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With DIY green cleaning, you really don’t need that many ingredients. Baking soda, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide for killing germs – it almost couldn’t be any simpler. Today, we are going to explore the magic that is baking soda. I know it probably doesn’t seem very magical, but I wonder sometimes when I see what it can do to clean my home! These Easy Ways to Clean with Baking Soda will help you get your home sparkling clean in no time, so you can get back to doing things you enjoy!
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Brilliant Ways to Clean with Baking Soda
In the Kitchen
Kills germs and scrub away even the toughest baked-on messes in no time with baking soda!
REMOVE STAINS FROM PLASTIC FOOD CONTAINERS
Red foods especially can leave an unsightly mess in plastic food containers. Clean it up by sprinkling some baking soda in the container and scrubbing clean with a sponge. For tough stains, soak in a solution of 4 tablespoons of baking soda in a quart of water.
PRO TIP: Wait until foods are completely cool before storing. Warm foods are more likely to stain.
For more ways to remove stains from all over your home, check out 30 Genius Magic Eraser Hacks.
REFRESH YOUR FRIDGE
Neutralize odors by keeping a small bowl or box of baking soda in your fridge at all times.
Check out Top 10 Refrigerator Organization Hacks for ways to get the most out of your fridge.
CLEAN YOUR PRODUCE
This study showed that baking soda is the best way to clean produce and actually works better than commercial veggie sprays!
Remove wax, dirt, and pesticide from sturdy (not soft-skinned) fruits and vegetables by soaking in a solution of 1 teaspoon of baking soda to 2 cups of cold water for 10-15 minutes (at least 2 minutes). The longer you soak, they more pesticides will be removed. Rinse well to remove the baking soda.
Clean your produce as soon as you get home from the store, so it’s ready to consume. This method is not appropriate on more delicate produce such as berries, which should be washed gently right before eating to avoid spoilage.
DEEP CLEAN DISHES
Dissolve stuck-on grease by soaking dishes in hot, soapy water and scrubbing with a sprinkle of baking soda and a scrub sponge.
REMOVE GARBAGE CAN ODORS
Garbage cans can smell funky even after cleaning with soap and water! To neutralize odors and keep your garbage can smelling fresh, sprinkle some baking soda into the bottom of the can before adding a garbage bag.
SCRUB KITCHEN SURFACES
Baking soda is perfect for cleaning just about any surface in your kitchen! Combine baking soda and water to form a paste to clean countertops, microwaves, stovetops and ovens, sinks, and more.
Soak smelly sponges in water and baking soda to extend their life. Still, you should throw away disposal sponges every 2-3 weeks depending on use. Learn how to kill germs on your sponge in the microwave.
Green Alternative: Buy a machine washable sponge that will last months or even years instead of just weeks.
REMOVE DRAIN CLOGS
Clear drains with 1/2 cup of baking soda followed by 1/2 cup of vinegar. Do this at least every week or two to keep drains flowing smoothly.
CLEAN THE STOVETOP
Pour baking soda directly onto greasy, grimy surfaces, and let sit for 5 minutes. Wipe with a damp sponge, scrubbing gently. Wipe clean with a damp cloth, followed by a dry cloth to keep dust and pet hair from sticking.
PRO TIP: To clean up stubborn baking soda that doesn’t want to wipe up easily, pour white vinegar on the baking soda to dissolve it instantly!
SOAK UP OIL SPILLS
Spilled vegetable oil is a hassle to clean up! Make it easier by soaking up the oil with baking soda. Pour baking soda on the spill until it soaks up all the oil, then sweep it up with a broom and dustpan.
SCRUB AWAY STUCK-ON FOODS FROM YOUR MICROWAVE
Apply baking soda to a wet sponge, and use it to scrub away stuck-on food.
For more smart and easy ways to clean your kitchen, check out 25 Time-Saving Kitchen Cleaning Hacks.
SCOUR THE SINK
At least once weekly, deep clean your sink by sprinkling a bit of baking soda, adding a little water, and mixing with a scrub sponge to form a paste. Scrub to remove dirt and stains, then rinse well for a sparkling clean sink.
CLEAN YOUR DISHWASHER
Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your dishwasher, and run as usual to freshen and remove stains.
Make a thick paste with 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub the paste into the silverware with a clean cloth, then rinse well and dry.
DEEP CLEAN YOUR OVEN
Mix 1 cup white vinegar and 1/2 cup lemon juice in spray bottle, and spray the bottom of oven. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then sprinkle baking soda on top. Let sit for 10 minutes, and wipe clean.
FRESHEN YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL
Pour baking soda down the drain while running warm water. This also helps keep drains clear!
DEODORIZE CUTTING BOARDS
Sprinkle baking soda on smelly cutting boards, then scrub and rinse. For more odor and stain-fighting power, clean your cutting boards with lemon.
Dissolve 3 teaspoons of baking soda in 1 quart of warm water. Wet a clean cloth in the solution, and wipe down marble countertops and other surfaces.
