Another common household product that is found in almost every kitchen is baking soda. Cleaning with baking soda is a cheap and effective way to clean without all the harmful chemicals. It is used in many different ways. Some of the most common ways its used is with vinegar or as a soft scrub. See more in “Cleaning with Vinegar“.
Using Baking soda in your laundry is one of the most common. Baking soda’s minerals will neutralize the water, soften the water and gives your regular detergent a boost. It will help get your laundry clean, colors bright, and fresh smelling too. Great for Gym clothes or old musty clothes that’s been stored for some time.
Use only 1/2 cup in your wash.
Baking Soda is also great for stains. Cover those oily stains with baking soda and let it sit for a short time. Throw it in to your wash. It makes a great pre treat.
When using baking soda in your wash water, you don’t need to add as much bleach. ( I, myself, don’t use bleach at all because of the dangers in bleach).
By adding another 1/2 cup of baking soda to your rinse water, you will give your clothes an extra boost of freshness.
Polishing your Silver
By making a paste of 3 part baking soda to 1 part water, you can make your silverware shine like brand new. Rub the paste into your silver pieces. And rub off with a clean cloth. Rinse and dry. This removes the old tarnish and make them sparkle again.
Refresh your Refrigerator
My mother and grandmother always kept a box of baking soda in the refrigerator. And now, I do too. This keep all your food smells from traveling to each other. Keeps it smelling fresh. No one wants chicken to smell like fish, or anything else in the refrigerator.
While wiping down your refrigerator, add a cup of baking soda to your water. This will also keep your refrigerator smelling fresh and clean when you open the door.
Plastic containers are nice to store those leftovers. But it does have a problem holding onto the smell. Sometimes washing alone don’t remove the smell of what was store in them. Try adding a little baking soda to the container and wipe the stubborn smell right out of them. If you have a tough smell, leave the container sit for some time (overnight is long enough). Then wash clean with your other dishes.
Add a couple tablespoons of baking soda to your dish water along with your dish detergent. This will help remove dried stuck on foods.
Kitchen Counters and Other Surfaces
Baking soda is a safe way to keep your kitchen counters clean and fresh. By adding a little to a wet cloth or wet sponge, and wiping the surface down, you won’t have to worry about those harmful chemicals found in other cleaner. This is not only good for counters, but can be used on cutting boards and appliances as well. Just rinse well afterwards.
Garbage Cans and Other Large Storage Containers
Mix a cup of baking soda to a gallon of hot water. Tackle those big jobs. Deodorize that smelly trash can, waste baskets, and kitchen garbage cans.
Baking soda makes a great deodorizer.
Here are some ideas where you can use a little extra help in keeping those smells down. Keep your home smelling fresh and clean.
- Have pets: Sprinkle some in your cat’s litter box to keep the odor at bay.
- Carpets: Sprinkle your carpet before running the vacuum. This keep your carpet smelling fresh from pets and other odors.
- Smoke: Sprinkle some in the bottom of your ashtray to keep the cigarette odor down.
- Closets: Place a box on the top shelf of your closets. This will reed your closet and your clothes from the musty smell.
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