Baking soda is a universal green substance that can be used in every area of your life. Not only does it have an amazing power to clean stains and cut grease, but it can also be used to replace some commercial personal care products. Find out the many easy ways you can replace toxic products with baking soda.
Baking soda can replace a variety of commercial cleaning products commonly used in the kitchen. For example:
- Mix one cup of vinegar and 1/3 cup of baking soda in a spray bottle to create an eco-friendly cleaning solution that can be used to remove stains from your refrigerator.
- Sprinkle baking soda on your glass top stove and let it sit to remove baked on scum. After about 15 minutes, wet the baking soda and gently wipe it off.
- Rather than using bleach on your countertops, you can mix baking soda and water to make a thick paste and apply it to the stain. Allow it to sit for 10 - 15 minutes before gently scrubbing it off.
- Try cleaning out your dishwater by running it through a short cycle after sprinkling about a cup of baking soda on the floor of the dishwasher.
- Running baking soda through your coffee maker can also remove residue and scum. To do this, just mix a coffee pot of water with 1/4 cup of baking soda.
- Use baking soda to clean your oven.
- A clogged drain can be cleared by pouring in a cup of baking soda and following it with a cup of vinegar. Allow it to dissolve the clog. No more need for Drano.
- A box of baking soda in the refrigerator makes a perfect deodorizer. Change every two to three months.
- Mix baking soda and water to make a thick paste for polishing silverware.
Cleaning your bathroom typically takes a basket full of chemicals. Not only do you need a sink, tub and toilet cleaner, but also something for the grout. To go green, try these baking soda alternatives.
- Combine baking soda and water to make a thick paste. Apply this to grout to remove stains. No more bleach needed!
- Bathtub scum can be eliminated with by mixing one cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda to spray down the area. Give it about 15 minutes and wipe that scum away.
- Dipping a wet towel in baking soda can make a gentle cleaner for wiping down your vanity and sink.
- Dump a cup of baking soda in the toilet followed by about two cups of vinegar. Allow it to work its magic for 10 - 15 minutes, then scrub it clean.
If you want brighter, whiter clothing, bleach is the typical go-to solution. Did you know, though, that you can get brighter clothes by adding baking soda to the wash?
- After the washer fills, add 1/2 cup of baking soda (in addition to your green laundry detergent) to make your clothes brighter and remove dingy looking whites.
- Rather than using Febreze on your laundry baskets, you can sprinkle a bit of baking soda in the bottom to neutralize odors.
Whether you have carpet or tile, baking soda can remove stains and deodorize your floors. For example:
- For stains on a carpet, you can pour baking soda on the area, covering the stain. Let it dry, then vacuum it up. This works exceptionally well for dog accidents.
- For a tile floor, combine a squirt of Dawn dish soap, a half cup of baking soda, a cup of vinegar and water to remove stains and bring back shine.
Give baking soda a try for cleaning and deodorizing your bedroom.
- Your mattress can get really dirty over time. Whether you spill something on it or it just needs to be deodorized, sprinkling your mattress with baking soda and letting it sit can brighten it and remove stains.
- Got stinky feet? Try keeping a few tablespoons of baking soda in your shoes or even a box in your shoe closet to neutralize odors and get rid of that smell.
Rather than buying expensive cleaners to revitalize your furniture or get rid of stains on the wall, you can use baking soda to remove stains and get rid of odors.
- You can just sprinkle baking soda on your furniture or create a paste with water to use as a mild scrub.
- You can also add a few sprinkles to a wet wash cloth to remove scuff marks and crayon from walls.
Baking soda isn't just a cleaner. You can also use it to replace personal items that might have toxic ingredients as well.
- A cup of coconut oil and two tablespoons of baking soda can make a great aluminum free deodorant. You can store this in a glass container or empty deodorant container.
- Mix baking soda and water to make a paste and you can clean and brighten your teeth. Dip a wet toothbrush in and use just like toothpaste.
- Combine a cup of coconut oil with a tablespoon of baking soda to make a skin exfoliant. Storing this in a small glass container works perfectly.
- Baking soda can be used as a safe and effective antacid. Just add about a teaspoon of baking soda to a cup of water and sip it slowly.
Rid Yourself of Toxins
Taking steps to remove toxic chemicals from your life can be great for your health. This doesn't have to mean making elaborate life changes. Instead, just grab a box or two of baking soda to have on hand.