Sometimes a shop-bought cleaning product is fantastic, I’m not going to do them all down. However sometimes the old fashioned cleaning methods – and eco-friendly cleaning – are just as good, if not better.
Here is the most basic of starting points in the world of old fashioned cleaning. Prepare yourselves now, dun, dun duuuuuuun bicarbonate of soda (or baking soda if you’re in the U.S.) can be used for a great many things in your house but my number one way to use it is as a replacement to cream cleaners. Cream cleaners and other cleaning products are expensive and if I’m honest I don’t like the smells they give off. There are lots of other things you can do with the baking powder, here are a few ways I use bicarb.
Top 10 Cleaning Uses for Baking Soda
1. Sprinkle a bit of bicarb on a wet cloth and use it in bathrooms, kitchens and anywhere else that you would normally use a cream cleanser.
2. Add a small bowl of bicarb to your fridge to neutralize smells. Change it once a month and your fridge should stay fresh.
3. Pour 200g of bicarbonate of soda, swiftly followed by a kettle of boiling the water down your sinks once a week to keep them clean and unblocked.
4. Soak smelly or stained tupper ware in hot water with a sprinkling of bicarbonate of soda overnight.
5. Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda on to BBQ grills, then soak, in order to reduce scrubbing.
6. Add 4tbsp of bicarb to a spray bottle 3/4 filled with boiling water – shake well. Allow to cool a little then add your favorite scented essential oils. Allow to cool completely and use it as a spray to freshen clothes and soft furnishings.
7. Lightly dust your carpets with bicarbonate of soda, leave overnight then vacuum come morning. Your carpets will be fresh and clean.
8. Pour a glug of vinegar (malt will do) down your toilet, followed by a couple of tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda. Allow to fizz up and settle, then flush.
9. I clean my oven with a paste made from salt, bicarb, and warm water, it makes it look shiny and new, which sad as it sounds, pleases me no end.
10. Clean thermos flasks (new and vintage) with bicarb and water, I find it takes any niffy smells out almost straight away.
Some nifty extras
11. My post on homemade oven cleaners centers around bicarbonate of soda.
12. Bicarbonate of soda will aid you in removing cigarette smells.
13. Freshen up your washing machine drum with bicarbonate of soda.