Baking soda (or bicarbonate of soda) is a naturally occurring material that is non-toxic, inexpensive, and a great household cleaner.
By the Conservation Committee of the Rye Garden Club
Baking soda (or bicarbonate of soda) is a naturally occurring material that is non-toxic, inexpensive, and a great household cleaner. Try the tricks below instead of chemically based commercial products for a safer, healthier, and clean home.
Bathrooms: Sprinkle in sinks and bathtubs. Add one part water. Makes a good counter, tile, and grout cleaner.
Drains: Clear clogs by mixing equal parts vinegar and baking soda, at least a ½ cup of each. Let sit, and then pour boiling water to rinse.
Polish: Silver polish is expensive. Forgo it completely for baking soda and a damp cloth or sponge. Stainless steel and chrome can be polished this way, too.
Absorb Odors: Many of us know to put a box of baking soda in the fridge to soak up bad smells. Sprinkle it in garbage cans and cat litter boxes to catch some more bad smells.
Laundry Boost: Add ½ cup to your washing machine once it is full of water to boost your detergent’s cleaning power and to remove odors. Mix baking soda and a little vinegar to spot-clean stains.
Ovens, Pots, and Pans: Apply a paste of baking soda and water to the sides of a dirty oven to absorb grease. Then scrub it off with a brush or rough cloth and your oven will be spotless. When there is burnt food in the bottom of a pan, sprinkle it with baking soda. Then add hot water and let it soak. Food will come loose much more easily.
Carpets: Sprinkle on rugs, let sit for at least 15 minutes, and then vacuum to remove bad odors.
Flowers: Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with one quart of water to feed your cut flowers and extend their beauty.
Indoor Plants: Combine one-half cup baking soda and one gallon of water to gently wash the leaves of your indoor plants. Apply with a sponge or cloth. Then rinse with water.