Normally baking soda is one of the main ingredients in baking cakes (mmm cake) but other than cakes baking soda can be used for a variety of purposes around the home, below is a sample of what baking soda can do. If you are looking for a non-toxic abrasive then look no more, baking soda has you covered.
A box of baking soda will soon become your new best friend whether your cleaning everyday mess or doing a spring / deep clean, using baking soda will help save money and is a great alternative to harsh chemicals.
Just a quick heads up there’s a difference between baking powder and baking soda, make sure to grab the baking soda for these tips and tricks.
1. Eliminate bin odors
Emptied the bin and has a strange smell lingering, yeah we have all been there, well simply just shake a small amount of baking soda into the bin once or twice a week to absorb and eliminate odors.
2. Clean your stainless-steel sink
Baking soda is great for cleaning your sink it softly cleans without scratching the stainless-steel, all you need to do is make a paste of white vinegar and baking soda, soak the solution up in a soft sponge or some paper towels and clean down your sink.
3. Cooker hob cleaner
Grubby cooker hob from spilt over food then pour some baking soda directly onto the hob and leave for about 5 minutes, after 5 minutes get a damp cloth or sponge and scrub the hob gently then rinse off and wipe down.
4. Remove soap scum
Use baking soda to remove soap scum from your sink and bathtub with ease, sprinkle some baking soda onto a damp cloth, and scrub away, for those particular stubborn soap scum marks, mix the baking soda with some white vinegar to make a paste, which you can then apply to the stain and let it sit for a minute or two then continue to scrub.
5. Grout cleaner
Clean the grout in your kitchen, bathroom or shower. Grout can get really grubby and can let down a really clean bathroom, but not to worry, good old baking soda is here to the rescue. First off we need to make a paste with lemon juice and baking soda, and grab a toothbrush or scrubbing brush and work the paste into the grout lines let it sit for 5 – 10 minutes and then wipe off.
6. Need a drawer freshener
Yep you got it, baking soda is a great odor eliminator, so will do this job perfectly for you, all you need to do is grab a sock, this is where those odd socks you have been collecting comes in handy, fill it with some baking soda tie it up and place into your drawer. Nice and easy.
7. Deodorise your mattress
During the summer when its hot outside, we sweat a lot on our beds, we then throw our bedding into the wash but have you thought about that sweat going through to our mattresses, I know not a pleasant thought but it happens, but fear not your new best friend is here to save you, first vacuum the mattress then grab the baking soda and sprinkle it over the mattress surface, let the baking soda sit for at least 30 minutes then thoroughly vacuum it off.
8. Neutralise Battery Corrosion
Due to its alkaline properties you can use baking soda to neutralise battery acid corrosion on cars, motorbikes, lawn mowers etc. To clean your battery terminals first we need to mix up a paste using a 3:1 ratio of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water, disconnect the battery and apply the paste with a damp cloth give the terminals a little scrub to get rid of the corrosion.
9. Homemade Chrome Polisher
Chrome cleaner can get fairly expensive especially if you have a lot of chrome to clean (looking at you Harley Davidson Owners here) then a quick easy and inexpensive way of creating chrome cleaner is by mixing baking soda and water to make a paste, apply the paste to the chrome with a wet cloth, rinse and dry off.
10. Odor control for the litter tray
As you have probably guessed by now baking soda is a pretty good odor destroyer, so why not use it in your cat litter tray, it won’t hurt your precious kitty but will make your room smell a bit fresher. Simply add a layer of baking soda into the bottom of the cat tray before you add the kitty litter and when you cat does his/her business and bury it they will dig up some of the baking soda which in turn will cover up their smell.
This is just a small number of uses for baking soda, its really a wonderful product that everyone should always have in their cupboards.
As always we love to hear if you have used any of these tips or have any other uses for baking soda, please do comment below.