4 Ways to Clean Your House Using Baking Soda
You’ve probably used it to help your cakes rise, but did you know that baking soda is a fantastic household cleaning product too? Here are a few surprising ways you can use baking soda to keep your home squeaky clean.
The kitchen is known for greasy, gunky messes. And the oven and microwave seem to be the epicentres of most of the gunk and grime. Rather than going straight in with a sponge, sprinkle some baking soda on the mess and spray with water and vinegar. Leave it for a few minutes, then wipe it away with a damp cloth. Ta-da! Clean appliances with zero fuss!
Note: never use baking soda on glass (oven doors, microwave doors) or stainless steel, as it is slightly abrasive and may leave tiny scratches.
Household drains are supposed to do one thing… drain liquid. But as we all know, drains can easily become clogged with hair, food scraps, grease—you name it! But before you call the local plumber, give this a shot. Pour half a cup of baking soda down the affected drain, let it sit for a few minutes, then follow up with some hot water and vinegar. With any luck, your pipes should be nice and clear!
Baking soda is mildly abrasive, making it a worthy adversary for stains of all kinds. Blackened grout? Scrub with baking soda and water. Hard water stains in the shower? Scrub with baking soda and water. Reusable containers stained red with your favourite pasta sauce? You guessed it—scrub with baking soda and water. Even the nastiest of stains are no match for this powerful, abrasive powder!
Is your fridge smelling a little ripe? Or is your rubbish bin putting off an offensive odour? Time to reach for the baking soda! Simply pop an open box of baking soda in your fridge door or at the bottom of your bin (place the rubbish bag on top), and let it do its thing. In no time, your bin/fridge will smell as fresh as a daisy. Just replace the box as needed!
Bonus Tip: You’ve just finished cooking up a delicious dinner, and you have a heap of oil and butter in the bottom of your pan. You shouldn’t pour it down the sink, and you don’t want to pour it in your bin and make a mess—what should you do? Add some baking soda to your pan, and it will absorb the runny oil, creating an easy-to-dispose-of clump!