It would blow your mind just how many things you can clean using simple baking soda.Yup, that little box of white powder that sits in your fridge can do a lot more than sit, in the fridge. So, what the heck is this baking soda stuff anyways?
According to Wikipedia:
“Sodium bicarbonate or sodium hydrogen carbonate is the chemical compound with the formula NaHCO3. Sodium bicarbonate is a white solid that is crystalline but often appears as a fine powder. It has a slightly salty, alkaline taste resembling that of washing soda (sodium carbonate). The natural mineral form is nahcolite. It is a component of the mineral natron and is found dissolved in many mineral springs.
Since it has long been known and is widely used, the salt has many related names such as baking soda, bread soda, cooking soda, and bicarbonate of soda. In colloquial usage, its name is shortened to sodium bicarb, bicarb soda, or simply bicarb. The word saleratus, from Latin sal æratus meaning aerated salt, was widely used in the 19th century for both sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate. The term has now fallen out of common usage.”
In other words, it’s a type of salt that is made by mixing two naturally occurring and very safe compounds together: sodium carbonate and carbon dioxide.
It is so versatile that it has uses in cooking, cleaning, medicine, personal hygiene, and putting out grease fires.
So, just for you, my dear, dear friends – I have assembled a list of 10 great cleaning uses for baking soda!
7 Scrub away marks on your wall.
To do this, simply make a 50/50 paste of baking soda and water and find any scuff mark or crayon art on your painted wall, gently rub in and wipe away. You’ll see the marks are gone!
6 Clean and even unclog your smelly sink.
When mixed with vinegar, baking soda can cut through almost anything. Add a cup of baking soda to any drain, let it sit for an hour. Then, boil 2 cups of vinegar and dump it down the drain, run hot water and your drain will not smell anymore, it’s pretty fantastic.
5 Clean your non self-cleaning oven.
If your oven doesn’t clean itself, give the inside a quick spray down with vinegar, toss baking soda overtop and let it sit for 30 minutes. Start scrubbing and you’ll see that no caustic products are required here, baking soda will take care of this tough job on its own.
4 Wash build-up out of your hair.
If you are a hair product junkie, every couple of weeks try this trick. Add a tablespoon of baking soda to your shampoo (I place some in a tissue and add it in after I’ve squeezed out the shampoo) and proceed to wash your hair with baking soda. It scrubs out all the gunk from products and clarifies the hair. The results are amazing!
3 Deodorize your carpets.
If you have a ‘smell’ when you walk in to your home, it’s likely because your carpets (which are like sponges), absorb a lot of dirt, dust, dead skin cells, odours and the like.
If you take a box of baking soda and sprinkle it over your carpets, then vacuum it up 30 minutes later, your room will be deodorized. Your vacuum will also get a clean treatment as a bonus!
2 Baking soda is a great laundry booster.
It helps brighten and deodorize clothing. The next time you do a load of laundry, add in a cup of baking soda and see if you notice the difference. I love this trick!