Who said that doing chores is fun? Nobody ever, but we have to if we want to enjoy the bliss of a clean and dust-free environment.
Besides that cleaning is not fun at all it turns in being expensive too if you take a closer look on the market shelves. But, lately, the use of natural cleaning products has blasted off the internet and most houses due to their remarkable effects and cheapness. And, as a bonus, you’ll get an impeccable home with zero chemicals nor strong and pungent odors (expect the vinegar smell which will be released quickly with proper ventilation).
When I talk about natural products I refer to my secret cleaning weapon: baking soda. This amazing powder is used for a lot of cleaning hacks and the results are stunning! I use baking soda not only for cooking and baking, but also to clean my house with it and to keep my sparkling beauty. It’s so versatile that you can literally do anything with it.
Let’s start with my cleaning hacks list where baking soda is the star!
1. Stovetop cleaner
The stovetop, no matter its type, it’s the hardest surface to clean, unless you sprinkle baking soda over the food residues or grease stains and rub them into a paste with a soapy sponge. For maximum effects, you can prepare a baking soda and vinegar paste.
2. Tub and grout cleaner
If you mix elbow grease with baking soda and some water, you’ll get the perfect tub cleaner. Apply the paste over the bathtub, especially over the stains, and let it sit awhile before scrubbing it. The effects are guaranteed!
3. Carpet cleaner
If you spilled anything on your carpet, you can immediately sprinkle baking soda over it, let it act for 15 minutes, and then add some vinegar over. Scrub the area to remove the stain and then vacuum it thoroughly.
4. Clean oil build up on hair brush
Brushes and combs need regular cleaning due to the oil build up, and baking soda is one of the best ways to do it. Remove the hair from the brush and soak it in a baking soda and water solution for at least one hour.
5. Silver cleaning
Blackened jewelry can easily be cleaned if you gently rub it with a baking soda and water paste.
6. Perfect degreaser
Oil drops can be everywhere around your stove which will get hardened over time, turning into sticky grease. Well, those grease stains aren’t a nuisance anymore and you don’t have to use harsh chemicals to get rid of them. Just prepare a paste made from baking soda and water and give them a nice scrub. It works wonders for countertops, kitchen cabinets, drawers and tiles.
7. Mattress stain remover and freshener
You don’t have to clean the mattress yearly, because baking soda will save the day by removing any spilled liquid from it or stain. Just sprinkle baking soda over the mattress, let it stand for a couple of hours, and then vacuum it. Odors, dust mites and stains will be long gone.
8. Remove wall scuffs
Baking soda and water mixed into a paste will remove anything from your walls, starting with waxy pencils to permanent marker. Last week a tomato juice bottle exploded in my kitchen and all those tomato drops were easily removed with baking soda.
9. Washing machine mold remover
If your laundry doesn’t have a fresh smell after they are pulled out from the washer, it means that your washing machine needs a deep cleaning. Just add baking soda in the washer with a cup of vinegar and start a normal cycle to remove any mildew build up.
10. Unclog the sink
You don’t have to call the plumber to unclog the kitchen drain, because baking soda will do it: just pout half a cup of baking soda onto the drain followed by a cup of vinegar. Let it react for 5 minutes and then pour 1 gallon of hot water over it.
11. Clean the oven
Like stovetop, the oven is another greasy appliance that it’s easily cleaned with baking soda. Just sprinkle baking soda over the sticky grease inside the oven and then spray vinegar over it. Let it act for 15 minutes and wipe it down with a damp sponge.
12. Remove coffee and tea stains
Hihi! Not even these will last in front of baking soda: just dampen a bit the surface and sprinkle baking soda and with the harsh side of sponge give those stains a nice rub.
13. No more bathroom mold
This one is simple: sprinkle baking soda over the molded area, take a damp sponge and rub those mold stains thoroughly. For a more powerful effect, just spray vinegar over the baking soda powder, let it act for 15 minutes and then rub all the mold and mildew.
14. Freshen up the fridge
Besides being a remarkable cleaning agent, baking soda will send away any nasty fridge odor. Just fill a small glass bowl with baking soda and place it in the fridge. This natural fridge freshener will work wonders.
15. No more stinky shoes
Right after removing your stinky shoes, sprinkle some baking soda powder inside them. Place the shoes on the balcony and let the powder act overnight. In the morning, tap the shoes on the bathtub to remove all the baking powder, and take them for another walk.