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Cleaning With Baking Soda

CLEANING WITH BAKING SODA: House, Car and Body

Homemade Marble Cleaner

Looking for a marble cleaner that won't drain your wallet? Then, look no further than your pantry – baking soda is the answer.

What You Need:

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • A rag

What You Do:

Rub baking soda into the marble with a damp cloth. Then, rinse with water; towel dry; and you're done!

Why This Works:

Baking soda is a light abrasive and a natural disinfectant, so it's tough on stains and germs.

Benefits of Cleaning with Baking Soda:

  • inexpensive
  • no harsh chemicals
  • effective sanitizer
  • effective stain remover
  • effective deodorizer
  • won't etch marble

Warnings:

  1. Clean up spills immediately to avoid staining or etching
  2. Do not use vinegar, lemon or other acidic substances to clean marble – this can lead to etching

Cheap Carpet Deodorizer

How to Freshen Carpets and Rugs with Baking Soda

Have pet odors and other smells invaded your carpets and rugs? Here's how to deodorize them the cheap and natural way:

Sprinkle baking soda over the carpet, and allow it to sit for 15 minutes or longer. Then, vacuum it up, and the smell will be gone!

Why This Works

Baking soda neutralizes the odors in your carpet, so that your house smells like your house and nothing else.

Benefits of Deodorizing with Baking Soda:

  • inexpensive
  • no harsh chemicals
  • no fragrances to irritate allergies
  • removes odors, rather than covering them up
  • environmentally-friendly

Warnings

  1. If using on wet carpet, be sure to test for color fastness before applying to the entire room
  2. Keep children and pets out of the room while using

Homemade Carpet Cleaner Recipes

Carpet Spot Remover and Carpet Cleaning Solution for Steam Machines

CARPET cleaners don't have to be expensive to work well. In fact, they don't even have to be bought in a store. Make up your own spot remover and steam cleaning solutions, and enjoy clean carpets for less.

INGREDIENTS:

  • white vinegar
  • baking soda
  • water

OVEN CLEANER

If you want to get your oven clean with a natural product, baking soda can be a great answer. Without harsh fumes or caustic chemicals to make you sick, baking soda can absorb grease and grime, cleaning your oven thoroughly.

1. Add baking soda to a cool oven.

Sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda onto the bottom of the oven. Make sure the oven is completely cool before you attempt to do this.

2. Spray the baking soda with water.

DRAIN CLEANER

Store-bought drain cleaners are expensive and caustic, learn how to make your own homemade drain cleaner using this simple recipe:

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 5 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Pour half a box of baking soda down the drain.

SILVER CLEANER

Tired of having to polish the good silverware every time you pull it out? Then, ditch the polish, and try this simple hands-off remedy:

Place a piece of aluminum foil at the bottom of your kitchen sink, and fill the basin with water. Then, sprinkle in two tablespoons of table salt; and drop your silver pieces into the water. Allow your silver to soak for 2-3 minutes; then, remove and rinse. The tarnish will be gone!

Note: Badly tarnished silver may need to be soaked a second time.

Make Your Own Scouring Powder

Scouring powder is perfect for cleaning hard surfaces like stove tops, counters, porcelain, fiberglass and tile; and it's easy to make too. Grab some supplies, and give it a try.

What You Need:

  • Baking soda
  • A sponge

What You Do:

Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge (or cloth), and rub it into the surface that you wish to clean. Then, rinse with water, and you're done!

Why This Works:

Baking soda is a mild abrasive and a natural disinfectant; so it's tough on stains and germs, but easy on your house.

Benefits of Scouring with Baking Soda:

  • inexpensive
  • chlorine-free
  • effective sanitizer
  • effective stain remover
  • effective deodorizer
  • safe for use around kids and pets
  • safe for most surfaces

Tips:

  1. Test on a small area before using on plastic
  2. Battling a tough stain? Then, make a paste from baking soda and water, and let it sit on the stain for a couple hours

Dishwasher Detergent Recipe

Make Your Own Dish Detergent

Ready to trade your over-priced and chemical-laden dishwasher detergent for something better? Then, try this simple recipe for homemade detergent:

What You Need:

  • Tablespoon Borax
  • Tablespoon baking soda

What You Do:

Mix the Borax and baking soda together. Then, add to your dishwasher's detergent compartment, and run as usual.