REMOVE BURNED-ON FOODS
Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the burned pot. Spray water from a squirt bottle to saturate, then let it sit overnight. The next morning, scrub the pot with a sponge. The burned layer should lift right up!
In the Bathroom
Your bathroom is one of the germiest places in the house. Clean it up with these helpful tips.
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SCRUB AWAY SOAP SCUM
Sprinkle a cleaning rag or sponge with baking soda, and use it to scrub away soap scum from sinks, showers, and bathtubs.
DEEP CLEAN GROUT
Make a thick paste with lemon juice and baking soda. Using an old toothbrush, brush the paste on grout lines, and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Rinse clean.
CLEAN COMBS + BRUSHES
Sprinkle baking soda on combs and brushes to loosen hair. To deep clean, soak overnight in a mixture of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of warm water.
KILL MOLD + MILDEW
Baking soda is great for killing mold and mildew and also helps neutralize musty odors caused by mold growth.
Add 1/4 tablespoon of baking soda to a spray bottle filled with water. Shake the bottle to dissolve the baking soda, then spray the affected area liberally with the solution. Use a sponge or scrub brush to scrub the mold, then rinse well. Spray the area again, and allow it to dry. This will kill any residual mold and help prevent it from coming back.
CLEAN YOUR SHOWER CURTAIN
Washing your plastic shower curtain liner in the washing machine is great for removing tough dirt, soap scum, and mildew, but you can only do it so many times before it ruins your shower curtain. Clean it a gentler way by sprinkling baking soda on the shower curtain, then scrubbing clean with a sponge or cleaning cloth. Rinse well.
In the Bedroom
Learn how to use baking soda to clean and freshen your bedroom.
Banish musty smells in your closet by placing an open box or glass jar of baking soda on a closet shelf.
DEODORIZE YOUR MATTRESS
To clean and freshen your mattress, sprinkle baking soda, let it sit for about 30 minutes, then vacuum it up.
Fill an old sock or small cloth bag with baking soda to keep your clothes smelling freshly washed.
In the Laundry Room
Baking soda was made for the laundry room! Remove stains, brighten colors, and more with these simple tips.
Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to boost colors and help remove stains.
For more safe, natural, and effective laundry tips, check out 8 Ways to Whiten Laundry Naturally.
DEODORIZE CLEANING RAGS
Soak smelly cleaning towels in a bucket of baking soda and warm water.
REMOVE ODORS FROM BATH TOWELS
When towels get really smelly, it can seem impossible to get them smelling fresh again, but this two-step washing process works! First, run one wash cycle with 1 cup of vinegar, and wash with hot water. Once the first cycle is done, leave the towels in the washer, and wash them again. This time, add 1/2 cup of baking soda, and run through the cycle with hot water. Finally, dry your towels completely before storing to prevent musty smells and bacteria growth. You can hang them out to dry or put them in the dryer.
To stop funky laundry odors before they start, I recommend using Charlie’s Soap Laundry Powder. I have two dogs and three cats. Before I started using Charlie’s, I was always trying to get odors out of my laundry, including pet odors. Since switching more than a year ago, I’ve had zero problems with smelly laundry – even after leaving clothes in the washer and dryer (I get distracted easily 😉)!!!
Plus, Charlie’s is safe, non-toxic, and has never aggravated my sensitive skin. And it rinses clean, so your clothes last longer and stay brighter-looking without all that yucky detergent buildup!
Best of all, it’s really economical because a little goes a long way. I use less than a tablespoon of powder for each load, and each bag seems to last forever! I really like the powder, but Charlie’s also offers liquid detergent if you prefer.
Don’t forget your pets! They can benefit from baking soda, too.
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USE AS A DRY SHAMPOO
To reduce pet odors and remove dirt between baths, sprinkle baking soda onto fur and massage it in with a brush or your fingers.
BRUSH THEIR TEETH
Dental health is important for your pet – but it’s often overlooked. Most dogs and cats have some degree of dental disease. Keep them healthy by brushing regularly with a paste made from baking soda and water.
FRESHEN PET BEDS
Machine washing pet beds can cause them to quickly break down. Deodorize and refresh between washes with baking soda.
Sprinkle beds liberally with baking soda, then let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Vacuum clean, and be amazed at how your home no longer smells like your furry friend!
DEODORIZE LITTER BOXES
Mix a generous amount of baking soda with your kitty litter to help cut down on offensive odors.
Around the House
Clean and deodorize every room in your house with these helpful green cleaning hacks!
DEODORIZE MUSTY UPHOLSTERY
To freshen upholstery naturally, sprinkle with baking soda, let it sit for 15-20 minutes, then vacuum clean.
Bonus: Vacuuming up the baking soda will freshen your vacuum, too!
NEUTRALIZE ODORS FROM CARPETS + RUGS
Sprinkle rugs and carpets with baking soda, and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Then vacuum clean.
