Cleaning with baking soda is super easy, inexpensive and eco-friendly, it ticks all the boxes! Let’s start with what baking soda actually is. Baking soda is a mineral compound made from sodium, hydrogen and oxygen molecules. In other words it’s a weak base which helps dirt and grease dissolve when mixed with water. When it reacts with an acid i.e. vinegar it fizzles and bubbles which helps in the cleaning process. Be sure not to store baking soda and vinegar together as it could explode! Baking soda also has other names e.g. bread soda, cooking soda, bicarbonate of soda, sodium bicarbonate, bicarb soda, or simply bicarb and it should NOT be confused with washing soda or baking powder.
This salt is an absolute god send and should be a staple in everyone’s household. Not only is it wonderful for baking delicious treats, you can use it clean and deodorise! Now enough about what baking soda is and more of how you can use this versatile concoction! Here are 10 baking soda cleaning hacks for pretty much every room in your house.
1. Floor cleaner
Add half a cup of baking soda to a mop bucket – mop and rinse with clean water. Pop in some essential oils (10-15 drops) to add a nice scent and disinfectant depending on which essential oil you use (lemon, lemongrass or peppermint are common oils used for cleaning). You can also add half a cup of vinegar if you don’t mind the smell, it will make cleaning a lot easier!
2. Bathroom cleaner
In the bathroom baking soda can be used to scrub soap scum in the shower/ bath tub, remove grout or clean the toilet.
Cleaning grout – scatter some baking soda along the grout lines, spray with some water and leave for about 10 mins. Scrub with a toothbrush or cleaning brush then wipe away. Add lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide for an extra boost!
Shower/ bath scrub – pop some baking soda into a damp towel/ sponge and rub the the tub/ shower floor. and watch the gunk disppear. Spray the surface with some vinegar first if you have some handy. It literally took me no more than 10 mins to clean my shower floor in the photo below!
3. Kitchen cleaner
In the kitchen this magic dust can unclog your drain, clean your sink, oven/ stove, microwave and deodorise that smelly dishrag.
Unclog drain – pour 1 cup of baking soda into the sink and follow with 1 cup vinegar, let it sit for a couple of minutes then flush down with some boiling hot water and watch your drain clear up. If this doesn’t work try adding half a cup of salt and let it sit overnight if you can, then flush again with hot water. If neither of these work, you might need to call in a plumber!
Oven cleaner – spray a mixture of vinegar and lemon juice onto your oven floor and throw on some baking soda. Let the mixture soak for about 30 minutes and then scrub away.
Stove top cleaner – toss some baking soda on the grimey bits, spray some vinegar or water on top, wait 5-10 minutes and wipe with a cloth. You can apply the same to clean the microwave.
Deodorise that dishrag – soak your smelly rag in the sink/ bucket with some baking soda and warm water, the baking soda will disinfect and get rid of the smell.
4. Fresh produce wash
Who knows what is lingering on the surface of your produce. To be safe soak your fruit and veggies in some baking soda for 12-15 mins then rinse and store.
5. Wall cleaner
Due to the useful gentle abraisive property it can remove dirt, scuff or crayon marks from your walls. Mix 1:1 part baking soda and water, apply to the mark and carefully wipe it off. Magic!
6. BBQ cleaner
Scatter baking soda on the top of your BBQ, let is sit for 10-15 minutes, scrub with a brush or a lemon. Rinse with water and wipe down.
7. Deodoriser/ freshener
Carpets absorb all sorts of things, which can sometimes lead to some unpleasant odours. Sprinkle some baking soda over your carpet, let it sit for about 30 minutes and then vacuum it all up. This should freshen up your carpets.
To absorb ordour and keep smells at bay in your drawers/ closet, place some baking soda in an old sock, cloth bag or open jar.
For an air freshener mix some water, baking soda and your choice of essential oil into a spray bottle to freshen the air in the room.
8. Jar label remover
Make a 1:1 paste with baking soda and coconut oil/ olive oil and smother all over the jar label. Let the oil and baking soda do it’s magic and scrub off after 15 – 20 mins, the longer you leave it the easier it will be to remove. You can scrub off with a brush or rub off with your fingers.
9. Menstrual cup cleaner
Don’t know how many of you own one of these, but it’s been the best decision I’ve made! More on that another day though…so baking soda can be used for this. Just put a tablespoon of baking soda into your designated mestural cup jar/ bowl and pour in hot water, let it sit until water is cool enough to touch and then empty out the water. This will disinfect and deordorise between uses.
10. Bug repellent
Scatter baking soda along the doorways or window sills to deter cockroaches, ants and other creepy crawlies from entering your home.
I hope this was helpful for you. I would love to know what your nifty uses for baking soda are. If you try any of these out, let me know in the comments below..Happy cleaning!