Clients are often surprised when we tell them that we use baking soda for cleaning. The things is that it is such a common ingredient in our pantries, yet not many people are aware of the natural cleaning properties it has. In fact, it has been around for thousands of years, even though people really started focus on its cleaning properties since 1970s. For example, do you know that in 1976 baking soda was used to rejuvenate the Statue of Liberty in occasion of the bicentennial celebration?
For all of the above reasons, and for the fact that baking soda is indeed a natural cleaning agent (so extremely befitting our company mission), we wanted to highlight a few interesting ways we can use it to clean our homes. Here are 6 baking soda uses for cleaning.
1. Revamp a foul-smelling fridge
Strong cheese smell? A nasty after note that salmon left behind a while ago? Mold grown around those hidden bottom corners? No worries, baking soda comes to the rescue: it will absorb foul or smelly odors, and give you back that natural fresh smelling fridge you had before. Pour at least a cup of baking soda into an open container and leave it react with the bad food molecules for 3 weeks. It will absorb them and neutralize the bad notes, turning those odors into foul-less, neutral sodium salts. Make sure you change it after the 3 weeks, or it will start smelling itself!
2. Remove stains from coffee cups and tea mugs
We all know how hard it is to resist a warm cup of coffee or mug of tea, especially during the cold winter months. The problem is that you always end up with those darkened cups. No matter what you try it is impossible to revert them back to their original white state. Hot water, repeated dish washing cycles, scrubbing... nothing will work. Enters our beloved baking soda. Just sprinkle 1/2 tablespoons of it in the wet interior of your cup, then scrub. You will be amazed at how easy it is.
3. Oven and Microwave cleaning
This one is a blessing! And let's speak honestly: we all hate cleaning our ovens from those nasty, crusty food residues. A piece of advise: if you have something really stuck and dried, you may want to soften it up with some warm water first. Then, and here is where the magic happens, sprinkle some baking soda on a damp sponge and make your way scrubbing. It will be easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
4. Sponge Disinfection
OK, so you have now cleaned the oven, and are left with a smelly greasy sponge. Guess what, our baking soda will treat that too. All you have to do is soak the sponge with 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1/2 cup of warm water. Let it soak for about half hour and you're done. We advice to do this regularly so that you can considerably extend the sponge life span.
5. Carpet Deodorizer
Scatter a bit of baking soda on your carpet and let it work for 20 minutes, then vacuum it thoroughly. The benefit of using it this way is twofold: first of all, of course, you will remove any malodorous agent from the carpet, effectively bringing it back to life. Secondly, you will also deodorize your own vacuum as the baking soda will keep acting as odor absorber while within the vacuum. Don't forget to empty the vacuum bag regularly to ensure effectiveness.
6. Wall washing
Problems with signed, marked, stained walls? Did your children mistake it for a blank sheet of paper and unload the whole power of their crayons on it? You will erase everything with the help of a damp sponge, sprinkled with 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda. All you have to do is scrub gently in circular motions.