Can we use baking soda to clean our homes?
It seems that baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is the most lucrative household product. Washing soda (sodium carbonate) is another powerful household product, yet less popular because it cannot be ingested. However, if you use washing soda (and in most cases you can) do not forget to wear rubber gloves.
Garden tools – Use baking soda to clean trimmers, clippers, and more. Dip a moist stiff-bristled brush into it and scrub. Rinse it and place in a sunny area to dry. Do not use washing soda on aluminum.
Garage floor and other concrete surfaces – Pour baking soda on oil and grease spots, sprinkle with water until a paste forms. Leave it overnight, scrub it with a damp brush the next day, hose down, and wipe clean.
Coffee and tea stains and mugs – Mix 1 part of baking soda and two parts of water and fill it. Soak overnight; rub with a sponge and rinse.
Upholstered furniture – Sprinkle baking soda on the fabric to remove odors. Vacuum it after sprinkling. You can use baking soda in the same way to clean carpets.
Walls – One can use baking soda paste to erase crayon marks on the walls. Mix equal parts of baking soda and water and remember that baking soda may dull colored walls, so use it only on white walls. Let the paste dry before brushing it off with a clean cloth.
Silver – Use baking soda to polish silver – line a pan with aluminum foil filled with water. Add a teaspoon of baking soda and salt. Bring to boil and immerse silver. Polish with soft cloth.
Stainless steel – Clean stainless cookware using mixture made of 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 quarter of water. Use soft cloth, and wipe dry using clean sloth.
Tub and Tile – Rub in baking soda with a dump sponge and rinse with fresh water.
Toilet Bowl – Mix 1 cup of vinegar and ¼ cup of baking soda, pour into basin and let it sour for a few minutes. Scrub it with brush and rinse.
Oily and greasy spots – Add baking soda on the spills in the garage and scrub with a wet brush.
What can we do with Vinegar?
Vinegar is an all-purpose cleaner. Most of the areas in the house you can clean with a simple solution made from water and vinegar in a spray bottle. However, keep in mind that improperly diluted vinegar is highly acidic and it can eat away at tile grout. You should not worry about the smell either; smell disappears when it dries.