Some products are essential in a house, notably liquid dish soap and vinegar, but few are as polyvalent as our beloved baking soda. It helps you make great cakes and pastries, and most people use it to eliminate bad odours in their fridge. It can even be used it the creation of homemade toothpaste and deodorant, help treat heartburns, treat calluses, whiten laundry and the list goes on. No, but it really does. It can polish silverware, clean fruits and vegetables, extinguish grease fire, kill weeds, deodorize shoes… You get the picture.
But more importantly, baking soda is your best friend when it comes to cleaning the house! This almost magic product can help you accomplish a ton of household cleaning tasks. Here are 15 baking soda cleaning hacks to discover.
1. Deodorize your garbage
The diaper garbage and the garbage in the kitchen often have a tendency of accumulating bad odours because of what’s in them. Thankfully, you can deodorize them by sprinkling some baking soda at the bottom. This product absorbs bad odours so you don’t have to smell them.
2. Clean your sofa
If your sofa does not smell as fresh as when you first bought it, you can always sprinkle a bit of baking soda between the cushions. After, vacuum the area to remove the excess powder.
3. Clean your pipes
Did you know you could clean your pipes with the help of this product? All you have to do is mix it with vinegar. Not only does this clean your pipes, but it always balances the pH of your septic tank.
4. Make your bathroom shine
You can clean and make your bath sparkle by making a paste composed of baking soda and water. You can also use this trick for your sink.
5. Scour your washing machine
It is normal that with time, dirt accumulates in your washing machine. You can fix this problem by pouring a mix of 180 g of baking soda and 250 ml vinegar in your machine. After, simply turn your appliance on for 1 cycle to rinse it.
6. Clean your coffee maker
Baking soda can also help you clean your coffee maker. To do this, put 45 g of baking soda in 1 L of water. Pour this mix into the glass container of your coffee maker and leave it aside for a whole night.
7. Clean your burnt pan
If your pots and pans are burned, you can easily clean them with a small amount of baking soda and a bit of hot water. Now, you won’t need to scrub them for many hours to remove the grime.
8. Make your chrome objects shine
To polish chrome, take a dry lint-free cloth and sprinkle some baking soda on it. After, scrub it against the chrome to make it shine.
9. Polish silver
Why not use some baking soda to polish your silver as well as your silver jewellery? Here is how to do it:
- Make a paste with baking soda and water.
- Scrub the paste on your silver or on your jewellery with your fingers or with a supple hairbrush.
- Rinse your silver and tap them with a clean and dry soft cloth to dry them.
10. Keep your flowers longer
It is so fun to receive flowers, especially when they last a long time. Know that you can make them last longer by pouring 1 teaspoon of baking soda in the vase.
11. Eliminate bad odours in your shoes
Do your shoes smell bad because of perspiration? You can fix this problem by sprinkling some baking soda in them. It will absorb the bad odours.
12. Say goodbye to stuffy odours in your drawers
Our furniture sometimes has a tendency of smelling stuffy, especially if we buy them in antique shops. Thankfully, it is easy to eliminate these weird odours by putting a bit of this product in the drawers.
13. Unblock your pipes
You can also unblock your pipes by mixing vinegar and the powder, and then pouring both of them in the sink or another blocked place. It is a natural way (and affordable) to unblock your pipes.
14. Replace baking powder
If you don’t feel like putting some baking powder in your cake recipes, note that baking soda is a good alternative!
15. Wash your fruits and vegetables
It often happens that fruits and veggies are put in contact with chemical products, notably pesticides before they end up in your shopping cart. You can address this problem by washing them with baking soda. To do this, fill your sink with water and wash your fruits and veggies with the powder.