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6 Ways You Can Learn How to Clean With Baking Soda

6 Ways You Can Learn How to Clean With Baking Soda

Baking soda is one of the most versatile ingredients in your kitchen because of the many different ways you can also use it to clean your surfaces and upholstery. Baking soda will help leave your home or office looking cleaner than ever as well as acting as a deodorising agent to leave your space smelling brand new and fresh. 

We’ve put together a list of ways you can use baking soda to make your cleaning process easier and more convenient if you don’t wish to use commercial cleaning products. 

1. Using Baking Soda to Remove Stains

When mixed with water, baking soda is an effective stain remover that you can use on almost any stain to lift the dirt and leave the stained item looking clean and fresh again. 

Mix the baking soda with some water to make a paste and apply it to the stain you wish to remove. You’ll generally be looking at a ratio of 4 tablespoons of baking soda to 60ml of water which will create enough paste to allow you to apply to as many stains as you need. 

Leave the baking soda paste to adsorb into the stain overnight before washing the stained item of clothing in the washing machine. If it’s a stain on a sofa or carpet, leave it to set before wiping it clean. 

Baking soda will work on removing several tough stains from wine spills and food stains to sweat marks. 

2. Using Baking Soda as a Deodoriser 

One of the best uses of baking soda is to eliminate bad odours and leave your home or office smelling fresher than ever, and a great first step to maintaining a positive atmosphere and rejuvenating shoes and items of clothing. 

Bacteria that cause strong-smelling odours often arise from areas where there is a heavy concentration of sweat such as in your shoes and on your shirts. Using baking soda to treat your clothes will help to combat the bacteria in your sweat, enabling you to both clean and deodorise your items. 

It’s as easy as simply sprinkling some baking soda into your shoes and leaving them overnight. When you shake out the baking soda the next day, the smell in your shoes will be gone. 

You can also sprinkle some baking soda into your washing machine to give your clothes a fresher smell and if there are odours on your sofa or carpet, you can apply the baking powder, allowing it to settle before you hoover. 

If you want to add a bit of a sweeter smell to your clothes or furniture, you can add a few drops of vanilla essence or another fragrant oil.

3. Clean an Oven With Baking Soda

Grease is a famously hard substance to eliminate effectively and can often gather in your oven. 

Baking soda is useful for removing any stains left from cooking food in your oven, especially when it comes to eliminating grease and the black residue that can gather on your oven racks. 

Make a baking soda paste with some water and apply liberally to your oven racks and the inside of your oven. After leaving it to rest, for around 12 hours, you will then be able to wipe off the paste which will remove any stains and grease and leave your oven looking brand new. 

You will have to wait around twelve hours for the baking soda paste to work its magic and don’t forget that natural vinegar is a good way to help clean, especially when it comes to wiping down your oven racks and cleaning the glass on the interior of the oven door. 

4.  Using Baking Soda on a Mattress

By nature, beds are often used and we can forget that those odours can gather during the night and leave the bed smelling less fresh than it did before. 

Using baking soda on your mattress will help to eliminate those bad odours without the risk of damaging the fabric by using harsher cleaning chemicals. 

All you have to do is strip your bed and sprinkle some baking soda onto your mattress. Leave it to rest for at least fifteen minutes, giving the baking soda time to absorb the odour-causing bacteria and then hoover the mattress. This will remove the baking soda and leave your bed smelling fresh again. 

If you can, leave your mattress in direct sunlight the heat will help the baking soda to become more effective. Don’t forget that after cleaning and deodorising one side of the mattress, you should flip it over and repeat the process. 

5. How to Clean Carpet With Baking Soda

As mentioned above, baking soda is a useful tool for cleaning carpets, removing tough stains from spillages and allowing the fibres to breathe, releasing trapped bacteria and eliminating foul odours. 

One method is to sprinkle baking soda onto the carpet or rug that needs cleaning and leave it for fifteen to thirty minutes before hoovering. Baking soda works with a variety of greasy and non-greasy stains so whatever the problem, baking soda remains an effective solution. 

If you are applying dry baking soda to your carpet, make sure you blot the stain with a damp cloth to help speed up the process of loosening the dirt.

Sometimes you’ll have to wait for longer than thirty minutes depending on the severity of the stain so make sure you’re cleaning your carpet at the best time possible. This will often be before you sleep or head out of the house for a few hours. This will ensure you are not walking on the carpet and adding more dirt. 

6. Clean a Sink With Baking Soda

Baking soda also works with many different sinks, making it a versatile option for those looking to remove stains from their sinks and leave them clean and brand new.

Baking soda is useful for cleaning ceramic sinks as the mixture is tough enough to scour the surface and lift off any stains. Remember to scrub as hard as possible to make sure the baking soda is being thoroughly applied. 

You can also use baking soda to clean stainless steel sinks. Mix it with vinegar this time and you’ll have a mild cleaning solution that will leave your stainless steel shining. The abrasiveness from the scrubbing process won’t damage or scratch the metal. 

You can even use baking soda to unclog your sink drain. All you have to do is pour boiling water down the drain, followed by a baking soda and vinegar solution and then more boiling water after ten minutes. This should help clear up any grime that was blocking the sink, removing blockages and letting your sink function properly. 

Baking soda is one of the most useful tools in any cleaner’s arsenal, always leaving your surfaces, clothes and appliances looking and smelling fresh and clean without resorting to harsh chemical-based cleaning products, allowing you to protect the environment and save money in the long run.

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