How to Use Baking Soda as a Homemade Kitchen Cleaner
If you're looking for a powerful, eco-friendly, and inexpensive cleaning agent, then look no further than baking soda. Whether it's used on its own or as the main ingredient in a homemade kitchen cleaner, it destroys dirt and grime almost everywhere in your kitchen.
Why Does Baking Soda Clean So Well?
Baking soda is an effective cleaning agent because it's mildly alkaline and can dissolve dirt and grease when mixed with a bit of water. In addition, baking soda is a gentle abrasive, so you can sprinkle it directly on a sponge and scrub away stubborn stains or stuck on grime. Baking soda is so gentle it can be safely used on glass, chrome, stainless steel, enamel, and plastic.
In addition to cleaning kitchen surfaces, baking soda can eliminate bad smells by bringing acidic odor molecules (such as spoiled milk) or basic odors (such as fish) into a neutral, odor-free state. While commercial cleaners cover up bad smells with strong perfumes, baking soda literally destroys the odors as you clean. Best of all, baking soda maintains its deodorizing properties even when dissolved in water.
How Can Baking Soda be Used to Make a Homemade Kitchen Cleaner?
Making a homemade kitchen cleaner is simple and you probably have most of the ingredients needed already in your home.
Here's what you'll need:
- A funnel
- A clean, empty spray bottle
- 2 teaspoons of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of dish soap
- 4 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar
- Your favorite essential oil (optional)
Once you've gathered your ingredients, place the funnel in the opening of the spray bottle. Pour the baking soda, dish soap, and vinegar into the bottle. Remove the funnel and screw the top on the spray bottle and shake it vigorously for 30 seconds, then let it sit for a minute. Next, remove the top from the spray bottle and fill it with about 2 to 3 cups of warm tap water. Screw the top back on the spray bottle and give it another shake. Once the cleaning solution is settled down, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil if desired.
Your homemade kitchen cleaner is ready to go. Use it on countertops, appliances, tables, chairs, backsplashes, windows, and anywhere else you like.
What Are Some Other Uses of Baking Soda?
Creating a safe, non-toxic household cleaner is just one way to use baking soda. Here are a few other ways to put this magic ingredient to good use in your home.
- Keep flowers fresh: Add a teaspoon of baking soda to a vase of water to extend the lifespan of fresh flowers. As bonus, the baking soda will prevent the water from developing a bad odor.
- Make pots and pans sparkle: Fill your sink with hot water and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda plus a squirt of dish detergent to the water. Then, let the pans soak. After 20 minutes wash them as you normally would. If you're trying to clean the inside of a pot, then add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and some water to the pot and let it simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
- Remove strong odors from hands: After working with ingredients such as garlic or onions, scrub your hands with a little bit of baking soda to neutralize the odors.
- Deodorize the refrigerator: Make a paste using water and baking soda. Then, empty the refrigerator and use a washcloth or clean rag to apply the paste to the walls and shelves of the unit. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then wipe it off with a clean cloth. Bad refrigerator odors will be banished.
- Wash produce: Fill a bowl or basin with water and 3 tablespoons of baking soda, then wash your fruits and veggies in the solution to remove dirt and residue.
- Deodorize your dishwasher: Sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the bottom of your empty dishwasher and let it sit overnight. The next morning, add a cup of vinegar and run a short hot water cycle. Any odors will be eliminated.
- Extinguish fires: Pour baking soda directly on top of fires to extinguish them. This is especially important in the case of electrical fires, where water will only make things worse.
One you see how easy and effective it is to make a homemade kitchen cleaner with baking soda, you'll never go back to the store-bought stuff again.
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