Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is a chemical compound known for its cooking qualities, however is now increasingly adopting a new role in many households. Cleaning with baking soda is a great way to save money and go green! It is non-toxic - safe for children and pets, and very cheap also.
Baking soda has amazing qualities when it comes to cleaning. A paste of baking soda and a little bit of water can do miracles. In addition to that, a box with baking soda left in a fridge, cupboard or litter box can remove unpleasant odours. In this article I would like to summarize some ideas of objects that could be cleaned with baking soda.
Do you have children? If you do you probably often spend time in the supermarket to read the labels of solutions, soaps, washing powders and try to figure out whether they are appropriate for your children. You will probably be relieved to find out that with baking soda you are not going to have the same problem. You can clean your child’s toys simply by washing them with hot water and baking soda or by damping a cloth in a mix consisting of Â¼ cup of soda and hot water. Don’t forget to rinse with clean hot or lukewarm water after that. You can now make sure the toys are clean and ready to be used again and your child is protected from the toxic and expensive solutions on offer in the supermarkets.
Baking soda is perfect for deodorising the fridge and carpets. Baking soda could be sprinkled in the fibres of the carpet. It will deal with extra moisture and nasty odour. Moisture in carpets promote dust mites who find humid environment the best for breeding purposes. Doing the same on the mattress and upholstery is a great technique.
You can clean various other things by using a paste of soda and water or simply submerging objects in water mixed with soda. One such object could be a comb or a hairbrush. As you know it is hygienic and recommended that such objects are cleaned often especially if used by more than one person. You can use soda when cleaning ashtrays which will help limit the stale smell that lingers on the ashtray.
If you sprinkle soda in your gym bag and wash some of your gym equipment in water mixed with a few tea spoons of soda, this will not only clean it, but also freshen it up. In the same way you can dust some soda in your shoes. This will help deodorize them and will help prevent your feet from sweating. Don’t forget you still need to wash them often, especially in summer. In a similar manner you can clean fishing and camping equipment. Sprinkling baking soda will help reduce the unpleasant odours from your fishing equipment, while washing some of your camping equipment in a mixture of water and soda will help make it look like new.
Clean the coffee maker by scrubbing it thoroughly with a paste made entirely of soda and water. You can also do this with mugs - it will help remove the stale smell of coffee, or any marks. Usually you are supposed to often change the sponges in your home for hygienic reasons, but if you want to make sure all unpleasant odours and dirty bits are removed from the sponges you use - you can soak them in quarter of water and adding 4 tablespoons of soda. You will still need to change them often, but you can make sure that in the mean time they are fresh and clean.
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