Last Updated on April 8, 2021 by Corinne Schmitt
These baking soda cleaning tips and tricks will help you save money and tackle some of your toughest cleaning tasks at the same time!
Baking soda has been a longstanding staple of any homemaker’s arsenal. As a product, baking soda can be used for so much more than cooking and baking. It has tons of uses as a cleaning product which many might not know about.
Baking soda is typically inexpensive, and it is easy to turn into or add to other solutions and pastes making it a perfect product to keep on hand. Following are some great tips and tricks to get the most out of baking soda, and to help you clean like a pro.
Benefits Of Baking Soda
As previously mentioned, baking soda is a rather inexpensive mineral to have on-hand. It is used in tons of recipes so many families already have a decent supply of it around the house.
It is also very easy to store and measure as it is a powder. You can really keep it anywhere for use at any time. It is also useful as it does not carry that chemical smell that you will notice when using other cleaners.
Baking soda is affordable, it works great and it even smells good when used, what is not to love?
Baking Soda Cleaning Tips And Tricks
Sometimes you do not even have to use baking soda as an ingredient, as it can often be directly used for cleaning. For example, sprinkling baking soda onto surfaces before wiping them down with a damp rag can really help remove stuck on dirt and even oils.
Baking soda is perfect for getting tough stains and spills off of surfaces. In fact, baking soda can even be used to clean off stove tops which are usually a pain to scrub down, but with baking soda your stove will look great.
Be careful with glass top stoves. Test it in a small area before using it all over to make sure it doesn’t scratch.
Mopping Floors With Baking Soda
Mixing a half cup of baking soda into a bucket of warm water to mop with can work wonders on your floors. There are several benefits to mopping with baking soda.
Baking soda does a fantastic job at cleaning floors and leaving them looking their best. It is also much more affordable than many specialized cleaners on the market (especially if you buy it by the gallon).
Additionally, it does not leave behind the chemical smell associated with using other cleaners for mopping and cleaning the home.
Baking Soda As A Deodorizer
Baking soda is perfect for deodorizing the less nasally appealing parts of the household. For example, you can sprinkle baking soda down the drain of your sink or garbage disposal and run warm water through it to help break down build ups and eliminate odors.
The smell of smoke can easily permeate into your clothes, but with just a simple soak in warm water and baking soda your clothes will smell fresh as ever.
You can take old smelly cleaning rags and soak them in warm water and baking soda to easily remove the smell. You can even sprinkle baking soda onto a cutting board and scrub it to remove the odor that builds up over time.
Baking soda can even be sprinkled onto the bottom of your trash can to reduce garbage odors. With baking soda, it is incredibly easy to keep your house looking and smelling fresh!
Kids toys can be some of the dirtiest objects in your home, so it is important to regularly clean them. Cleaning toys can be hard sometimes, but baking soda makes it easy.
Simply dissolve four tablespoons of baking soda into a quart of warm water and allow the toys to soak for fifteen minutes. Then, rinse them off and allow them to dry before returning them to your kids.
Baking soda can help leave your grill looking great! Just sprinkle some baking soda onto the grill and scrub it down with warm water and a cleaning pad of your choice.
Watch as the grill starts to look brand new again and all of the burnt-on residue is taken off! Baking soda is perfect at breathing new life into your at-home appliances.
In a pinch, you can even use baking soda to de-ice the outside of your home. Simply sprinkle baking soda on steps and walkways to reduce ice and increase friction for traction around your house.
This is one of my favorite baking soda tricks since it’s so easy to sprinkle onto the ground and you almost always have some on hand.
Cleaning Sticky Messes
Some messes are tougher to get rid of than others, especially if they are sticky. Mixing together equal parts olive oil and baking soda along with a few drops of an acidic solution such as lemon juice can help you eliminate sticky messes.
Sticker residue, grease, oil, and even crayon are all easy to clean up with this solution. What’s more, there are several ways to use this tip whether in a spray bottle or applying it directly to the mess before wiping it down.
Cleaning Burnt Food Off Cooking Pans
Over time, burnt and stuck on food can become a real hassle on your pans. But with baking soda, it is an easy problem to solve. Simply sprinkle baking soda onto the pan and then pour some water onto it, thus forming a paste.
Leave the pan to sit for several hours, or overnight if you have to. Once you are ready, simply scrub the food off with a sponge. If the burnt food is being stubborn, repeat the process but use boiling water and scrub when the pan is cool.
Clean Stained Mugs
Naturally, most mugs will begin to stain over time, but you can use baking soda to easily restore the look of your favorite mugs. Simply sprinkle baking soda into the mug and pour warm water into it.
Then, scrub the cup using a sponge. It might take a few tries, but eventually it should come out and your mug will look great!
Baking soda is for much more than just baking. It has a ton of uses making it perfect to keep on hand for all of your cleaning needs.
With the tips on this list, you can use baking soda to maximize your cleaning efficiency. With so many uses, it will soon become part of your cleaning routine.