15 Baking Soda Cleaning Hacks You Need to Try to Make Your House Shine
April 11, 2018
We could ALL benefit from some
tips and tricks on how to make cleaning up around the house faster and easier. Not many people find cleaning the bathroom an enjoyable experience, but the end result is always worth the time and effort. We want to get the best of both worlds by being able to clean quickly while still getting the tough stains out. This idea may sound like a fairytale, but with the help of one common household item it can become a reality!
Baking soda is a secret weapon that you probably already have in your kitchen cupboard. Of course it’s useful in the baking process, but it can be used for SO much more than just making cookies. We found 15 hacks that are seriously going to change the way you tackle spring cleaning day — trust us, these are seriously gonna change your life!
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Really clean the hairbrush.
We use our hairbrush multiple times a day and we'll be the first to admit that it gets pretty gross over time. In order to make your brush feel brand new again, make a solution of warm water, a splash of Listerine and a sprinkle of baking soda. Mix it all together and let it sit while you remove all hair from the bristles of your brush. Then soak it in the mixture for 30 minutes. Rinse with clean water and your brush will be feeling (and smelling) great!
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Get a stain out.
We have all had that moment of panic when we have accidentally spilled something on the carpet and it didn't immediately come out. Thankfully, this hack will get a stain out of a rug before your parents have a chance to get mad. First, pour a small amount of vinegar on the stain and then sprinkle a bit of baking soda on top...that's it! If it's a small stain then you can leave the mixture on the rug until it dries and the vacuum over it. If it's a larger stain then let it sit for 30 minutes and rub it with a damp cloth.
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Make your pots and pans look brand new.
If you love to cook at home then you know how easily cookware can get stained. Even when pots and pans are perfectly clean, they can still looks less-than-inviting after repeated use. If you want your items to look brand new without spending the cash on actually buying new pots and pans, then this hack is for you.
First place the pot on the stove and put a 1/2 inch of hydrogen peroxide and 1/4 cup of baking soda in the bottom. Turn the stove on high and bring the mixture to a boil. When the concoction turns foamy, turn off the stove and let it simmer down for 10 minutes. When it's no longer boiling, empty out the pot and rinse with water. Use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or a sponge to scrub off any remaining residue.
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Clear out the drain.
Mom 4 Real
Just thinking about a clogged drain makes us want to shudder out of pure grossness. Instead of (gasp) using your own glove-covered hand to try to clear the passage way, use this trick instead! First flush the drain with boiling hot water, then add 1/2 cup of baking soda. After the baking soda has had a minute to settle, pour a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup hot water down the drain on top of the powder. The chemicals will react and bubbles will quickly form to clear away all the gunk clogging the drain. When the bubbles settle, run hot tap water down the drain for one minute and your sink will be ready to go!
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Thrifty and Chic
To be honest, we're not the most professional when it comes to ironing but we do know that having a dirty iron is pretty much equivalent to not having an iron at all. To get it squeaky clean again, all you need to do is soak a paper towel with vinegar and lay the iron on it for five minutes. That should take off a lot of the crud, but you can sprinkle a little baking soda on top of the towel to remove the remaining gunk.
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Make your jewelry shine.
We all know the feeling when we realize our favorite necklaces are getting a little worse for wear. Make them look brand new again by lining a pan with tin foil and placing your jewelry on top. Mix together 1 cup of boiling water, 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of baking soda together. Then slowly pour the mixture into the foil lined pan. Once your jewelry is submerged, slowly add the 1/2 cup of vinegar and watch it do its magic!
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Clean My Space
You probably won't notice that your mattress has a slight smell to it until you read this; sorry in advance. If you want your mattress to have a fresh and clean feeling, then get ready to have some fun. Once you strip your bed, sprinkle a little bit baking soda across the whole surface. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then use a vacuum to clean up the mess. Instant freshness!
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Heat up the oven.
Ovens are super hard to clean, but this homemade paste will quickly become your go-to cleanser. Mix 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup of baking soda and one tablespoon of dish soap together until it creates a paste. Dip a sponge in the mixture and then use it to spread all over your oven. Let it sit for 15-30 minutes. Using a clean sponge, wipe clean and rinse thoroughly with warm water. You’ll want to repeat the rinsing with a sponge and warm water until the oven is completely clean and residue-free.
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Scrub the silverware.
On Sutton Place
Have you ever been mid-dinner when you realized your fork was full of rusty spots? Don't let that happen again by adding a little bit of water and baking soda together in a bowl and mix it until you have a paste. Then lather your rusty silverware with the mixture and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off. Good as new!
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Wash the sink.
One of the worst parts about washing dishes is having to use gross sink water — you all know what we're talking about. Follow this chart and your sink will be so shiny that you'll actually
want to wash the dishes!
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Life Should Cost Less
After cooking so many of our meals, slow cookers can get some wear and tear that no one wants to see. To clean your cooker, first fill it with water and then add one cup of distilled white vinegar for a 6-quart cooker, or 1/2 cup for a 3-quart. Then slowly add in about a cup of baking soda one spoonful at a time. Turn the slow cooker on low and let it sit for about four hours. After it cools, drain it out so you can scrub away any remaining baking soda. Rinse with water and then BOOM! You're done.
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Say goodbye to moldy tiles.
My Cleaning Solutions
No matter how hard you scrub it's next to impossible to actually get all the mold out of tiling and grout, especially in the bathroom. To remedy this problem, all you need to do is mix 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap together. Let that sit for a minute or two and then get to cleaning. Your tiles will be sparkling in no time at all.
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Make your toilet feel new.
For as much time as we spend in the bathroom, it would be nice if it was actually bright, clean and pretty. With this hack you can give your bathroom a quick makeover without dropping bank. All you need to do is pour a generous amount of baking soda into the toilet and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then scrub the toilet to remove stains and odors. It's super simple and will make a huge difference in the room.
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Clean the stove top.
Happy Mama Tales
No matter how many times we wipe down the stovetop, it's still somehow always dirty! If you want your oven top to look as flawless as the rest of the kitchen, then you need to try this. First, pour a little bit of your normal dish soap across the stovetop and then sprinkle some baking soda on top. Next, pour a small amount of hydrogen peroxide on top, scrub it together and then let it soak for a few minutes. After it has rested, wipe it down to reveal the clean stovetop you've always dreamed of. We recommend using a microfiber cloth to avoid streaks.
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Erase crayon marks.
When your little friends get a little carried away in the coloring department, don't freak out. All you need to do is to take a damp sponge and sprinkle some baking soda on it. Then lightly scrub the wall until it's back to its original color! It'll be like those scribbles were never even there.