Whether you’re cleaning up the house for the New Year, for guests or just deep cleaning, see these 10 Ways To Clean With Baking Soda!
Why Clean with Baking Soda?
There are hundreds of household cleaners on the market. From the dollar aisle to expensive all-natural cleaners, you can find just about anything to fit your style and budget. So why clean with Baking Soda??
Just like vinegar, baking soda is one of my all time favorite natural cleaners. Since we have sensitivities to harsh chemicals in the family, I choose to be cautious about what cleaners I allow into my home. I don’t want family members or pets exposed to harmful chemicals!
We use all natural products whenever possible. However sometimes those can be expensive or require a special store trip and we end up running out. Baking soda is such an inexpensive product and has so many wonderful uses and actually WORKS!
10 Ways to Clean with Baking Soda
Homemade Drain Opener with Baking Soda:
This is one of my favorite household hacks! I use this all the time and on occasion, add citrus peels to it just to add a little scent into the mix. Honestly this one has worked on our sink drain that those commercial drain cleaners failed to unclog. Follow these Homemade Drain Cleaner Directions and allow to sit covered with wet rag about 5 minutes. Uncover, flush with hot, hot water and plunge with a sink plunger if needed.
Of course, results may vary and this is not guaranteed to work by any means… it’s just my personal experience. If this one is on your to-do list, give it a try!
I found this simple cleaner to be AMAZING! Plus, no more harsh chemical oven cleaners that take your breath away.
Simply spray down your oven with water with a water bottle, or alternately a very wet rag. Then, pour a generous amount of baking soda all over it (especially the really dirty spots). Make sure the baking soda is wet. If not, spray a little more water. Leave it set for a few hours then wipe down with wet rags. For really baked on grime, you may need to repeat the process.
I found a good scrubber to work well with this method of cleaning. Don’t get me wrong– it does require lots of elbow grease, but the oven does need that occasional deep clean!
Copycat Soft Scrub Shower and Bath Cleaner:
If you are a huge Soft Scrub fan then you’ll love this homemade version. It works just as well and it’s a fraction of the price! Add 3/4 c. baking soda, 1/4 c. castile soap, 1 Tbsp. filtered water and a few drops of essential oil (optional) in a bowl and mix well. Spread over the area you wish to clean then rub in lightly with a rag or sponge. Rinse off. Store the extra cleaning solution in a sealed container.
We have a large garden tub that gets grime on it due to bath products we both use often. You can use this mix, or my DIY Homemade Bathtub Cleaner with Vinegar for a quick spray-clean!
Fresh Carpet Cleaner:
We have dogs. And carpet. And you know what that means! So of course I have baking soda ready for quick cleanups.
Just sprinkle baking soda on your carpets, let it sit at least 15 minutes then vacuum it all up. That’s it! It works wonders and it is so inexpensive that if the smell returns, you can do it again without having to call professionals.
This solution is perfect for cleaning dingy grout and again, it’s all natural so you can skip the harsh chemicals! Sprinkle baking soda on all over the grout using your finger to make sure it’s all covered. Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and and spray over the baking soda. Let it sit for a few minutes and bubble. Not too long though or the dirt will settle back in! Use a grout brush to scrub (it will be gross!) then wipe up with rags. Vacuum up the remaining dirt and baking soda then mop as normal.
Homemade Scouring Powder:
A friend sent this recipe to us and it takes only three ingredients. You can use it in place of Ajax or other products along those lines. Just mix together 1 c. borax, 1 c. baking soda and 1/2 c. salt. It’s that easy!
Toilet Bowl Deep Cleaner:
This is great and so simple…especially if you have boys. Yep, YUCK. You only need equal parts baking soda and vinegar. Don’t mix them– you will actually add your vinegar to a spray bottle.
Then, turn off the toilet’s water (the valve under the toilet) then flush the toilet until it no longer fills. Sprinkle baking soda all around the empty toilet bowl.
Finally, spray the vinegar. When it is no longer bubbling, scrub with a toilet brush then let it set for a few hours or overnight. Scrub one more time then turn on the valve and flush the toilet. And that’s it!
For a clean and go option, make ahead these Homemade Toilet Bombs!
Natural Ant Repellent:
Got ants? It seems these pesky guys can pop in just about any time of year! We always have a ton of ants in our garden, but they seem to visit our kitchen now and then!
Sprinkle a mixture of baking soda and powdered sugar around the doorways and/or windows. Ants won’t tolerate the mix, so it makes a good barrier — they will communicate to the rest of the ants to avoid the line and stay outside where they belong! For more, see our Natural Ant Killer post.
All Purpose Cleaner:
Need just a basic cleaner? Follow this simple DIY!
- Baking Soda
- Dawn Dish Soap
- Essential Oils (optional, use preferred)
- 1 Spray Bottle, with attachment
- Rubber Kitchen Gloves
- Measuring Cup
Add 1/2 tsp. dish soap, 1 tsp. baking soda, 2 Tbsp. vinegar, 2 c. water and 3 drops essential oils into a plastic bowl, or funnel ingredients into glass spray bottle.
Close spray bottle and shake gently to combine all ingredients.
Mixture will fizz slightly when vinegar is added. Allow to stop before closing the top of the bottle.
Spray on surface and wipe with clean rag for quick cleanups. For food prep areas, wipe again with clean, wet rag to rinse if desired.
Do not use on wood surfaces or anything you cannot use vinegar on!
If adding essential oils, use only a glass spray bottle, preferably dark tinted.
For more details, head over to see my 5 Homemade Household Cleaners DIY!
Copycat Goo-Gone to Clean Jars!
This one is exciting because the price of Goo-Gone can be very expensive! I love using Mason Jars around the house, especially to get organized at the beginning of the year.
I also like to repurpose old jars like the ones from Classico Pasta Sauce– did you know those are Mason jars?? The cute little pizza sauce size work great for organizing. 😉 The only problem is cleaning the labels off those jars!
Just use 1/3 c. melted coconut oil and 1/3 c. baking soda (or equal parts). Combine both ingredients and store in a covered jar or container. Scrub with a moistened rag and get those jars sparkling clean!
Hope these are helpful DIYs and you can add to your list of homemade cleaners! Enjoy the cleaning, no excuses! 🙂
Clean with Baking Soda- Cleaner Safety
Disclaimer: These homemade cleaners do not claim to provide any prevention of viruses or bacteria; they are for household use and I am just sharing DIYs that have worked for our family for cleaning messes. Always do your homework, and research what will work best for you.
Of course treat any homemade cleaner as you would a commercial cleaner- with skin protection and keeping away from children and pets! 🙂 If you aren’t sure if a cleaner is safe for a specific surface, be sure to look it up first. Thanks for reading!
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