Because of the concern for the environment these days, to say nothing of all the concerned mums out there who don’t want to deal with chemical cleaners that might pose a health risk to herself and her family, plus the dislike of how ‘cleaner-ish’ some products can smell, among many other reasons, people have been turning to natural, DIY solutions to cleaning tasks.
One of those solutions is as simple as opening your kitchen cupboards: baking soda.
Now, you might be familiar with baking soda for deodorising: place an open box in your refrigerator (aka ‘icebox’ to some people), and just leave it there. But the other things you can clean with baking soda will truly surprise you.
1) Kitchen Counters. Just put a bit of baking soda on a wet cloth and wipe your counters clean. This helps mostly if you already clean as you go while cooking and don’t let dirt build up.
2) Burnt-On Food. Add baking soda to hot water. Let this mixture sit overnight, then wash the next day. The burnt-on food will be much easier to remove.
3) Your Pets. To help remove the odour of ‘wet dog’ after a walk in the rain, sprinkle their wet fur with baking soda and brush it through their fur. Just make sure they’ve taken the time to ‘shake’ the excess water off themselves, or else they’ll fling baking soda everywhere, including you. Also, if you don’t already purchase cat litter with baking soda added, try sprinkling baking soda into the litter you already have. It’s a cheaper option overall, and your cats won’t really know the difference.
4) Laundry Items. Sprinkle baking soda into your hamper (if you have one), to keep the hamper from smelling between uses. Also, pretreat any stains with a baking soda paste or simply add a bit of baking soda to your wash.
5) Oil Spills In the Garage. Many people purchase kitty litter for this task, particularly if their car has an oil leak. But if you don’t have oil spills all that often, and you don’t have cats, kitty litter is going to be a pricey choice. Instead, grab a box of baking soda and sprinkle it onto the mess in question. It works just as well as kitty litter and is a fraction of the cost.
There are so many helpful uses for baking soda that it might be a wise choice to purchase it in bulk, if you can. That way you can get in the habit of using a moreRead More