Baking soda’s hidden superpowers. Who knew this humble ingredient lurking in your pantry could wield so much power?
Here are 10 eco-friendly, non-toxic, safe (and super surprising) cleaning hacks you can pull off – simply by slipping in some baking soda!
See below for 10 of baking soda’s hidden superpowers:
1. Really clean your fresh produce
Fresh produce (like fruit and vegetables) are commonly sprayed with pesticides that we really don’t want in our family’s diet. With baking soda, you can easily remove these. In fact, some scientific studies have proven that baking soda is more effective at pesticide removal than commercial produce wash and harsh chemicals like bleach.
Fill a bowl with about 300 ml of water, add 2 tbsp of baking soda, stir until completely dissolved, then gently wipe down your fresh produce with the solution. Don’t forget to pat dry.
2. Get rid of really tough stains
From oven grease to stovetop spills, from burnt food in a pan to mildew between the tiles… create a power-packed paste by combining 1 part water to 3 parts baking soda. Apply that paste and let it sit for a while – even overnight for really tough stains. Then spray the paste with white vinegar and wipe it off. Simple, yet super powerful too.
3. Give your washing machine a good clean
Why would you ever want to wash your washing machine right? We’re so glad you asked! Over time, a slimy, soapy residue mixed with old water and dirt gets into all the hard to reach parts of your washing machine. The best way to get rid of it? Throw a cup of baking soda and a cup of white vinegar into the empty drum of your front loader, then run it on its hottest cycle (with nothing else inside).
4. Eliminate Carpet Odours
If you have pets or your carpet constantly comes into contact with moisture, they’re going to smell. Refresh your carpet by scattering baking soda all over it (liberally) and leaving overnight. The next day, vacuum up the baking soda and all funky smells will go with it.
5. Clean your toothbrush
Did you know that your toothbrush contains lots of germs and bacteria and needs to be cleaned frequently? Us neither! Here’s how to keep it clean: Mix 2 tbsp of baking soda into 1 cup of water. Soak your toothbrush overnight, then simply rinse under cold water. Unlike chemical cleaners, baking soda is non-toxic.
6. Freshen up your feet
If you have sweaty feet or live in humid areas, your shoes can get smelly really fast. Here’s a quick fix: Sprinkle about 1 tsp of baking soda into each shoe. Let it sit overnight, then throw out the powder the next day. Baking soda draws out the smell leaving your shoe fresh and odourless.
7. Smelly fridge? Send Baking Soda to the rescue!
As you may have guessed by this point, baking soda is well known for absorbing strong odours. If your fridge or freezer is smelling less than fresh, here’s how to fix that: pour baking soda into a container, then just… leave it there until the smell is gone.
8. Deodorize your chopping board and deep clean those water bottles
For your chopping boards, first, slice a lemon in half. Then sprinkle 2 tbsp of baking soda onto the board. Use the half lemon as your sponge to scrub the board. This eliminates the odour and leaves the cutting board fresh and clean. This will work for any dodgy-smelling Tupperware and plastic containers too.
For hard-to-really-clean juice bottle nozzles and water bottles, add 3 tsp of baking soda, fill with water and let them soak overnight. Pour out the water, rinse and they’re ready to use again!
9. Freshen up your wardrobe
If your wardrobe starts to smell less than fresh, this could be due to humidity levels and not enough air ventilation. Of course, baking soda is here to save the day. Just open a box of baking soda and leave it inside the wardrobe. That’s really all you have to do.
10. Keep garden pests away
Who knew that baking soda was a garden must-have too! Is there anything this stuff can’t do? It’s a natural pesticide, it increases the ph level of soils, repels pest and boosts plant growth.
Make a garden super spray by mixing an equal part of baking soda and water with a couple of drops of olive oil into a spray bottle.
Use the spray on leaves and soil to prevent slugs and fungi from developing.
Which one of these tips are you going to try next mums?
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