The last time you cleaned out your refrigerator, did you spy that little half open box in the back and wonder to yourself, “What is baking soda used for besides trapping odor?” Well, we can answer that. We’ve rounded up the top five tricks and tips of the trade to help you get the most baking soda uses out of that little box.
1. Clean and Refresh Your Carpet
We’ve all had those days—that after-work cocktail just slipped through your fingers. Take a deep breath; you’ve got this. Soak up the majority with a towel then generously sprinkle baking soda on carpet areas that might stain. Leave this as long as possible, preferably overnight. After it’s done its absorption magic, simply vacuum the baking soda up, and your secret’s safe.
Don’t just save it for spills. You know that flat feeling you get that signals it’s time for a spa day? Well, your carpet knows how you feel. If your light-colored carpet needs a pick-me-up, dust baking soda all over, wait a few hours, and then vacuum. Your rejuvenated carpet will look fresh as a daisy.
It works the same for tired tile and dingy grout. Put a little sparkle back in your floors by mixing baking soda and water (1/2 cup per bucket of water) and taking a mop to it.
2. Unblock Your Drains
Clogged drains are the worst. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to blast through buildup by clearing drains with baking soda. Mix ½ cup with two cups of vinegar, pour down the drain and rinse through with boiling water. Now that you’ve cleared your sink, why not head to yoga and clear your mind?
3. Put the Shine Back into Tarnished Silver
When your in-laws descend, it’s time to bust out the silver and the good china. Unfortunately, the months between visits leave your silver a little less than shiny. Mom-in-law will definitely notice. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Boil one cup of water and add a sheet of aluminum foil to a baking pan, one tablespoon each of baking soda and salt, and slowly add ½ cup of white vinegar. Pour in the boiling water and add your silver, making sure each piece is touching the foil. The water and other ingredients activate the baking soda, causing the tarnish to transfer to the foil. Once your silver is out of the bath, buff any remaining spots out with a rag, and, phew, crisis adverted.
4. Degrease Your Oven
Keep putting out fires by keeping your oven grease-free. Make a paste of ½ cup baking soda and a few tablespoons of water. Strap on some gloves and spread the concoction over the interior of the oven, coating dirtier areas more heavily. Let it sit overnight as you take a much deserved break. After 12 hours, dampen a rag and wipe out the oven. Don’t let any stubborn spots defeat you—those kickboxing classes just paid for themselves.
5. Kill Dishwasher Mold and Mildew
Gasp! Just when you thought you were safe after clearing mold from deep corners of the shower, you spy a spot of the green menace creeping in your dishwasher. Squash the evil spread by dissolving a few tablespoons of baking soda into a cup of water. Pour in the bottom of the dishwasher and run a cycle. Repeat monthly to keep fungal spread at bay.
From clearing mold to unclogging sinks, baking soda has infinite uses that couldn’t be easier. Of course, no one would blame you if you made the smart decision to leave it to the professionals by calling The Maids. Contact to learn about our healthy cleaning habits.