How to replace nasty household chemicals with baking soda
31 oct 2019
We’ve put together our favourite ways to clean with baking soda.
Baking soda can be used to clean almost every area in the home, in a completely natural way. It is a great replacement for general household cleaning products that contain nasty chemicals. Tackling tough stains, mould and mildew and even deodorise unpleasant smells.
Create a baking soda cleaning paste
There is a simple reason why so many cleaning solutions and methods use baking soda as the key ingredient because it works. Making a baking soda paste is super easy, and you’ll be finished in less than a minute with these simple steps.
- Add 1 cup of baking soda to a bowl
- Slowly add water to the bowl, mixing as you go
- Stir until the mixture has the consistency of toothpaste
Too easy! Now it’s time to start using your chemical-free cleaning product around your home.
Start in the kitchen
You can make great use of baking soda in the kitchen, and it can be used on almost anything. The floor and appliances alike, no stain can withstand its power.
Oven - Start by applying the paste to all areas of the oven. Leave the mixture on until dry, then wipe it off with a sponge or rag.
Sink - Apply the paste to a microfibre cloth and scrub away. Don’t be afraid to put in a little elbow grease to get your sink looking brand new.
Fridge - Clear out the fridge of any food and drinks then wipe it down with a wet rag containing a little baking soda paste. When you’ve finished, add a small bowl of fry baking soda in the fridge for a few days to eliminate any unwanted odours.
Stove - Cooking stains and oil spills can be hard to remove at times, but they are no match for baking soda paste. Apply to stains and leave it to sit for 10 minutes, then use a rag to remove.
Dishwasher - Sprinkle baking soda inside the dishwasher then add a little vinegar. Run the machine as normal, and it will be looking and smelling brand new.
Move into the bathroom
When it comes to cleaning the bathroom can often get neglected, not to mention a great hangout for mould and mildew.
Toilet - Sprinkle the baking soda on the toilet and around the bowl to neutralise odours and germs. Wipe down with a rag or scrubbing brush for a white shine. For tough stains, try adding baking soda and vinegar in the toilet bowl. Allow it to foam up and rise for 15 minutes then scrub as normal.
Grout - Add the paste to a coarse sponge and apply to tiles and grout. Allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes, then scrub off the residue.
Bathtub - Cover the bath in baking soda paste then scrub off thoroughly leaving it to shine.
Finish off around the home
There are plenty of other ways you can use baking soda around the home. Here are a few more tips.
Washing machine - Put some baking soda and vinegar inside your washing machine. Run the machine on a hot cycle, and it will do the hard work for you.
Outdoor paving - Use the baking soda paste on your pavers then scrub with a broom, then hose off any remaining residue.
Carpet stains - Gently work the paste into tough carpet stains, allow it to try and then vacuum it up.
Smelly Towels - Wash your smelly towels with hot water and baking soda to deodorise and brighten them.
Well, there you have it, all your cleaning complete and not one chemical insight. Happy cleaning.