Just like vinegar, baking soda is one of my all time favorite natural cleaners. Since I have 2 kiddos running around I’m very careful about what cleaners I allow into my home. I don’t want them exposed to harmful chemicals! Baking soda is such an inexpensive product and has so many wonderful uses and actually WORKS!
10 Ways to Clean with Baking Soda
1. Homemade Drain Opener: This is one of my favorites, I use this all the time and on occasion, add citrus peels to it just to add a little scent into the mix. Pour 1/2 c. of baking soda then 1/2 c. vinegar down the clogged drain. Cover with a wet cloth, wait 5 minutes, uncover then flush out with hot, hot water.
2. Oven Cleaner: This cleaner is AMAZING! Plus, no more harsh chemical oven cleaners that take your breath away. This works great and it’s much better for your health. Simply spray down your oven with water so that the whole thing is wet 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.
3. Soft Scrub Shower/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.
4. Fresh Carpet Cleaner: 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.
5. Grout Cleaner: 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.
6. 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!
7. Toilet Bowl Cleaner: This is great and so simple…especially if you have boys. Yep, YUCK. You only need 1 c. baking soda and 1 c. vinegar in a spray bottle. 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 toilet bowl then 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!
8. Natural Ant Repellent: Got ants? Sprinkle a mixture of baking soda and powdered sugar around the doorways and/or windows. The ants will eat the mix and well, they won’t feel so well. Problem solved.
9. All Purpose Cleaner: Need just a basic cleaner? Just mix baking soda with other natural cleaners and get the job done! 1/2 tsp. dish soap, 1 tsp. baking soda, 2 Tbsp. vinegar, 2 c. water and 3 drops essential oils. Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and keep handy for every day cleaning.
10. Goo-Gone: This one is exciting because the price of Goo-Gone can be very expensive! 1/3 c. melted coconut oil and 1/3 c. baking soda. Combine both ingredients and store in a covered jar or container.
Enjoy the cleaning, no excuses! 🙂
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