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Great Tips for Cleaning With Baking Soda

Natural green cleaning in your home is not only great for the environment, but healthy for your family.  Here are some ways that you can use baking soda to clean your home:

A bowl of baking soda in your fridge will help remove excess moisture and absorb odors.

Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge for cleaning out your refrigerator and benchtops without scratching.

Dissolve a couple of tablespoons of baking soda in water in a microwave safe bowl, then bring to the boil in your microwave. Allow to sit for a minute or two, then wipe to remove any baked on stains.

Sprinkling baking soda in the bottom of garbage bags will help control odors.

To clean your dishwasher thoroughly, run it through a cycle and use baking soda instead of detergent.

Baking soda can be thrown on stove fires to extinguish the flames. The carbon dioxide generated when the powder burns starves the fire of oxygen.

Wash chemicals and pesticides off fruits and vegetables in a pot filled with water and 3 – 4 tablespoons of baking soda added.

Anywhere that moisture is a problem, such as cupboards under sinks, place a bowl of baking soda to help control humidity. You’ll need to occasionally stir the powder for maximum effective life.

Apply a baking soda and water paste on an old toothbrush and lightly brush crayon marks off of walls.

Water stains on wooden floors can be removed with a sponge dampened in a solution of baking soda dissolved in water.

Sprinkle some baking soda into your vacuum bag to help reduce musty/pet smells being spread throughout your house when vacuuming.

Sprinkle baking soda on rugs and carpets before vacuuming as a deodorizing treatment. Most carpet powders you buy are baking soda based.  (Not recommended for areas that are very humid as the baking soda may stay in the carpet).

Soak your mop in a mixture of 4 tablespoons baking soda and a gallon of water to minimize smell.

Stains on porcelain sinks, toilets and plastics can be removed by applying a layer of baking soda and then using a damp sponge.

To clear blocked drains, throw a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a couple of jugs of boiling water.

Baking soda can deter ants by pouring a solid line in areas of activity and they won’t cross it.

Mix a tablespoon of baking soda, a teaspoon of dish detergent and a gallon of water to make a spray for treating roses against black spot fungus.

Work a baking soda and water paste onto clothes prior to washing to help remove stains from the fabric.

Half a cup of baking soda added to a full load of washing will help brighten your wash and remove odors.

Mix a paste of baking soda and vinegar and apply with a pot scourer to remove light rusting.

A baking soda and water paste applied to chrome surfaces will leave chrome shining!

Baking soda applied to fresh grease and oil spills on your garage floor will draw away the oil, which can then be scraped off.

Baking soda lightly sprinkled and mixed into cat litter will help control odor.

Eliminate odor after you’ve cleaned up pet accidents by sprinkling over the dampened area with baking soda.  Allow to dry and then vacuum.

Filling up some old socks with baking soda and place into shoes overnight will help remove foot odors.

A thick paste of baking soda and water applied to bug bites can provide relief.

A half teaspoon of baking soda mixed into a glass of water can act as mouthwash.

Sprinkle baking soda onto regular toothpaste to create a whitening toothpaste.

To clean jewelry, use a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water.  Rinse off and then polish with a soft cloth.


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