When it comes to green cleaning, you don’t have to pay a ton of money to find ways to safely and effectively clean your home. In fact, you don’t have to look any further than baking soda for a cheap, easy, and effective way to clean your home without harsh chemicals.
At Downtown Maid, we love baking soda for all of these reasons and more.
Here are 7 ways to use baking soda to clean your home.
1. Surface Cleaner
If you need a simple but effective surface cleaner, try sprinkling a little bit of baking soda onto a damp cloth. Then, just scrub your counter or other surface and rinse clean with fresh water. Baking soda works well on all surfaces because it’s abrasive enough to get off stuck-on messes but won’t scratch the surface.
2. Silver Cleaner
Looking for a way to gently clean your silver? All you need to do is create a paste using three parts of baking soda to one part water. Rub the baking soda mixture onto the silver, then rinse it off with warm water. After that, find a soft cloth to dry it, and you’ve got clean silver!
3. Pet Cleaner
Yes! You can even use baking soda to clean the four-legged members of your home. This works especially well against that “wet dog” smell, and it’s safe for them to eat unlike most pet shampoos. Just sprinkle your furry friend with baking soda and then brush them out for a simple cleaning.
4. Smelly Food Container Cleaner
To get rid of that stale food smell from a container, use hot water with baking soda. For tough smells, make a mixture of baking soda and water and allow the container to soak overnight. Then, clean it as usual for an odor-free food container.
5. Carpet Cleaner
In the event of a spill on carpet, begin by blotting up what you can and then cleaning it like normal. Then, sprinkle the area with baking soda and then vacuum it up. This helps get the last bits of the spill out of your carpet. You can also do this to get rid of carpet odors.
6. Floor Cleaner
Even if you have no-wax floors, you can use baking soda to clean grease spills and scuff marks on your hard floors, according to what my friend says on their website. All you have to do is sprinkle some baking soda directly onto the stain or spill and then use a warm, damp cloth to get it cleaned up.
7. Clothing Cleaner
If you have grease stains on clothing, you can use baking soda to remove those stains. For tough stains, make a paste with baking soda and water, which you can use to pretreat the stain. Then, wash like you’d normally do, while adding some more baking soda in with your clothing. It will make all of your clothes fresher!
READ PART 2 HERE: 7 MORE Ways to Use Baking Soda Around the House
Bonus Tip: Buy in Bulk!
If you’re serious about green cleaning, then you’ll need lots of baking soda since there are SO many ways to use it to clean around your house. That’s why we recommend buying it in bulk to help you save money. The best part is it won’t ever go bad!