At Downtown Maid, we’re passionate about green cleaning and are always looking for new ways of how we can safely and effectively clean your home. What can I say: we love baking soda! It has so many uses around the house that we can’t even begin to list them all. Below are seven of our favorite ways to use baking soda around the house.
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1. Remove Burnt-On Food
If you have burnt-on food stuck in the bottom of your favorite pot, don’t worry. Just sprinkle some baking soda on it and pour in some hot water. After allowing it to soak overnight, you’ll find that the stuck-on food comes off quite easily.
2. Clean Your Children’s Toys
Kids toys get dirty, and for young kids that frequently put them in their mouths, it’s important to clean them safely. Fortunately, all you have to do is dip toys in a solution made with ¼ cup of baking soda and 1 quart of warm water, then rinse with fresh water. You can also use this solution to wipe toys down.
3. Prevent Litter Box Odors
A simple way to keep those litter box odors under control is to add a little baking soda to your cat’s litter box. It’s safe for your cat to ingest, so rather than using an expensive litter that uses potentially harmful chemicals to mask odors, use some baking soda to eliminate them.
4. Brighten Your Whites
Whenever you use bleach with your laundry, add ½ cup of baking soda along with it. The baking soda helps to whiten clothes and makes the chlorine bleach more effective, giving you even brighter whites without damaging your clothes.
5. Clean Outdoors
Cleaning outdoors with chemicals means you risk damaging your lawn and the environment. So, instead use baking soda with warm water to clean your child’s pool, plastic lawn furniture, and even to remove food stuck on your grill (after a good, long soak, of course).
6. Prevent Clogged Drains
To prevent your drains from getting clogged, pour ¼ cup of baking soda down the drain followed by hot water. Do this once per week in your bathroom and kitchen sinks and you won’t have to worry about them getting clogged or emitting any unpleasant odors.
7. Eliminate Odors
Baking soda can eliminate odors nearly anywhere in your home. You can leave an open box in your fridge to not only eliminate odors, but also keep your food fresher for longer. You can sprinkle it onto carpets or nearly any surface, allow it to set for a few minutes, and then remove it for a fresher scent. Adding some baking soda to the bottom of your trash can will help prevent garbage odors.
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Because baking soda is non-toxic, safe, and effective, it’s a great household item to have on hand at all times. You simply never know when you’ll need some baking soda for cleaning up a spill, removing a stain or keeping your house smelling nice and fresh.