You may have heard the saying that baking soda and vinegar will clean just about anything in your home. Well, it is actually very true. These two cheap home remedies are able to handle nearly any type of dirt, stains and odors at home. Vinegar is a disinfectant and excellent cleaning agent, and baking soda (aka sodium bicarbonate) is also an excellent cleaner and odor remover. Most of all, both are perfectly safe for you, your children and pets, and both are easy to access and very cheap.
So, if you are asking yourself what types of stains you can remove with sodium bicarbonate, I have assembled a brief list of possible uses of this wonderful product for cleaning up and removing stains and smells for all interested.
Baking soda – the main cleaning tool in your home
First of all, baking soda can be used successfully to remove almost any kind of stain or smell from carpeting. It is highly efficient, when combined with some white distilled vinegar, dishwasher soap and 3% hydrogen peroxide and some water in getting out some of the worst stains, including pet urine and vomit stains and odors.
Separately, when sprinkled on the carpet and left to sit overnight before being vacuumed away, baking soda can remove bad odors and naturally deodorize your carpet or rug.
In fact, baking soda can help remove nearly any stubborn stain from carpets or other surfaces. Just mix a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water in a bowl, and apply the paste on the stain. Let it stand and then wipe off or vacuum off. This works for ovens, cooktops, sinks and for any surfaces in your home. Surfaces are best cleaned by sprinkling them with the baking soda and then wiping them with a damp cloth.
Soda bicarbonate can help remove an unpleasant odor from your fridge. All you need to do is place a small open container filled with baking soda in the refrigerator, and the smell will be gone. The same goes for garbage pails. Just sprinkle some soda in it, and the nasty odor will be neutralized.
Burnt on food will come off more easily if you sprinkle your pot with some baking soda add a little hot water and let sit overnight. On the next day, you will be able to remove the food residue much easier.
Some more good uses of baking soda
It can be successfully used to:
- stop potentially dangerous grease fires which can happen when you are cooking on a dirty cooktop or oven
- help avoid clogged drains by performing a weekly prophylactic baking soda treatment – pouring ¼ cup of soda bicarbonate in the drain and then rinsing with hot water.
- remove the stale smoke smell in the house of smokers is to sprinkle some soda bicarbonate on the bottom of the ashtrays.
- reduce and remove the nasty smells, if you have a cat – you can sprinkle its litter box with some baking soda
- remove pet urine and vomit stains and odor – you can also remove nasty odor from the pets themselves absolutely safely and easily. To do that sprinkle your pet with some baking soda, and brush it out with a pet brush.
- increase the freshness of the washed clothes – replace half of the laundry detergent with each load. You should also clean your washing machine by running it empty with soda bicarbonate instead of washing detergent and some vinegar in the drum of the washing machine.
So, there are more than 1 or 2 reasons to go out and buy yourself some more baking soda for your home! In fact, you should probably buy bulk quantities of it.