Everyone knows to put an open box of baking soda in the back of the fridge, and it will help absorb odors. Did you also know that by cleaning with baking soda you can freshen every room in your house?
So much cleaning, so little time. Do you know what would make house cleaning way more fun? A maid.
In the meantime, give the once over to the tips below on how to use baking soda throughout your home.
Let’s start in the kitchen
If you sprinkle some baking soda onto a damp sponge, you can use it to wipe down almost any surface. Use it to make counters, stovetops, sinks, and faucets gleam.
Want to make your produce gleam? Add a teaspoon of baking soda to a large bowl of water. Let your fruits and veggies soak in there for a couple of minutes. Gently scrub with a brush and rinse. Waxy layers and pesticides are gone!
Want to store those fruits and veggies in gleaming containers too, but you reheated spaghetti in them last, and now they are pale orange? Baking soda to the rescue!
Try wiping the containers with a baking soda and water paste first. If that’s not enough, mix four tablespoons of baking soda into one quart of water and soak the containers overnight.
Now that we’re done in the kitchen let’s move down the hall.
To the dreaded bathroom
Cleaning with baking soda is a dream come true in the bathroom.
We may have left the kitchen, but is your curling iron a baked-on mess? You can use a baking soda paste here too.
Apply the paste to the curling iron and scrub gently. Too much abrasion can wear away some ceramic coverings, so be gentle. Baked on styling products are now gone.
Are your drains running a little slow? Try pouring a half cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a half cup of vinegar. Wait until the combination stops bubbling. Then pour six cups of hot water down the drain as well.
This mix is safe for pipes and won’t hurt septic systems either.
Your kitty’s bathroom needs attention too. Add baking soda to litter boxes to keep litter box odor at bay.
In the boudoir
Keep your jewelry sparkling by creating a paste of 3-parts baking soda to 1-part water. Apply to each piece with a lint-free cloth and rinse. Restore the shine in no time.
How long have you had that mattress? Vacuum the mattress and then sprinkle the surface with baking soda. Let it sit for 30 minutes and vacuum again. Voila – fresh-smelling sleeping quarters.
Speaking of smell, can we talk about the shoes? Pour baking soda directly into those smelly shoes and leave them to sit. Just tap out any excess powder before wearing again. It’s that simple.
Remember that open box of baking soda in the fridge? That trick works in the closet too. Leave a fresh, opened container of baking soda on the shelves, and it will absorb odors there as well.
Let’s do some living in the living room
Freshen up musty upholstery by sprinkling baking soda on the fabric. Wait 15 minutes and vacuum.
Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix well. Place that mixture into an empty spray bottle and fill with water.
You now have a perfect room spray for the living room and the rest of the house.
Fireplace doors blackened? Sprinkle some baking soda onto crumpled up, wet, newspaper. Scrub the glass with this newspaper and wipe with a clean cloth: no scratches, but lots of sparkles.
Cleaning with baking soda gives you an unbelievable clean in the living room too!
Don’t forget the laundry
If you add a cup of baking soda, along with your usual detergent, to a load of laundry, you can make your clothes and linens brighter. Use as a pre-soak for heavy odors like sweat or smoke.
Add baking soda to diaper pails and create an always ready pre-soak. Soak diapers before washing to remove odors.
Time to make slime
Now, here is the real reason you need to give TLC Cleaning a call right now. With the time you save by letting them do the cleaning, you can make colored slime with baking soda too.
Here is what you need:
-One 4-6oz bottle of white liquid all-purpose washable school glue
-½ teaspoon of baking soda
-1 ½ tablespoon multipurpose contact lens solution
-a few drops of liquid food coloring
Mix the baking soda, lens solution, and food coloring in a bowl. Add the glue and mix with a spoon or your hands.
The slime will become less sticky the more it is kneaded. Add more baking soda for a thicker, grittier texture. Add small amounts of water for a thinner, runnier slime.
You can also add glitter, or start with glitter glue, to make sparkly slime.
And when you’re all done? Call TLC Cleaning and let them take care of the mess. You have things to go slime!