They say ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ – well with these tips and a jumbo tub of baking soda, you can feel positively saint-like when you achieve a sparkling home, whilst saving money and helping the environment along the way.
Have a look in any house-proud woman’s cleaning cupboard, and you’ll probably find an array of cleaning products which are a. expensive, b. full of chemicals and other nasties, and c. totally unnecessary! Get yourself the biggest tub of baking soda you can find and prepare to be amazed at all the household cleaning tasks it can take on.
In the kitchen:
Instead of using a costly spray to clean your worktops, simply sprinkle them with baking soda and wipe with a clean damp cloth – no nasty smells, and no leftover chemicals to worry about when preparing food later! It works for scuffs and marks on floors too!
A small pot of baking soda placed at the back of your refrigerator will act as a natural deodoriser to keep nasty smells at bay.
To clean silverware – make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to one part water, rub it over each piece, rinse in warm water & buff with a soft cloth.
To budge burned on food from the bottom of pans, sprinkle in some baking soda, pour on boiling water and leave to soak overnight – your pans will soon be good as new.
Get rid of stale smells in plastic food containers by rinsing with warm water & baking soda.
Don’t waste money on an expensive fabric softener – half a cup of baking soda added to your rinse cycle will act as a natural softener without any need for harsh chemicals – great news for anyone with sensitive skin.
For brighter whites, forget bleach – just add half a cup of baking soda to your regular detergent to naturally rejuvenate greying white shirts to their former glory.
Stubborn stains? Make a baking soda paste (3 parts soda to one water) and rub directly into the stain before washing as normal.
In the bathroom:
A baking soda paste makes a great cleanser for all bathroom surfaces and taps – it’s naturally abrasive and cleansing, so will help you achieve a sparkling shine with no bleach.
Once a week, pour 1/4 of a cup of baking soda down the drain and rinse with warm water to keep blockages at bay.
Keep your brushes & combs in great condition by giving them a baking soda ‘bath’ once a week.
To get rid of ‘wet dog’ smell from the family hound – simply sprinkle their coat with a little baking soda and brush through – it’s 100% natural so not harmful at all.
Stale odours coming from your carpet? Sprinkle with baking soda, leave to settle for half an hour, then vacuum as normal – nasty whiffs be gone!
A baking soda solution is the perfect cleanser for children’s toys – you can even decant into a spray bottle to make life easier – and it’s 100% natural, so you don’t need to worry about using it around younger members of the family.
So next time you’re at the supermarket, bypass the cleaning products aisle & stock up on baking soda instead – the uses are endless, it’s eco friendly & it’ll save you a small fortune!