You won't believe these baking soda uses for cleaning

Forget cakes and cookies, baking soda is an incredibly useful and versatile household item outside the kitchen.

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Baking soda as a cleaning agent may sound a little strange but we’re sure you’ll love the results. Give our ideas of how to use baking soda to clean a try and find out if we’re right.

Mix white vinegar and baking soda as a cleaning agent but add a few drops of essential oil for a fresh smell!

On its own … using baking soda for cleaning

With our list of baking soda uses for cleaning, we’ll show you how to make the most of this amazing and versatile household essential.

  1. Tackle odors! Got a bad odor hanging about? Fear not! Sprinkle a little baking soda into your bin or add a small pot to your fridge and discover how quickly those lingering smells can disappear.
  2. Whiten clothes! White laundry turning grey? Bring back its bright whiteness with a ½ cup of baking soda added to your usual wash cycle. Find further advice for using baking soda in white washing in our guide for how to clean white shoes.
  3. Brighten jewelry! Noticed tarnish to your silver jewelry? A paste of water and baking soda is a great way to bring back its shine.

With other ingredients … how to use baking soda to clean

Whilst baking soda is a great item to use on its own, did you know adding it to other ingredients can increase its cleaning capabilities? Here are a few top ideas for you.

  1. Make your own homemade cleaner. Stubborn dirt and grease can be hard to shift, but not with this recipe for an easy homemade cleaner. All you need is 1 ½ cups of baking soda, ½ cup of washing-up liquid, ½ cup of water and 2 tbsp of white vinegar. Add it to a spray bottle and away you go.
  2. Remove tough stains. If you have a stain on furniture, carpets, or even countertops then you may find that a paste of baking soda combined with white vinegar works surprisingly well. Follow our advice for using it to remove hard water stains to see for yourself.
  3. Use white vinegar and baking soda for cleaning tiles. Mix a paste of baking soda and water before applying to the grout between your tiles. Mix warm water and white vinegar in a spray bottle and apply to the top of your tiles and baking soda paste. Let it rest for a few minutes before scrubbing with a small brush and rinsing.
  4. Use it to tackle a clogged sink. Baking soda works effectively to shift blockages in pipes if you let it fizz up with some white vinegar. Start by pouring 1 cup of baking soda down the plug and follow immediately with 1 cup of white vinegar. Plug the drain and leave it to bubble in the pipes. Once the bubbling has stopped, remove the plug and pour 2 cups of hot water down the drain. Rinse with cold water to finish.

Dos and don’ts of using baking soda for cleaning tiles, surfaces, and fabrics

Whilst baking soda is a great natural option for cleaning around your home, it’s not right for every situation. Here are a few dos and don’ts to remember before using it:

  • DO keep baking soda, white vinegar, and lemon as an emergency solution for when you run out of commercial cleaners. Learn more about cleaning with vinegar here.
  • DO use it to deodorize bins, fridges, shoes and carpets.
  • DO clear out a clogged sink with baking soda, white vinegar, and a little boiling water. Add the items in the order listed and rinse with cold water after a few minutes.
  • DON’T use baking soda on sensitive skin, for example in a homemade deodorant. It can cause rashes and soreness.
  • DON’T use baking soda on lightly sealed surfaces as it’s abrasive and may cause damage.
  • DON’T use baking soda on certain metals as it may cause discoloration. If you’re not sure, test it on a small are first to check for adverse reactions.

Learning how to use baking soda to clean your home is a great way to get more from your kitchen staples but if going green and au natural is your main priority then don’t forget to read our guide on 3 things you need for eco-friendly cleaning at home.

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