A home is a place where you return to every day from a long, tiring day at work. Your home makes you feel warm, comfortable and lets you be yourself, without being judged by anyone. A place where you find your family always. Your place must look as organised as you are – but keeping it that way is a big task. We have some tips for you to have your home clean, neat and tidy very fast. Baking soda is not just for making delicious, yummy cakes, the edible chemical is also very effective cleaning agent. Here are ten tricks for using baking soda for cleaning:
An All-Purpose Cleaner
Now, this might sound like an expensive idea; just that it is actually not. All you need is some baking soda and some warm water. Four tablespoons of soda in a litre of water will do. Once it is ready, all you have to do is clean everything from your fridge to windows with the same all-purpose cleaner.
Clean Wall Stains
Walls tend to get dirty over time. Maybe due to dust, or maybe due to your kids using the walls as their personal canvas. No worries, baking soda and hot water will clean the walls in no time, without you having to worry about the paint getting affected. Use a higher concentration of baking soda – using a damp sponge with some baking soda sprinkled onto it would work.
Clear a Choked Drain
If your sink appears to be choked or is draining slowly, well, baking soda is here again to the rescue. Pour about half a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by the same amount of vinegar. This will start a chemical reaction – something like a science lab. But not to worry; just cover it with a damp towel. Flush after 5 minutes with hot water.
Clean your Cutting Board Too
Baking soda comes as a great rescue when it comes to cleaning cutting/chopping boards. Boards tend to get dirty and smelly with time. No worries! Just sprinkle some baking powder and then use a lemon (cut in half) to clean the board. This will not only kill any possible bacteria/germs, but will also remove the smell while cleaning your chopping board. Wash once you’ve cleaned.
Prevent Smelling Cupboards
Using an open box of baking soda in your fridge or your cupboard will soak in a lot of moisture and prevent your wardrobe smelling like a dank rainforest.
Soak up the Sweaty Smell From Shoes
Baking powder is equally consistent in absorbing sweaty smell from your shoes as well. Just sprinkle some baking soda inside your shoes and tap it out before you wear them again.
Add Baking Soda to the Laundry
Next time you use your washing machine, don’t forget to add some baking soda along with the detergent. Your clothes will come out brighter and cleaner.
Brighten Up Your Floor Too
About 100gms of Baking soda in a bucketful of water is enough to make the floor shine again. Use the baking soda solution individually and avoid using with phenyl solutions and other floor cleaners. Better use them differently and on different days for best results.
Clean Your Toothbrushes
Toothbrushes tend to soak up a lot of plaque over time, and it gets deposited on the bristles. Clean your toothbrush easily by soaking it a solution of about ¼ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of warm water. Leave it overnight. Rinse well in the morning and your toothbrush is clean.
Clean your Bathroom Walls
Bathroom walls are usually made of ceramic tiles., which can be easily cleaned using a mixture of baking soda and some liquid detergent soap. Adding a little vinegar will give it a creamy texture and will remove stains from your bathroom tiles quite effectively.
These ten tricks will help you clean most of the things and places in your home pretty much on your own. For all other things not easy for you, Handyman is always a call’s distance away.