Baking soda has more uses than deodorizing refrigerators and litter boxes. You can “go green” using baking soda if you’re concerned about using chemicals around young children or pets. We’ve selected our top 10 household uses for baking soda for emergencies and daily cleaning.
Use baking soda directly or in the box to absorb odors. Place an open box in coolers after use or in the car trunk or SUV hatch to remove sweaty smells after practice or games. Put a box in the hamper, use soda in the washing machine and sprinkle it in kitchen and bathroom wastebaskets.
Apply a light layer of baking soda to mattresses, let it sit all day and then vacuum. Baking soda removes odors, leaving no artificial perfumes or chemical residues that can be harmful to people with asthma or allergies. Use baking soda instead of odor-concealing sprays in the nursery. Be sure to vacuum up all the soda in any place where a baby might be exposed to it.
Common Stain Removal
A red wine stain on light clothing or table linens can spoil a dinner party. Wet the stain with cold water, then dab with a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. If the stain isn’t completely removed, the soda pre-treatment will make it easier to clean later. For greasy stains on tablecloths, apply a paste of baking soda and water or peroxide and let it sit until it dries or you launder the tablecloth.
Difficult Stain Removal
Antique quilts, baby clothes and decorative linens often develop yellowed areas or rust-colored spots. After testing the fabric and waiting 24 hours, spot-clean old fabrics with baking soda, water and a cotton swab. Exposing the fabric to direct sunlight may help the stain fade. Don’t use this method on dark fabrics, silks, satins or velvet. They require professional cleaning. Baking soda is usually harmless to white and light-colored cottons and decorative items like tatted doilies that have yellowed with age.
Most organic stains respond well to baking soda, although blood on carpet will probably require other cleaning products or professional cleaning. Baking soda typically doesn’t fade light colors. Treating stains while they’re damp is best. Cover the stain with dry baking soda and let sit overnight, then vacuum. If necessary, try a baking soda and water paste and use a stiff cleaning brush to brush up the damp soda after 24 hours. Baking soda removes stains and odors, leaving carpets safe for children and pets.
Bags and Shoes
Scuffs on heels and toes of sneakers, light-colored handbags, laptop cases, book bags and luggage can be removed with baking soda, water and a sponge. Don’t use baking soda on leather, and test it on fabrics before attempting to remove larger stains. Baking soda in a book bag can remove the school locker odor.
Lighten grout stains with a baking soda and water paste. Baking soda is a gentle abrasive that can be used on most counter tops, vinyl flooring and stainless steel appliances and cookware. Don’t use baking soda on non-stick cookware. Instead of running smelly vinegar through your coffee maker, use baking soda dissolved in water. Clean the inside of your refrigerator with a damp sponge and baking soda and you won’t have to worry about chemicals near your food.
Don’t buy expensive washes to remove wax from produce. A gentle scrubbing under warm water with baking soda on a sponge or dishcloth will remove the wax without damaging the produce skin.
Regular scrubbing with baking soda removes toilet bowl stains. Baking soda can also be used in most sinks and bathtubs, on faucets and showerheads and to remove mildew stains. Apply a paste of soda and peroxide to stubborn mildew stains. Use baking soda with caution on caulk.
Chemicals can damage plastic or vinyl patio furniture. Use baking soda instead for stains and general cleaning, especially at the beginning and end of the season.
Crayon Marks and Stickers
Baking soda and hot water will remove sticker residue from appliances and plastic items. Test before using it on walls. Many toys can be cleaned with baking soda and a damp cloth. Use caution on dolls’ faces, action figures and other toys with painted features.
For your other cleaning needs, we have safe, green cleaning products that will make messes and stains disappear without endangering your family and pets. We can also recommend professional cleaners for personal and delicate or antique items. Call us at (520) 795-7977 for more information.