There are quite a few non-toxic products that consumers already have around the house that can be used as cleaning products. Baking soda is a popular replacement to multi-purpose cleaners and has more capabilities than just baking. Three of the major positives of baking soda as a cleanser is, it’s non toxic, multi-purpose, and inexpensive.
In the Kitchen:
- Keeping a box or small bowl of baking soda in the refrigerator, freezer, or any cupboard will keep away unpleasant odors
- Baking soda will keep away garbage odors; sprinkle a little on the bottom and into each new bag to help reduce odors.
- Baking soda can put out grease fires by sprinkling a little one top.
- Sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth. Wipe and then rinse with water will help keep surfaces clean and sparkling.
- Baking soda can clean silver. Make a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water, rube the paste onto the silver item, then rinse away with warm water and buff dry with a soft cloth.
- Grease spills on the floor? Sprinkle with baking soda than wipe with a warm, damp cloth to take away the spill.
- For burnt-on food on the bottom of pots or pans, sprinkle baking soda, than add hot water. Let it soak overnight; the dried on food will come loose without too much elbow grease.
- Recycling old jars and can’t remove the sticky label? Just rub baking soda over the sticky part and rinse with warm water. Let it soak or use a little scrubbing for difficult labels.
In the bathroom:
- To remove stubborn stains from most surfaces, use a baking soda paste of three parts baking soda to one part water and apply to stain. Let it stand, then scrub and wipe clean.
- Pour in ¼ cup of baking soda and flush it down with hot water weekly to reduce clogging. Already have a clog? Try pouring one cup of baking soda down the drain followed by three cups of boiling water. Repeat a couple of times. If the clog is persistent, you can also try pouring down one cup of vinegar. Vinegar will neutralize the baking soda and there will be some foam and gurgling, but it should dislodge the grim that causing the clog.
In the household:
- To remove scents from a carpet sprinkle baking soda and let it stand for thirty minutes, then vacuum. Repeat as needed.
- Baking soda added in with the litter in a cat litter box can help prevent odors.
- To quickly clean pets and remove “wet dog” odors, sprinkle with baking soda and brush out of their fur.
- Children’s toys can be cleaned with ¼ cup of baking soda in 1 quart warm water. Submerge the toy in this mixture or wipe clean with a damp cloth. Rinse items with clear water and allow to air dry.
- To help reduce odors in your laundry, replacing half of each measured laundry detergent with baking soda will help remove odors and produce a refreshing scent.
- Baking soda can increase the effectiveness of chlorine bleach. Add ½ cup to your laundry, along with the usual amount of bleach for whiter cloths.