Baking soda is a popular ingredient in cakes and cookies, but did you know that it’s also a versatile tool for the rest of your home? It’s a natural cleaning product and can be used to clean in a number of ways. Here are some of our tips:

Baking soda uses:

  • To deodorize: Add a sprinkle of baking soda in your garbage can or leave a small pot of it in the fridge.

  • To whiten clothes: Add half a cup of baking soda to your laundry.

  • To buff stainless steel: first wet the surface, sprinkle with baking soda, scrub then rinse clean.

  • To clean silver jewelry: Make a paste using baking soda with water, rub on the items, then rinse.

DIY cleaner: Baking soda with vinegar You can also maximize the cleaning ability of baking soda by combining it with vinegar! When mixed together, they remove dirt and stains, cut through tough grease and get rid of bad smell. Below is our recommended DIY recipe:

1. You’ll need baking soda, dishwashing liquid, water and white vinegar.

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2. Mix 1 and 2/3 of a cup of baking soda with ½ cup of dishwashing liquid.

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3. Water down the mixture with ½ cup of water and add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar.

4. Stir the mixture. Pour into a bottle and tightly close. Make sure it’s secure.

5. Shake the bottle well to mix thoroughly.

6. Once ready, pour onto the surface to be cleaned, then scrub and rinse!

When to use baking soda for cleaning Note that we still think baking soda cannot clean all types of mess. Sometimes, specialist cleaners that you buy from the grocery do a better job. They’re sometimes more convenient too! This is because these specialist cleaners were made specifically to remove tougher stains and marks. We recommended keeping some baking soda in your pantry for emergency cleaning of small surfaces and items, and deodorizing your fridge or garbage can. For hard-to-remove stains, stick to your specialist cleaner.