Cleaning is a chore that not many of us can escape. Unless you have a maid, chances are you would have to clean every once in a while unless you enjoy living in filth!
A regular household would have a closetful of cleaning arsenal - brooms, brushes, vacuum cleaner, mops, sponges, cloths, detergents, soaps, gels… and the list goes on. And don’t forget there are also separate cleaning liquids and sprays for the kitchen, bathroom, toilet, glass surfaces and windows. What do all of these add up to? A lot of money!
These cleaning products also tend to contain a lot of chemicals and these chemicals may not be the best for our health. These chemicals can be toxic and although they may do their jobs, in the long run, a less toxic alternative may be the best bet. So what we all should be looking for is something that is economical and safer to use. And for that we have… baking soda!
Baking soda or bicarbonate of soda is an amazing product that can be used not only for baking, but also for cleaning and deodorising. Below are just a few examples of how you can use this versatile product.
De-greasing stove tops
If your stove top is greasy and could do with a thorough cleaning then this will help tremendously. Just mix some baking soda with a little water and use it to wipe your stove tops. Apply as much of the mixture as you need but you won’t believe how clean your stove will be with minimal effort! Don’t forget to use a wet washcloth to remove all the baking soda residue though as it may feel a little gritty otherwise. You can also use this to clean the tiles behind your stove which may be suffering from oil splatters.
Keeping the fridge fresh
Keeping a bowl of baking soda in your fridge can help to neutralise and keep those funky smells at bay. Just make sure you change it at least once a month.
Cleaning cutting boards
You will need a lemon for this.
Sprinkle some baking soda on a cutting board surface. Cut a lemon in half and using the cut side, scrub the surface of the cutting board. Rinse and dry as usual. This will leave your cutting board clean and smelling fresh.
Freshening up rugs and carpets
Sprinkle some baking soda (don’t be too heavy handed with this) over your rugs or carpets and leave overnight. Vacuum and voila! Fresh and clean rugs with minimum fuss. Another plus point is that it will also neutralise the smells (if any) coming from your vacuum cleaner.
Removing flask odours
Sometimes we (okay, me!) forget to clean a flask immediately and by the time you get to it, it seems to have absorbed the smell of the last thing it contained. And scrub as you may, the smell still lingers. A quick and easy fix is to put a few teaspoons of baking soda in the flask and add hot water. Leave this for a while for the baking soda to do its magic. After about an hour or so, wash the flask as you normally would. No more bad smells! This works on food containers too.
Scrubbing the toilet
This is a simple and easy way to clean your toilets. Just pour some vinegar into the toilet bowl and then add some baking soda. The baking soda will fizz and this is essentially it scrubbing the toilet bowl for you. Once the fizzing has settled down, flush the toilet. And you’re done.
So yes, baking soda is more than just for baking. The examples given are just a few of the ways that this product can be used to clean, deodorise, and essentially make cleaning easier and safer (less toxic) for you and your household. It is also a lot cheaper than most cleaning products out there. So give it a go and let us know how you get on!