How to Clean Your House With Baking Soda

Baking soda is said to have a thousand and one uses, and there’s plenty of it to go around. Baking soda has a huge importance in the home, especially if you are looking for more natural alternatives for cleaning products with chemicals. In the following article, we will tell you just some of the ways in which you can take advantage of the benefits of baking soda.

Why Use Baking Soda in the Home

Firstly, who doesn’t like to have their home to be always shiny and beautiful, with every corner clean? Unfortunately, to achieve this goal, we almost always clean our homes with chemical products. However, it has been proven that they are not very good for your health because they are toxic, cause irritation in your nasal cavities and on your skin, and various other problems.

Thus, it is contradictory to clean your home so it is free of viruses, bacteria, and germs to avoid getting sick, since you’re using cleaning products whose ingredients make you sick in another way. You don’t need to expose your body and your family to these harmful products because there are different natural options to clean your house.

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There are thousands of effective recipes, but in this case we are referring to baking soda, which you can take advantage of in many ways in the pursuit of keeping your home beautiful and protecting yourself from harmful substances at the same time. Baking soda is an excellent ally for neutralizing and removing bad odors in almost all of your home’s materials and rooms. It can also be used to absorb grease or oil stains. It tones down water so that you don’t have to use as much detergent and cleans various surfaces.

In almost every case, you just have to mix 1 liter of water with 1/4 cup of baking soda. For some cases, you may need specific measurements or proportions. you will also need a sponge or brush to make cleaning more effective. Cleaning with this natural product will not require too much effort. Another piece of good news is that you are helping the environments by not putting non biodegradable products that contain toxins for the water and ground down the drain.




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Baking Soda and Its Use in the Home

These are some of the applications that you can use baking soda for as a natural home alternative for cleaners, degreasers or disinfectants that you buy in the store:

  • Cleaning pipes: The products that are mainly used for cleaning your house’s drains and pipes tend to be very harmful, so much that you need to use them in a certain dosage, don’t breath them in or much less consume them. A good option to unclog pipes is to directly pour baking soda in the drain and then add vinegar. Let sit for at least 15 minutes. You will see bubbles forming in this time because of the reaction between these two elements. Then, rinse with clean hot water.

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  • Cleaning toys: Children’s toys are always full of dirt and can contain an unlimited amount of bacteria and viruses. In order to prevent your children from getting sick from playing with them, there is nothing better than submerging them in a bowl with a solution of 4 tablespoons of baking soda in a fourth liter of water. Leave it in all night and rinse in the morning. If it is stuck to it, you may need to use a sponge or brush.
  • As a fabric softener: The ones you buy at the store give your clothes a perfumed smell but they create a layer of grease on the fibers to compensate for the action of powdered soap or detergent. Use a cup of baking soda to wash an ecological product and as a softener directly in the washer. Keep in mind that this is not a cleaner.
  • Absorbs odors: One of baking soda’s characteristics is that it helps neutralize organic odors, like those of animals, food, or sweat. You can use it to remove foot or shoe odor, in laundry baskets, in the dog’s cushion, in the cat’s litter box, in the refrigerator, etc. It won’t have any effect on synthetic odors, like perfumes, tobacco, or air fresheners.

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  • Cleans rugs: Add a generous amount to the rug that you want to clean, let it sit all night, and in the morning, vacuum or sweep it. This is an excellent option to eliminate dog or cat odor or food or drink stains. You can also do the same for your car’s carpet.
  • Cleans the oven: You just have to sprinkle water on the inside and then cover the surface with a few tablespoons of baking soda. Leave it closed and let sit all night. If it wasn’t very dirty, you will see that it is shinier the next day. If it has old stains, you will need to wash it with a wet cloth with water and soap and rinse it off with water.
  • Removes cockroaches: If these insects have invaded your kitchen or bathroom, you will have to make a mixture of baking soda and sugar (1 tablespoon of each or equal parts) and put it in a container in the room where you want to make them disappear.
  • Preserves food: Put a little bit of baking soda on top of a jar or bottle and leave it in the refrigerator. The food will last longer in this way.

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