REMOVE STAINS FROM CARPET + UPHOLSTERY
Mix 1 cup of baking soda, 1 cup salt, and 1 cup white vinegar, and stir to form a paste. Apply to the stain, and allow to dry. Vacuum it up. The stain should be gone, but you can repeat, if necessary.
CLEAN UP KID MESSES
Remove crayon and marker from wall – To clean up crayon and marker messes, put baking soda on a damp sponge, and use it to scrub the crayon away easily.
Dust stuffed animals – Sprinkle dusty, dirty stuffed animals with baking soda, and work it into the toy, then shake or vacuum clean. The baking soda will absorb the dirt and oils that are making the toy look grungy.
Scrub old toys – Scrub plastic toys clean with a DIY cleaning spray. Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 quart of water until baking soda dissolves. Use a sponge or cloth to dip into the solution and scrub the toys. For especially dirty toys, soak them in the solution before scrubbing clean.
FILL SMALL HOLES
Don’t have any spackle on hand? No problem! Just mix white, non-gel toothpaste and baking soda to form a thick paste, and use it to fill small holes in your walls. Smooth it over, allow to dry, and it should look as good as new!
USE AS AN AIR FRESHENER
Mix 1 quart water, 3 tablespoons baking soda, and 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil to make your own DIY room spray. Shake well to incorporate the ingredients, then spray throughout the house.
Check out 17 Brilliant All Natural Scent Hacks for more ways to freshen your home naturally.
Sprinkle baking soda in your shoes after wearing to remove odors and absorb wetness. Can’t stand a baking soda mess in your shoes? Make sachets by filling old socks or small fabric bags with baking soda, and tuck into shoes to freshen without the mess.
BRIGHTEN DULL SILVER
Use this hack to clean silver jewelry, silverware, dishware, and more. To remove tarnish, line the bottom of a dish with aluminum foil with the shiny side up. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 1 cup of boiling water. Place your silver in the dish, making sure it’s touching the aluminum foil. Pour the mixture into the dish, and let it sit for 10 minutes. If the silver item is large, keep submerging it into the solution until the entire piece is cleaned. Rinse well, and dry with a soft cloth. Make sure the silver is dry before storing.
REFRESH YOUR LINEN CLOSET
Just like in the fridge, place an open box of baking soda near your sheets and towels to fight musty smells.
BUFF OUT WATER RINGS
Don’t freak out when guests forget to use a coaster and leave behind an unsightly ring on your coffee table. Fix it easily with a paste made from 1 part white, non-gel toothpaste and 1 part baking soda. Dampen a soft cloth with water, add the paste, and rub the spot with the grain to buff out the ring. Wipe off the paste with a dry cloth. Use another soft cloth to buff to a shine, and polish as usual.
Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda in a bucket of warm water. Mop the floor, and rinse with clean water.
DEODORIZE THE VACUUM CLEANER
Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet, and vacuum it up to help remove odors inside your vacuum.
Baking soda even has loads of uses outside your home!
RENEW PATIO FURNITURE
When you bring your patio furniture out for the season, give it a deep cleaning with baking soda and water. Mix 1/2 cup baking soda in a warm bucket of water, and stir with your hand to combine. Use a sponge or scrub brush to scrub clean, then rinse well to remove any leftover baking soda.
When it comes time to put your furniture away for the season, put baking soda under cushions or in storage bags or boxes to keep everything fresh for next year.
SOAK UP MOTOR OIL
To clean up motor oil spills on concrete, pour baking soda on the stain, and scrub with a wet brush. Rinse well.
To keep cockroaches and ants at bay, sprinkle a line of baking soda along basement windows and doorways. These bugs hate to walk across anything gritty, so they’ll stay away.
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SCRUB A MESSY GRILL
Sprinkle some baking soda on your grill brush to scrub grill grates clean in no time.
PRO TIP: Clean your grill grates when they’re still hot. The heat will loosen stuck-on food.
Baking soda is alkaline, so it acts as a neutralizer for battery acid corrosion on cars, lawn mowers, and outdoor equipment. To clean, disconnect the battery terminals. Make a thick paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Apply with a damp cloth, and scrub clean.
To polish chrome on cars, make a paste with baking soda and water. Put paste on a wet cloth. Rub the paste on the chrome, and wipe off. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
Don’t fret if you run out of ice melt this winter. Keep you and your family safe from falls with baking soda. Sprinkle it liberally on icy steps and walkways to melt ice and increase traction.
SOFTEN PAINT BRUSHES
Doing a DIY projects? Soften stiff paint brushes by boiling them in a mixture of 1/2 cup vinegar, 1 cup baking soda, and 1 gallon water. Be careful not to inhale the solution – vinegar can get pretty wicked when heated.
Sprinkle baking soda liberally on your driveway and sidewalk cracks to help discourage weeds.
These Easy, Frugal + Time-Saving Baking Soda Cleaning Hacks will help you get your home clean and fresh-smelling in record time!
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Do you use cheap DIY cleaning ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon, and ketchup to clean your home? Let me know how these ingredients work for you in the comments below!