The Cleaning Superhero: Baking Soda

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Time to clean smarter! As you walk down the cleaning aisle, don’t go for the overpriced cleaners – keep it simple with baking soda. Known mostly for its deodorizing properties, baking soda can take on a lot of tough cleaning jobs around the house.

Pristine Bathroom

Those bathroom germs don’t stand a chance! Using a wet microfiber cloth, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda and a couple drops of dishwashing liquid. Create a lather on the cloth, and give those shower walls a good scrub. For the shower floor, sprinkle baking soda and dishwasher liquid across the surface, and scrub with a wet brush. Finish off by rinsing the shower walls and floor with warm water and wiping down with a dry microfiber cloth. You can keep your drains odor-free by mixing ½ cup baking soda with a ¼ cup table salt. Pour the mixture down the drain followed by one cup heated vinegar. You will notice it begin to foam and bubble. Let it stand for 15 minutes, and then run tap water for at least 15 to 30 seconds. This is especially good for seldom used drains, like in a guest bathroom. Grout is always tough to clean, but a paste mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide makes a great cleaning agent! You can also tackle other areas of your bathroom by using baking soda as an all-purpose scrubber. Sprinkle it on a damp sponge, and scrub out tubs, sinks, and toilets.

Spotless Kitchen

Baking soda works well as an all-purpose surface cleaner. But, when partnered with other household liquids, it transforms into a high-powered potion. Bust up grease on pans by first boiling vinegar in a microwave. Sprinkle baking soda on the dirty pans and add the boiling vinegar. Let the mixture stand for 30 minutes, wipe with a wet sponge, and rinse. To remove water stains, erase greasy residue, and clean kitchen appliances, place ¼ cup baking soda in a small glass bowl and combine hydrogen peroxide to create a paste. Cleaning the oven won’t be so daunting anymore! Brush a paste of baking soda and water in the oven, and then spray the paste with vinegar. It will create a powerful foam to remove any oven spots. Clean your stainless-steel sinks by sprinkling baking soda on half of a lemon, and use the lemon as a scrubber.

Other Household Uses

Create a safe cleaning agent for painted surfaces by sprinkling baking soda on a damp sponge and lightly rub on walls. For wax-free and tile floors, mix ½ cup of baking soda in a bucket of warm water to mop the floors. For cleaner laundry, add a cup of baking soda to each load. To freshen carpet and upholstery, sparingly shake baking soda on and let it site for at least 15 minutes or leave overnight. The baking soda will absorb any odors and can easily be vacuumed up afterwards.

Simply loading up on baking soda can check off a lot of spring cleaning boxes on your to-do list!

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