Have you ever thought of Cleaning with Bicarb Soda? Here are some magical ways you can use the humble bicarb soda (sodium bicarbonate, baking soda) to clean and deodorise...
Have you ever thought of Cleaning with Bicarb Soda? Here are some magical ways you can use the humble bicarb soda (sodium bicarbonate, baking soda) to clean and deodorise your house!
Clean your chopping board – both wooden and plastic chopping boards can be freshened up by giving it a scrub with a paste of a tablespoon each of bicarb, salt and water. Give the boards a rinse afterwards and they’ll be good to go!
Boost your dishwashing liquid – just add a couple of tablespoons of bicarb into your sink of water with your dishwashing liquid and watch the grease and gunk on your dishes and cutlery disappear!
Clean baby bottles – add 3 tablespoons of bicarb to a full pot of boiling water, place your baby bottles in the pot for 3 minutes.
Remove stains from your kitchen benchtop – make a paste of 2 parts bicarb to 1 part water and apply the paste to stains and marks on your benchtops, gently rubbing them in a circular motion. Wipe over with a wet cloth afterwards.
Deodorise your garbage bin – wipe the inside of your bin down regularly with a wet paper towel or old rag dipped in bicarb, then rinse the bin out. Once it’s dry you can sprinkle a little bicarb in the bottom of it to soak up any more funky odours.
Remove odours from your sofa – simply sprinkle your sofa with bicarb soda, leave it there for a few hours and vacuum off.
Deodorise your fridge and pantry – just sit an opened box of bicarb soda in the fridge or pantry for about 6 months and it will absorb food odours.
Clean airconditioner filters – vacuum off the dust and dirt from the filters, then make a solution of 1 tablespoon bicarb soda in a litre of water, wash the filters and leave them to dry before putting them back into the airconditioner.
Boost your laundry detergent – add ½ a cup of bicarb (top loader) or ¼ cup (front loader) to your wash to increase the cleaning power of your laundry powder or liquid (you may find you can use a little less detergent as bicarb helps to soften the water!).
Absorb smelly bathroom odours – does your bathroom (especially the loo area) stink? Instead of spraying air freshener around, try filling a decorative dish or jar with about ½ a cup of bicarb soda and sit it near the toilet. You can even add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to it for a lovely scent. You can replace this about every 3 months or so.
Deodorise the cat litter tray – just sprinkle some bicarb in the cat litter tray to absorb odours.
Smelly Shoes? - sprinkle some bicarb inside each smelly shoe and leave overnight – shake out the excess powder in the morning and the smell will be gone!
Clean hairbrushes and combs - remove oil and hair product buildup by leaving brushes and combs to soak in a sink full of warm water and 1 teaspoon bicarb soda. Rinse and air dry.
Clean stuffed animals - sprinkle bicarb soda onto stuffed animals, let it sit for about 15 minutes, then dust off.
Remove grease and oil stains in the garage - pour some bicarb soda directly onto the grease or oil spot and scrub with a wet brush.
So there’s a few top uses for bicarb around the home – if you have any others we haven’t mentioned we’d love to hear them!