel sink back to life. Rinse well after buffing.
8. To Remove Mildew From Bathrooms
Scrubbing the tub, tiles, washbasin and shower curtains with a damp sponge and baking soda will help remove mildew and keep all the surfaces clean.
9. To Help Clean A Front-Loading Washing Machine
Over time, front loading washing machines tend to start smelling strange on the inside. To deodorize the machine, pour half a cup of baking soda into the detergent cup and run a wash cycle with hot water. This needs to be done on a monthly basis, to have your clothes smelling fresh and fragrant.
10. To Clean Greasy Dishes and Pans
Use some baking soda with your regular dishwashing liquid and scrub well with a sponge to help dissolve tough grease stains.
11. To Clean Outdoor Furniture
Using baking soda is a great way to clean painted outdoor furniture without damaging it. It can be used on the fabric too.
12. To Deodorize Smelly Shoes
Sprinkle some baking soda inside your smelly shoes, leave them overnight and just tap it out before you are ready to wear them again.
13. To Freshen Up Musty Smelling Upholstery
Sprinkle your upholstery with baking soda and let it sit for 15 mins before vacuuming it up, to have it smelling fresh and clean.
14. To Freshen Up Pet Beds
Between washes, sprinkle Fido’s bedding with baking soda and vacuum it after you let it sit for 15 minutes.
15. To Deodorize Garbage Bins
Keep some at the bottom of your garbage can to prevent trash stink.
16. To Remove Crayon Marks From Walls
Is your kid getting all artistic on your newly painted walls? Fret not! Just sprinkle some baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub lightly to have the crayon marks come off easily.
17. To Keep The Linen Closet Smelling Fresh
Keep an open box of baking soda in your linen closet to get rid of any musty smells.
18. To Clean Stuffed Toys with Baking Soda
Place the soft toys in a plastic bag with a cup of baking soda. Secure the end of the bag and give it a good shake. The baking soda will help draw out all the dirt and dust. Just vacuum the toy, which is as good as new now.