Cleaning with Baking Soda and Vinegar
Baking soda’s cleaning power comes from several properties, both physical and chemical:
- Baking soda is a mild abrasive, thus it can physicaly remove stains by scrubbing.
- It reacts with grease in stains, leading to the formation of glycerol (a common ingredient in soaps).
- In combination with vinegar, carbonic acid and carbon dioxide are produced, both with capacity to enchance the scrubbing effect.
- As an alkali, baking soda has the capacity to neutralize acids in odor molecules, thus eliminating bad smells.
Baking soda has several advantages over other commercial cleaning products, such as:
- It is non-toxic, non-poisonous. It does not introduce new hazards to your home, water supply, pets or children.
- It is multi-purpose. We are going to present most popular and verified solutions.
- It is cheap.
- There is no risk of provoking allergic reactions.
- You will have to work more hard to clean with baking soda as opposed to cleaning with specialized products. Thus, living more healthy by more exercise.
- Unlike other common scouring powders, baking soda won’t leave scratches when scrubbing various surfaces, because: a) it is dissolvable in water, b) diameter of its granules are only 65 microns (0.0026 inches, or 0.0065 centimeters)
- It is safe and effective for numerous materials: steel, chrome, plastic, enamel, sinks, countertops.
Reducing garbage odors
Deodorizing the thrash can
Sprinkle the bottom of the thrash can with the baking soda.
Sprinkle the contents of the thrash can.
Keeping the canister clean
Rinse the canister with about 1 cup (0,2l) of baking soda to about 1 gallon (3-4 l) water.
More efficient dishwashing
Mix 2 big tablespoons of baking soda with regular detergent. Wash your dishes.
Removing burned-on foods on pots, pans and grill
Sprinkle larger amount of baking soda, add your regular detergent, add hot water. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes. If stubborn, leave it overnight. Scrub.
Or, spray a 50% water and 50% white distilled vinegar mixture on the cooking surface. Leave some time, then scrub.
Removing charcoal buildup from grill
Crumple into ball an aluminium foil, immerse it into white distilled vinegar. Scrub the grate thoroughly with the foil.
Removing stale odors from food containers
Wash the containers with hot water and baking soda.
Or/and, wipe the containers with a cloth dampened with white distilled vinegar.
Scrub it with with baking soda. For stubborn stains, let it soak in a mixture of baking soda and water.
Removing extremely stubborn stale odors from food containers
Soak the container in baking soda/hot water mixture overnight. Wash with hot water and baking soda.
Mix 3 parts of baking soda to 1 part water. Rub the paste on each silver item. Rinse with hot water.
Cleaning and refreshing sponges
Mix 4 tablespoons baking soda with 1 quart (1l) warm water, and soak sponges in.
Or, put the sponge in water (just to cover it). Add 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar in the water. Let it soak for some time (over night).
Removing tea stains on teapots
Soak the teapot in 1/4 cup (60 ml) baking soda and 1 quart (1l) warm water overnight. Wash.”
Cleaning stained porcelain toilet bowls
Take a cup (0,2l) of baking soda and sprinkle the toilet. Let it sit for 30-60 minutes. Sprinkle some vinegar over it. Scrub with a bowl brush. Flush.
Clean lime and soap buildup from faucets
Mix 1 tsp vinegar with 2 tbsp salt to form a paste. Apply to the faucet and rub with a cloth.
Cleaning shower doors from soap and toothbrush stains
Sprinkle some baking soda on a damp cloth/sponge and wipe down.
Or, wipe with pure white distilled vinegar. Rinse with water.
Fresh air in the bathroom
Mix 1 cup water with 1 tablespoon of white distilled vinegar and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Put the mixture into some sprayer and spray into the air.
Kill the evil germs
Spray the area with white distilled vinegar. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Don’t look back.
Cleaning bathroom floors
Mix baking soda with a warm water in a bucket. Mop. Rinse.
Fixing sluggish shower heads
Soak the shower head in a mixture of 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 quart (1l) water. Let it sit from 20 minutes to overnight, depending on how severe is the congestion with mineral deposits.
Create a runny paste from water and baking soda. Scrub (you can use an old toothbrush for example). Rinse.
Or; let the white distilled vinegar sit on the grout for a few minutes. Scrub it with a toothbrush.
Cleaning Grout with fungus
Create a paste from 3 parts baking soda to 1 part bleach. Rinse and dry.
Soap scum is white solid that results from the addition of body oils/fats in soap to the hard water. Howstuffworks recommends this recipe for hard cases of soap scum:
“To treat stubborn cases, add 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) baking soda, 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) vinegar and 1 cup (235 milliliters) ammonia to 1 gallon (3.8 liters) warm water. Douse the area and rinse it well. Wear rubber gloves and make sure the room is well ventilated when mixing and using this solution: Ammonia is a caustic. It burns tissue on contact and the fumes can damage your lungs.”
Baking soda and vinegar for drains
Preventive for clogging drains
To avoid clogged drains, pour 1 cup baking soda down the drain. Then add 1 cup of hot white distilled vinegar. The mixture will try to escape – be prepared to stop it from escaping by plugging the hole with some cloth or something similar. Let it sit for 5 minutes. After that, run plenty of hot water down the drain. Do it weekly if possible.
Detailed info on this method is available here.
Sprinkle 1/2 cup (slightly more than 0,1l) of baking soda down the drain while running warm water at the same time.
Sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth, or directly on the spot. Wipe. Rinse with clean water.
VINEGAR TIP: Mix 50% white distilled vinegar and 50% water. Soak in some cloth and you are ready to clean.
Removing stubborn stains from most surfaces
Create a baking soda paste: mix 3 parts baking soda with one part water. Apply on the spot. Let it sit. Scrub, wipe. Rinse.
Removing scents from a carpet
Sprinkle the carpet with baking soda. Let stand for about 30 minutes. Vacuum. If needed, repeat the procedure.
Cleaning tile floors
Add 1/2 cup (slightly more than 0,1l) of baking soda to a bucket of warm water. Mop, rinse.
Sprinkle baking soda over a clean damp cloth/sponge. Wipe. Rinse.
Cleaning walls and furniture
Sprinkle baking soda over a damp cloth/sponge. Wipe. Rinse.
Removing a candle wax from surfaces
Soak a cloth in a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. Wipe away the wax.
Keeping clothing fresh and bright
Replace half of each measure of laundry detergent with baking soda. Or, add a cup of baking soda to the wash load.
Removing grease stains
Pretreat the stains with a baking soda/water mixture. Or/and, add baking soda to the wash load.
Increasing the effectiveness of chlorine bleach
Add 1/2 cup (slightly more than 0,1l) baking soda to the laundry, along with the usual amount of bleach.
Refreshing sheets and towels
Add 1/2 cup (slightly more than 0,1l) baking soda to the rinse cycle.
Removing sweat and odors from shoes
Sprinkle baking soda inside the shoes and let sit for some time.
Remove stains from old socks and sweaty clothes
Prepare a large pot of water. Add 1 cup of distilled white vinegar into the pot. Bring this solution to a boil. Put the stained clothes inside the pot. Let it soak overnight. In the morning, clothes should be refreshed and brightened.
Babies and children
Deodorizing baby bottles
Fill bottle with warm water. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Shake. Rinse.
Cleaninng children’s toys
Mix 1/4 cup (60ml) baking soda with 1 quart (1,0l) warm water. Wet the cloth/sponge in the mixture (or submerge the toys in it) and wipe. Rinse with clear water.
Preventing odors from the litterbox or aquariums
Sprinkle baking soda over it. Clean with baking soda and warm water.
Cleaning pet toys
Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 quart (1 liter) warm water. Scrub toys with the mix.
Cleaning pet cages – calcium deposits
Pour vinegar on the calcium deposits and leave it for several minutes. Mineral deposits should dissolve. Repeat if necessary, but deposits should come off easily. Rinse with water and dry. Oh, you should take your pet out of the cage before doing all this.
Sprinkle their fur with baking soda. Brush it through.
Cleaning stuffed animals
Sprinkle baking soda on the stuffed animals. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Dust off.
Cleaning stains and smell after pet “accidents”
Mix about 1/2 cup vinegar with 1 quart (1l) of water. Immerse some cloth into the mixture, and dab the mess with the cloth until the spot is gone.
Sprinkle the baking soda onto a damp cloth or sponge. Apply directly to furniture. Wipe.
Keeping the closets fresh
Pour baking soda to a box, or a bowl, and keep it open. Put it somewhere in the corner of the closet.
Cleaning the microwave
Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp cloth/sponge. Wipe both the interior and exterior of the microwave.
VINEGAR TIP: Mix 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar with 1/2 cup water in a bowl that is microwave-safe. Put the bowl inside the microwave, and turn it on. Fumes will loose baked-on foods, and odors will be eliminated. Wipe clean – don’t burn yourself if too hot.
Killing the rotting stench in the fridge
Toss all the rotten things away. Clean the fridge from inside. Spray surfaces with white distilled vinegar. Put the open box/bowl of baking soda inside the fridge. Replace once per month.
Cleaning the coffee machine
Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp cloth/sponge. Scrub the coffee machine.
VINEGAR TIP for removing mineral deposits: Add 1 cup of white distilled vinegar to the water reservoir. Run the cycle. After that, rinse it clean by running the cycle once or twice more with plain water.
Deodorizing and cleaning the dishwasher
Sprinkle the baking soda on the bottom of the machine. It should absorb food odors before the next washing cycle.
VINEGAR TIP: Pour a cup of white distilled vinegar inside the empty machine. Turn the machine on – the most badass cycle it has. Do it monthly.
Cleaning the oven
Mix baking soda with water. Apply inside the oven. Leave it over the night. Scrub and rinse.
Cleaning and deodorizing Other Stuff
Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of an ashtray to prevent unpleasent odors.
Cleaning camping and fishing gear
Mix 4 tablespoons baking soda and 1 quart (1 l) water. Wipe the gear with mixture.
Deodorizing gym bags
Dust some baking soda directly on the bag.
Cleaning the pool toys
Mix 1/4 cup (60ml) baking soda with 1 quart (1 l) warm water. Wipe the pool toys with the mixture.
Cleaning hairbrushes and combs
Sip 1 teaspoon baking soda into the bucket of warm water, and mix. Soak hairbrushes and combs into the mixture. Rinse.
Washing the car
Mix 1/4 (60ml) cup baking soda in 1 quart (1,0l) warm water. Use the solution to clean chrome, windows, tires, vinyl seats and floor mats without scratches.
Remove stickers’ glue residue
Apply vinegar to glue residue. Let it sit for a few minutes. Wipe it clean.
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