When we think of baking soda two things come to mind, cakes and the box that has been in your refrigerator for months. Yes it helps produce some of your favorite sweet treats, but cleaning with baking soda is also popular.
Formally known as sodium bicarbonate, baking Soda is a leavening agent used in baked goods like cakes, muffins, and cookies. It’s a white crystalline powder that is naturally alkaline.
The “magic” of baking soda happens when it is activated by combining it with both an acidic ingredient and a liquid. When it’s activated, carbon dioxide is produced, which allows baked goods to rise and become light and fluffy.But, this isn’t a baking tutorial. We’re talking about cleaning with baking soda, also deodorizing (remember the box in the fridge). We’ve put together our list of cleaning and alternative uses for baking soda.
Refresh Your Fridge
Remove the top from the box of baking soda and place it in the refrigerator to help absorb strong food odors. But, don’t forget to replace it after about 30 days. Oh yeah, since it has absorbed odors for months, don’t use for baking. Throw it out… it’s done its job.
Scrub Kitchen Surfaces
Nearly everything in your kitchen can benefit from cleaning with baking soda. Combine it with water to clean countertops, stainless steel sinks, microwaves, range hoods and cooking utensils.
Freshen Your Sponges
Sponges can get pretty nasty… So soak them in 4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm water. But remember, you should still throw away sponges every two to three weeks, depending on how much use they get.
Rid The Bathroom of Mildew
Combine equal parts lemon juice and distilled white vinegar. Add baking soda to form a paste. Scrub your tile grout with a brush (an old toothbrush is perfect). Let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with water.
Stove Top Cleaner
Pour baking soda directly onto the stove surface and let sit for 5 minutes. Wipe with a damp sponge, scrubbing gently. Wipe clean with soft cloth.
Clean The Microwave
Microwave cleaning with baking soda can help remove stuck-on food. Apply baking soda to a damp sponge and scrub the interior of the microwave.
Deodorize Your Mattress
First vacuum your mattress. Sprinkle baking soda over the entire mattress surface and let it sit for 30 minutes. Vacuum thoroughly. We forgot to mention to remove the sheets. But, you probably already figured that out.
Cleaning with baking soda doesn’t just mean surfaces. Clean the air. Mix water, baking soda and a drop of your favorite essential oil together to make a room spray.
Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and lightly rub the sponge on walls and to remove dirt. Wipe dry with a clean cloth.
Remove Cabinet Gunk
Without regular cleaning, kitchen cabinets collect a lot of grease and dirt. Mix a solution of vegetable oil and baking soda, and then use an old toothbrush to scrub all that gunk out of the corners of cabinet surfaces.
Clean Shower Head
Shower heads can collect gunk as well. Pour ½ cup of baking soda and one cup of white distilled vinegar into a plastic bag. Tie the filled bag around your shower head. Leave the bag for about an hour. When the bubbling has stopped, remove the bag and run the shower for a few minutes.
And you thought baking soda was just for baking… From bedrooms to bathrooms, and everywhere in between. Your whole house will be sparkling from cleaning with baking soda. Just be sure to buy multiple boxes. It’s great for cleaning and deodorizing, but you’ll still want to use some for your favorite cookie recipe.