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There have been plenty of times in my life where I’ve been too broke to get all the different cleaning products I need. In one of those times I started looking for cheap ways I could clean my house. This is when I stumbled upon the natural cleaning power of baking soda.
Our mothers and grandmothers have used baking soda for years but as with all things consumerism we’ve gotten away from using this powerful and cheap product for cleaning. That is until we suddenly realize all the ways we can clean with it.
Today, I’m going through all the different ways I can clean my house with baking soda and save loads of money. Some of these you may have heard of some maybe not.
Baking Soda destroys smells instead of just covering them up. It’s all natural which means it’s safe to use around pets and children. Additionally, it doesn’t discolor fabrics making it great for carpets, furniture, clothing, bedding and more.
A word of warning when using baking soda around your animals. Dogs especially should not eat baking soda as it can be harmful to them. Make sure your dog is safe before cleaning floors or furniture with baking soda.
Cleaning with baking soda is fine but make sure to keep it away from your animals water or food. Use caution and make sure you clean up baking soda with vacuuming or wiping up extra with hot water to avoid your pets accidentally ingesting baking soda.
Alright let’s get into our list of awesome ways to use baking soda to clean.
1. Carpet Cleaner
Baking soda works wonders in deodorizing your carpet and cleaning it. It’s great for getting rid of cat and dog smells and even cleaning up stains.
Always try a patch area first to avoid discoloration though I have never had an issue with baking soda discoloring anything.
When I need to clean my carpets I sprinkle baking soda in 2 foot by 2 foot square sections and then use a dry scrub brush to push it into the carpet and spread it around. I do this throughout the entire room and then I vacuum.
For stains baking soda with a little bit of dish soap works wonders in removing the stain. Create a paste and scrub it into the stain dab with a wet cloth and vacuum once dry.
2. Loosening baked on Food
Getting baked or burnt food off your glass baking dishes usually requires several rounds of soaking and a lot of scrubbing. Not with baking soda.
Place the glassware in the sink and sprinkle baking soda in the pan. Fill the pan with super hot water and let sit until the water has cooled enough that you can start washing. Simply use the scrubby side of a sponge or your green scrubby and wipe out the pan with the water in it.
Drain the pan and wash with dish soap or put it in the dishwasher. Your pan is sparkling clean and you spend barely any time scrubbing.
3. Clean your bathroom
I sprinkle baking soda in the tub, sink, counter tops, and toilet. Pour a bit of vinegar in the toilet and let it sit. Wipe down countertops, then the sink, and finally the inside of the tub. Pour some vinegar down the drains and run hot water to help clear the drains.
Finally scrub the toilet with a toilet brush and wipe it down. Throw the rag in the wash and your bathroom is sparkling.
4. Clean your floors
While I do not recommend cleaning hard wood with baking soda, tile and linoleum can easily be cleaned with baking soda. Baking soda works great on grout and shines up your flooring well when rinsed properly with warm water.
For grout simply sprinkle baking soda onto the section you are working on and spray with vinegar. Let sit and foam while you start working on another section. Scrub with scrub brush or old toothbrush. Then rinse with a rag and hot water.
My trick to cleaning tile and linoleum is sprinkle baking soda and use warm water to scrub over floor. Next take a rag with either warm water or dish soap mixed with hot water to wash the floor.
5. Add baking soda to your wash
My 2 year old, Lucas, has accidents from time to time. As we all know it can be difficult to get rid of urine smell. I use baking soda to clean bedding and in all his loads of laundry to add an extra boost of cleaning power.
I add a few sprinkles of baking soda to loads of laundry with regular laundry detergent. It removes stains and odors with just one wash.
I also use a sprinkle or two in our own laundry now just for an extra boost of cleaning power.
6. Clean your Mattress
Once monthly I clean our mattress with baking soda. Simply sprinkle baking soda over the mattress top and then scrub in with a dry scrub brush. Next you vacuum the top.
Doing this monthly keeps your mattress clean and odor free. I go one step further and clean my mattress an additional time after any type of sickness in the house. It’s my way of making sure sickness doesn’t spread from one individual to the next and killing germs in common places of use.
7. Clean your Furniture
In our house our furbabies are allowed on the furniture. Unfortunately this means fur and odor will end up on our sofa and chairs. Simply sprinkle baking soda on give the cushions and chairs a quick scrub and vacuum off.
If you have stains on your furniture from children or cats simply make a paste of baking soda and dish soap. Scrub on the stains and let sit for a few minutes then scrub the paste off by wiping with a damp cloth.
8. Clean your entire kitchen
I use baking soda to clean my entire kitchen and will never switch. My reasoning for this is because I know that when I clean my kitchen with baking soda if I miss wiping up a spot the baking soda will not harm my family like other harsh cleaning products will.
I sprinkle baking soda all over my countertops, stove top, in the fridge and freezer, and even clean my stainless steel sink with it. I’ll spray the baking soda with vinegar and let it sit for a few minutes then wipe it up with a hot wet rag.
For more ideas on cleaning check out my post The Most Efficient Cleaning Schedule.
I absolutely love how easy it is to clean with baking soda. I love that it’s an inexpensive way to clean your house and it doesn’t leave behind any chemical smell at all.
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