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Baking soda is an effective cleaner that can be used to clean many surfaces both indoors and outside. Discover tips on how to effectively clean and deodorize your home using baking soda. Baking soda is an all-natural, inexpensive cleaning agent
Next to vinegar, baking soda is one of the best natural, non-toxic household cleaners.  Many cleaning products are made up of harsh chemicals that have an unpleasant odor, are poisonous and can irritate our skin and eyes and cause respiratory distress. Baking soda is extremely versatile and there are several ways to use it as a powerful cleaning product both indoors and out.  Baking soda is also non-toxic and inexpensive.

To deodorize your sink drain, scatter approximately ½ cup of baking soda down the drain while running warm water. To deodorize upholstered furniture, dust with baking soda and let stand for 15 minutes, then vacuum away any residue.

Eliminate Smells

We are all looking for a quick and easy way to eliminate odors from inside of our homes. Using baking soda to absorb smells can be very effective. To freshen up your carpets, simply sprinkle them with baking soda prior to vacuuming. Adding baking soda to your cat’s litter box will help to control odor.  Sprinkle baking soda inside your laundry hamper several times a week to avoid smells between wash loads. Leave an open box of baking soda in the fridge to absorb food odors. Likewise, leave an open box of baking soda in your closet as well.

Clean Countertops and Hard Surfaces

To clean countertops and food prep areas, use a damp rag and apply baking soda. Wipe down surfaces and rinse with water if needed. To make a green, multi-surface cleaner add 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of sodium borate, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice or vinegar, and a bit of liquid soap to an empty spray bottle. Use the mixture to wipe down countertops and hard surfaces including the refrigerator, cabinets and walls.

Eliminate Scuff Marks

To remove scuffmarks from floors, smear baking soda upon a moist cloth. Apply directly to the marks and rub out the scuffs. Use this technique to also remove crayon stains. It is also effective in cleaning walls and furniture. To remove more stubborn marks or stains, make a paste of baking soda and water, apply it to the affected area and let it sit for several minutes. Wipe clean or scrub if necessary.

Remove Stains

To remove stubborn marks or stains on surfaces, make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the area and let it sit for several minutes, then wipe clean or scrub if necessary. To clean a stained teapot, mix ¼ cup baking soda in 1 quart of warm water. Soak the teapot overnight, and then wash thoroughly.

Remove Burnt-On Food

Rather than using a poisonous, foul-smelling, highly toxic oven cleaner, you can opt for a natural baking soda cleanser that is equally effective. Make a paste of baking soda and water. Coat the inside of your oven with the paste, paying special attention to areas with burnt-on food. Leave the paste on for several hours or overnight.

The burnt-on food should be loose enough to remove and scrub clean. To remove burnt or baked-on food from pots and pans, put a generous amount of baking soda inside of the pot followed by dishwashing liquid and hot water, let soak several minutes then clean.

Clean Silver

Don’t use offensive smelling silver polish to clean your sterling silver or silver-plated items. Instead, make a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Rub the paste directly onto your silver pieces using a clean rag. Once your silver has been coated with the paste, rinse clean.

Clean Household Items

Baking soda mixtures and pastes can be quite effective in cleaning and freshening many household items. To clean toys, mix baking soda with water and either immerse the toys in the solution or simply wipe toys down with the mixture. To freshen sheet and towels, add a ½ teaspoon of baking soda in your washers rinse cycle. To deodorize and clean stuffed animals or cloth toys, simply dust them with baking soda, let stand 5 minutes and shake off.

Soak hairbrushes in a mix of baking soda and water to remove oily buildup and residue, then rinse clean. Likewise, soak dentures and retainers in a glass of warm water and 2 teaspoons of baking soda. To freshen kitchen sponges soak in a solution of 4 tablespoons baking soda and 1 quart of water. This will help to clean sponges and remove musty odors.

Baking soda is an extremely versatile and very effective household cleaner. Whether using baking soda to clean indoors or out, you will be able to cleanse and deodorize a wide variety of items. Utilizing baking soda is not only inexpensive but non-toxic as well. If you are looking for a natural, non-irritating cleaner free of unpleasant odors then baking soda may be the right choice for you.