Baking soda is a common, inexpensive household item that can be used for many types of cleaning projects. We actually make a form of baking soda in our own saliva, where it helps keep plaque from forming!
I’ve used baking soda and vinegar to keep my kitchen and bathroom drains clear and fresh smelling. I simply put a teaspoon or less of baking soda into the drain and then pour in about a tablespoon of vinegar. I must admit that I am the kind of cook who rarely steps anything, and the same is true for all these proportions, so feel free to experiment to find what works best on your sinks. Start small, though — the mixture of baking soda and vinegar causes an active fizzling and bubbling!
In actuality, that bubbling process is how you can tell if the box of baking soda you have had around forever remains good. Just follow the directions above. Your soda is still good if it bubbles away merrily.
Speaking of drains, even if your drain is clogged, you can try with far more baking soda. 1 recipe is to pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, then a cup of vinegar. Wait a few minutes, or more, and then run the hot water faucet and see if you have cleared the drain. It could take overnight.
Another well-known use of baking soda is to keep an open box in the refrigerator to neutralize odors. Because baking soda cuts smells, it can also be put at the bottom tray of an oven-type electric toaster, to reduce burnt smells. Another smell-removing cleaning tip is to put baking soda into bottles or jars that milk has left a Opossum Poop smell in.
For scrubbing out the sink, tub, or shower stall, for getting gunk off the outside of my toaster, and projects of this sort, I find it very useful. Using a rag or sponge, then pour some baking soda onto it and then add a little water, just enough to form a paste. Then scrub! You can also mix the paste up in a small cup or bowl and then throw out what you haven’t employed by the end of the cleaning session. I keep a small container of baking soda handy by the sink, in a skillet so that the baking soda does not cake. You can also use a salt shaker, as you will probably go through that much baking soda before it gets caked up.
Pots and pans that have something burned on the bottom call for sterner measures. I admit that sometimes I just reach for my rarely-used business cleaner, but the baking soda cleaning technique is to shake baking soda all over the burnt stuff and then let the pot sit overnight. You may even add a little water and baking soda to the pot, bring it to a boil, then let it sit.
For stained marble, a paste of baking soda and white vinegar may be effective.
Baking soda also has many different applications in keeping your body clean also. But enough! This article is about baking soda for cleaning around the house.