Every homeowner knows that the longer a home is lived in, the harder it is for things to remain clean and looking like new. Because of this, it is very tempting to want to purchase a myriad of household cleaning products from your local department store. Save yourself the money and hassle of having to keep track of so many different products, and allow baking soda to provide green cleaning power.
Sodium bicarbonate, commonly known as baking soda, is a substance that is considered amphoteric, meaning it can neutralize the pH of other substances. Since it can react both as a base and an acid, it works extremely well in breaking down lots of chemicals. It’s great for cleaning up both eyesores and odors in the home, it’s one of the greenest cleaning substances available, and it’s more affordable than commercial cleaning products.
Some Uses of Baking Soda
1 – To clean furniture, take a damp sponge, add a small amount of baking soda and scrub gently. Make sure to rub the cleaned area(s) with a dry cloth and then allow it to air dry.
2 – The next time you are emptying a large trashcan, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda at the bottom of the new bag. This is a very clean and green way to rapidly fight deodorization.
3 – Cars can often collect strong odors, and baking soda provides a green cleaning solution for this as well. Lightly spread out some baking soda on each surface of your car’s upholstery and carpet that you want to clean, and vacuum it up after about 15 minutes (longer for tougher odors). Cleaning tips like these can help you save significant time and money.
4 – Even after just a few uses, ovens can collect an impressive amount of food gunk and grease. Baking soda helps to not only neutralize this smell for future baking, but also combat the persistence of food residue. Sprinkle along the bottom of the oven, spray lightly with water, and scoop it out the next morning. Rinse lightly with a wet cloth or paper towel and your oven will be incredibly clean.
5 – A very similar approach can be taken with a microwave. Using about half a handful of baking soda with a damp sponge on any surface that has food residue or stains will become clean almost instantly.
6 – Vinyl shower curtains can end up harboring water stains that are unsightly and very challenging to remove with traditional cleaners. Apply a bit of baking soda to the areas in question, scrub with a brush or sponge and watch the soda work. Since it has the capacity to act as an acid, this method of green cleaning is highly effective.
7 – Nearly all floor surfaces can be cleaned with green power by baking soda. For hard surfaces, mix one half cup of baking soda with warm water and either mop or scrub the dirty areas. For carpets, baking soda can be sprinkled as much as need be on the affected areas, and then swept and vacuumed up the next day.
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