We love green cleaning – it is an easy, healthy, and cheaper way to deal with the chores at home. Moreover, most green cleaning recipes require simple ingredients, which can be found in any home. We have already posted a good deal of green cleaning recipes and DIY home cleaning tricks. You can see that there is one substance, which is a key ingredient in the most of the DIY cleaners – the Baking soda! This powder is safe, inexpensive, it is a great stain cleaner, a natural deodorizer and can be used as a fine abrasive for surface cleaning.
Today we have decided to put together 10 new ideas on how to use baking soda when cleaning your home.
Smelly or stained plastic dishes and containers
Food containers are convenient for storing dinner leftovers or freezing meals. However, plastic can easily absorb strong smells like fish, cheese and gets stinky and sticky. To deal with the smell and stains, simply rinse the containers with warm water and while they are still wet, run them with baking soda. Leave them like this for 10 minutes, then rinse and let the containers dry well, before storing them.
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Supermarket Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and veggies sold in the supermarkets sometimes have a protective coating of wax. Producers do this to keep the food fresh longer and to give it shiny, tempting appearance. Although we don’t recommend buying such fruits and vegetables, it is a shame to throw them away if you already have them. Use baking soda to remove safely the wax coating from apples, pears, cucumber, or any other fresh produce. Simply wipe the skins off with a clean sponge, dipped in baking soda.
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Remove Faul Odours From Carpets and Upholstery
All fabric items in your home absorb smell overtime. And while you can drop your clothes and bed linens in the washing machine and deal with foul odours like cigarette or food smell, you cannot do the same with rugs and soft furnishings. Luckily, there is an easy way to deodorise these items and contain the situation until it’s time for the deep carpet cleaning. Baking soda is a great natural deodorizer – simply sprinkle a generous amount of it directly onto the rugs and furnishing and let it sit for 1 hour. When the time is up, run the vacuum to extract the powder.
Greasy Stains in the Kitchen
Baking soda can help you deal with old stubborn stains everywhere in your kitchen. You can use it to treat the surfaces, appliances, as well as dirty pans and pots. The key to removing oil, grease or scorched food with baking soda is patience. Since this is a natural cleaner, you might have to give it a little bit more time to act, but in the end, you will see it is worth it! Rinse or spray the dirty area with warm water. Prepare a thick paste of warm water, baking soda, and a few drops of strong dishwashing liquid and apply it directly onto the food and grease stains. Wipe or wash the paste with a clean sponge and warm water after 30 minutes and enjoy the effortless result!
Dusty Stuffed Animals and Textile Accessories
Some items in our home collect more dust than others – like your children’s stuffed toys, artificial flowers, and fabric wall hangings. The toys can be thrown in the washing machine, but for others things – like textile decorations, this is not the best idea due to a risk of discolouration and shrinking of the material. You can easily remove the dust and dirt from all these tricky-to-clean items, without damaging them. Just place them in a big plastic or paper bag, add 1 cup of baking soda, secure the top of the bag and shake it well, turning it to all side. The baking soda will draw our all dirt and dust. Remove the items from the bag and shake them well to be sure there are no grains of baking soda left.
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