Everyone has a tub or two of bicarbonate of soda laying about the kitchen. From its use in science experiments for the kids or baking treats for the whole family, it’s a cut-price ingredient that has seemingly endless uses. An old favourite for its uses in cleaning, both with and without other ingredients such as vinegar or lemon juice, it’s something you can certainly make the most of if you’re after a quick-fix cleaning solution.
Here are all of the different cleaning uses for baking soda in your home.
How to brighten your laundry whites using bicarbonate of soda
If your whites are looking a bit more grey than white, it’s time to try baking soda.
Add one cup of bicarbonate of soda to your next load of laundry alongside your regular liquid detergent, and they will emerge much brighter than before.
This hack is perfect for freshening up children’s school shirts and polos.
Unblocking your drains using baking soda
Shockingly, baking soda can be used to unblock clogged up drains.
All you need to do is pour half a cup down your sink followed by two cups of vinegar and watch the chemical reaction transform into frothy lava.
Leave to settle and it should magically dissolve any built-up grime.
However, your sink could require a bit of extra help.
If so, you can mix one cup of soda with two cups of washing powder, followed by vinegar, before finishing with a kettle full of boiling water.
Using baking soda to remove stains from your jugs and food storage containers
Every kitchen has those orange-tinted containers, stained by their previous foody inhabitants.
Many consider them lost causes, but you can easily revive your old containers with baking soda.
If yours are damaged, soak them overnight in a bowl of hot water with a sprinkling of baking soda to leave them looking good as new.
How to make a DIY bathroom cleaning scrub with baking soda
To make a scrub, mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with one tablespoon of washing up liquid and add some vinegar to give it a nice, thick consistency.
Use a sponge with a large helping of this homemade magic and you’ll never have to buy bathroom cleaners again.
Once finished scrubbing, just rinse clean for a brand-new bathroom.
How to clean your toothbrushes using baking soda
Baking soda isn’t just for household appliances and fixtures – as we know from its primary purpose, it’s also safe for human consumption.
Nobody wants added bacteria in their mouth, so keeping toothbrushes clean is imperative, and soaking your toothbrush heads in baking soda will sort that right out.
To do this, soak your brushes overnight in a mixture of 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup water overnight before rinsing in the morning.
How to make a DIY fridge odour purifier using baking soda
Bad smells aren’t just off-putting, they can actually ruin the taste of food surrounding them.
Keep a small bowl of baking soda in your fridge to help neutralise the smell, just remember to change it every month or so.
How to use baking soda to clean a shower screen
Bicarbonate of soda is great for cleaning tougher stains such as the ones accumulated on shower screens.
Make a thick paste using baking soda and a little bit of water and smear it over the glass using either a dampened sponge or a soft-bristled toothbrush.
It’s important to ensure whatever you use to apply the mix is soft as any coarse materials could damage the glass.
Pay more attention to stubborn stains, particularly around door hinges and framework.
Rinse with clean water then dry the glass to a shine with a paper towel.