One of the greatest cleaning solutions you have is actually in your kitchen cabinet. Baking soda can do so much from oral hygiene to cleaning your kitchen counters. Here are a few ways that you can use baking soda to clean your home in a more green and natural way.
Keep in mind anytime that you are cleaning with baking soda that it is a slightly abrasive compound. If you have vanities that are sensitive, avoid baking soda on these surfaces. Otherwise, you can use the baking soda on the entire bathroom.
Sprinkle baking soda over your bathroom faucet and in the sink. With a wet sponge, clean surfaces. Rinse well. Do the same for the bathroom and shower.
The toilet is a whole different scenario that other bathroom fixtures. Yes, it can be cleaned with baking soda, but due to its role in the house, it needs a little extra. Take a little baking soda and mix with four times the amount vinegar. Pour it into your toilet and use the brush to clean the sides. Let it set for a few minutes before flushing.
Your entire kitchen could be cleaned with just baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice. Tough stains should be treated first with lemon juice and then scrubbed with baking soda. Any item needing disinfecting needs vinegar added to the baking soda to neutralize the odors.
It is also great as an oven cleaner. Mix with water or vinegar to form a paste. Cover inside of oven with the mixture while avoiding any burn elements. Let sit for 30 minutes to an hour and then scrub clean.
Don’t wait until you need a plumber to clean out your drains. Use baking soda sprinkled in your drain followed by hot water or vinegar.
Sprinkle baking soda in your carpet and let it sit for 15 – 20 minutes. Vacuum up. No harsh chemicals.
You don’t have to buy expensive dog or cat shampoos. Just sprinkle baking soda on them and after a few minutes brush out. Any baking soda left in the fur will continue to neutralize smells.
When you baking soda, you can rest assured that it is safe for your family and your pets. It won’t harm you if digested (as long as it is not the whole box) and it continues to work long after you are done cleaning. Your health and the health of your family is affected by the cleaning products you use. Can you really name what can be found in all the products on the grocery shelves? Baking soda is safe and natural. Try using it and see how much better you will knowing that you are creating a healthier environment for your family.
Article by Rebecca Graf
I am a mother of three and a wife to a wonderful history and English professor. After spending 4 years in college and 20 years practicing accounting, the economy helped me make a few changes in my life. I was faced with for the first time the chance to follow my passions. I love to read, crochet, study, teach, and experience life to its fullest. Come with me on a journey of learning about natural health and how our lives can be experienced to the fullest we ever thought possible.
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