Thanks to "Stink!' – the documentary on Netflix - I know to be careful when buying cleaning products. In my hunt for the best brands, I had a revelation: How much cleaning could I get done with the natural products I already have in my cabinets? It turns out, I can do a lot with one totally green ingredient: baking soda. Its cleaning powers are fantastic and it's so versatile as a multi-purpose cleaner.
Try these baking soda cleaning hacks to see what the hype is all about:
For the kitchen
Among baking soda's many uses, one of the most satisfying is its ability to restore shine in your stainless steel appliances. Simply buff with a sprinkle of the powder or mix it with water to create a cleaning paste. You can also refresh smelly sink drains with baking soda by pouring a cup of the powder into the drain, followed by a heated cup of vinegar, according to HGTV. After about 10 minutes, flush the drain with boiling water.
Baking soda can also help clean your dishwasher, oven and stovetop. In general, the golden rule to keep in mind is this: A mixture of equal parts vinegar and baking soda can scrub away tough stains and deodorize surfaces.
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For the bathroom
Better Homes & Gardens suggests using baking soda as an all-purpose scrubber in the bathroom. You can also make baking soda and water paste to clean tile grout. Bob Vila.com suggests spritzing some vinegar on the grout first, and then scrubbing with the solution and rinsing it away to reveal bright, clean grout. According to Angie's List, soaking your shower head in a mixture of vinegar, water and baking soda for 15 minutes can work wonders for removing mineral buildup.
For the floors
Reverse nasty carpet stains with this hack from HGTV: Sprinkle the stain with baking soda, let it sit for a few minutes and then vacuum the area. Finally, blot the stain away with a mixture of warm water and vinegar. You can also mop hard floor surfaces with a mixture of baking soda and water - but note that you may have to rinse with plain water after to remove any residue.
For the laundry machines
Eliminate mildew in your laundry by adding half a cup of baking soda to your detergent. Bob Vila.com also suggests adding a cup of vinegar in during the rinse cycle to kill bacteria.
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