Cleaning with Baking Soda

Recently, we have rid our home of toxic cleaners. Anything that has the number of poison control on the label does not make it in to the cabinet. The replacement for nearly all of these cleaners – tub and sink scrub, toilet cleaner, stove and oven cleaner – have been replaced by the humble baking soda. Not only have I been enjoying the peace of mind, lack of fumes, lower cleaning product bills, and healthier hands, I have not found any of the following recipes to be less effective.

Tub/Sink Scrub
Mix mound of baking soda with just enough gentle dish detergent to make a thick paste. Wipe on and scrub with a sponge, rinse with water.

Oven/Stove/Baked-on Dirty Dishes Cleaner
Dampen surface with wet sponge. Sprinkle baking soda on surface generously and scrub with the wet sponge. Rinse and wipe clean.

Toilet Cleaner
Sprinkle bowl generously with baking soda. Pour white vinegar in water. Dampen toilet brush in vinegar water and scrub bowl.

Carpet Cleaner
Baking soda can be sprinkled all over your carpet before vaccuuming to deodorize your whole home! Or, if you have a smelly spot from an old pet stain, rub baking soda into the stain, then saturate with white vinegar. This creates is an instant anti-stink bomb that keeps the smell at bay for weeks.

Happy cleaning!


3 responses to “Cleaning with Baking Soda

  1. I am also a huge fan of baking soda! I love letting it soak into things–rinsing off becomes ridiculously easy. I’ve found that I can a surprising bit with rubbing alcohol too.

    I love your blog, by the way!

  2. Thanks Elizabeth! Another trick with dishes is that I use an old/promotional credit card for scraping the gunk off dishes. It keeps the dish sponge or brush from getting gross! And I’ve been enjoying your blog too 🙂

  3. Vinegar makes a GREAT disinfectant. I use it in my toilet and on counters.

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