One of the most versatile green cleaners that you probably already have in your kitchen pantry is baking soda. It can be used on many, many things from deodorizing to scrubbing and everything in-between. Read on to find out some great ways to use baking soda as a green cleaner in your home.
Give the Dishwasher a Boost
Really crusty dishes or even just hard water can be difficult for your dish washer to produce sparkling dishes. Instead of trying extra dishwashing detergent, which will leave a filmy residue, add a teaspoon of baking soda. The baking soda will soften the water and give a boost to the detergent.
If your dishwasher is smelling a little funky, sprinkle a light layer of baking soda on the bottom of the machine between loads and run the dishwasher empty.
Freshen the Carpet
Deodorize and freshen the carpet and whole room by sprinkling a bit of baking soda on the carpet. Allow the baking soda to sit for at least 15 minutes to absorb odors and other dirt and yuck, then vacuum as normal. The carpet and air in the entire room will be fresh and new. Make it even better by mixing in a few drops of your favorite essential oil before you sprinkle it. We recommend lavender.
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Clean Up Drains and Garbage Disposals
Sprinkle some baking soda in your drains or garbage disposal and let sit for a few minutes to several hours. When you feel the baking soda has had ample time to work pour in some vinegar and then run the hot water to get out odor causing gunk and grime.
Create a Safer Scrub
Just add a few drops of water to baking soda and you have got a gentle scrub that won’t scratch. Try it on surfaces like porcelain sinks, ceramic tile, and more. You can even add essential oil to it.
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Clean the Fridge in a Snap
Got some crusty food spills that are going to require a little elbow grease? Use baking soda and water (no added scents) to get the fridge looking great again.
Take on the Toilet
Sprinkle some baking soda into the toilet bowl and allow it to sit for around 15 minutes and then scrub away the gunk. For extra stubborn toilet yuck add some vinegar in.
Give Your Laundry Soap a Little Help
Get rid of dingy laundry by adding a ½ to a full cup of baking soda to the laundry. It will boost the cleaning power of your soap and clothes will come out cleaner and even softer.