Baking soda is a cheap and effective way to clean naturally. Here are 13 ways to clean with baking soda throughout your home.
Baking Soda: An All Natural Cleaner
Baking soda is a white, odorless powder also known as sodium bicarbonate. Used in baking as a leavening agent, baking soda also makes a great natural cleaner. When combined with lemon juice or vinegar, baking soda fizzes and foams to form a gentle abrasive cleaner.
Baking soda is one of my favorite “go to” cleaners. It is powerful yet non-toxic. I buy a 13.5 pound bag from Costco and it will easily last me a good 9 months to a year. I use it almost every day. It costs pennies to clean with.
How to Clean with Baking Soda
For cleaning a bathtub, sink or other hard surface, I liberally sprinkle the baking soda directly on the surface. Then I sprinkle water or vinegar on it and rub it in with a rag. Depending on how tough the grime is will depend on how long I let it set. If it is a greasy pot, I soak it overnight. For a bathtub or toilet, I apply the baking soda first before cleaning any other part of the bathroom and then rinse it last.
Here are 13 ways to clean your home with baking soda:
In The Kitchen:
- Pots and pans: generously sprinkle baking soda in bottom of pan. Sprinkle some hot water in the bottom and let sit 15 minutes. If the pan is exceptionally grimy soak overnight.
- All purpose cleaner: for counters and appliances simply mix 4 Tablespoons of baking soda with one quart of warm water.
- Garbage can odors: add 1 to 2 teaspoons in bottom of garbage can or garbage bag to help prevent smelly trash.
- Fresh smelling refrigerator: place baking soda in a small bowl and place in your refrigerator to help absorb strong odors.
- Fruit and veggie wash: in a clean sink or wash tub, combine 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup vinegar to 1/2 cup baking soda. Place fruit and veggies in wash. Wash and rinse thoroughly.
In The Bathroom:
- Tub and shower cleaner: sprinkle tub or shower generously with baking soda. With a wet rag or sponge, gently rub in baking soda. If needed, let sit while cleaning rest of bathroom and rinse thoroughly.
- Toilet bowl cleaner: add 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup white vinegar to toilet bowl. It will get fizzy. Let stand 10 minutes or overnight, scrub with toilet brush and flush!
In The Laundry:
- For brighter laundry: add one cup of baking soda to wash. Baking soda is great for heavily soiled items such as towels or greasy work pants.
In The Rest of The House:
- Freshen carpets: generously sprinkle baking soda over carpets and rugs. Let stand 15 minutes to absorb pet odors and then vacuum.
- Kitty litter box: sprinkle generously on top of kitty litter to help absorb odors and make kitty litter last longer.
- Freshen pet bed: sprinkle generously with baking soda. Wait 15 to 20 minutes and vacuum up.
- Clogged drains: pour 1/2 cup baking soda, followed by 1/2 cup vinegar into drain. Wait 15 to 30 minutes and flush with hot water.
- Freshen linen closets: to prevent musty smells, add a bowl of baking soda on a shelf or floor in your linen closet. Change out every three months.
It is great to clean using all natural gluten free products, such as baking soda. Baking soda is a pantry essential in our pantry so it’s always on hand. I also love to clean naturally using vinegar. Do you clean naturally? Leave me a comment below and let me know what your favorite cleaner is.
From my happy, healthy home to yours,