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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.