Why This Works:

Borax and baking soda are both natural disinfectants and mild abrasives – just what you need to blast away stuck on food and germs. In fact, you may be interested to learn that Borax is a common ingredient in many commercial detergents.

Benefits of Making Your Own Dishwasher Detergent:

  • inexpensive
  • no harsh chemicals
  • does not emit chlorine gas like other commercial detergents
  • effective sanitizer
  • effective stain remover
  • effective water softener
  • environmentally-friendly (phosphate-free)

Tips and Warnings:

  1. Borax sells under the name 20 Mule Team, and can be found on the laundry aisle.
  2. Save time by making up big batches of dishwasher detergent, consisting of equal parts Borax and baking soda.
  3. Keep prepared detergent out of the reach of children and pets.

Copper and Brass Tarnish Remover

Make Your Own Copper and Brass Polish

Looking for a low-cost, low-elbow grease way to clean the copper and brass around your home? Then, try this:

What You Need:

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • A cleaning cloth

What You Do:

Mix baking soda and white vinegar together to create a paste. Then, rub the paste into the copper or brass object that you wish to clean. Rinse, and buff with a dry cloth; and enjoy that like-new gleam!

Why This Works:

The acetic acid in the vinegar and the sodium in the baking soda works together to dissolve the tarnish.

Benefits of Using a Baking Soda/Vinegar Polish:

  • inexpensive
  • chemical-free
  • food-safe
  • environmentally-friendly
  • fast-acting

Tips:

  1. Be sure to use a soft cloth. Stiff brushes, scouring pads and other scratchy tools can damage copper
  2. If the object you're cleaning is badly tarnished, you may need to repeat the process
  3. This polish can also be used to clean bronze

Homemade Car Cleaning Products

Make Your Own Car Cleaners

A clean car needn't clean out your wallet. Here are a bunch of car cleaner recipes for you to try:

Car Wash Solution

What You Need:

  • A bucket of water
  • Liquid castile soap

Add a couple drops of liquid castile soap to a bucket of water, and wash.

Window Cleaner

What You Need:

  • White vinegar
  • A spray bottle
  • Newspaper

Spray full strength vinegar onto the windows. Allow it to sit for a few minutes. Then, wipe dry with a piece of newspaper.

Chrome Cleaner

What You Need:

  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • A spray bottle
  • A sponge or cleaning rag

Mix together equal parts white vinegar and water. Then, spray it on your wheels; and work it in with a sponge or cleaning rag.

Note: Vinegar should not be used on aluminum alloys.

Tire Cleaner

What You Need:

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • A scrub brush

Mix baking soda and water together to form a paste. Then, work the paste into the tires with a scrub brush. Let it sit for several minutes. Then, rinse off.

Carpet and Upholstery Stain Remover

What You Need:

  • White vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • A scrub brush

Mix white vinegar and baking soda together to form a paste. Then, work the paste into any carpet and upholstery stains with a toothbrush or something similar. Allow the paste to dry. Then, vacuum up the baking soda, and the stains should be gone.

Note: Some stains may need to be treated more than once.

Interior Cleaner

What You Need:

  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • A spray bottle
  • A cleaning rag

Mix together equal parts white vinegar and water. Then, spray it on any vinyl, plastic, wood, or leather surfaces in your car that need cleaning. Allow it to soak in. Then, wipe dry with a clean rag.

Note: As with any leather cleaner, you should test on a small area before applying to the entire surface.

Interior Protectant/Dressing

What You Need:

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • A spray bottle or bowl
  • 2 cleaning rags

Combine olive oil and lemon juice in a spray bottle or bowl. Then, use a clean cloth to wipe a small amount of the dressing into the dashboard and any other plastic or vinyl surfaces. Finish by wiping off the excess with another cleaning rag.

Warning: Do not use on the steering wheel, pedals or any other controls where slipperiness could pose a hazard. Also be careful not to get in on windows.

Frugal Teeth Whitener

Professional teeth whitening isn't cheap – and even the home whitening kits are a bit of a splurge. The good news is that you can whiten your teeth without using either one.

Just wet your toothbrush, and dip it into a box of baking soda. Then, brush your teeth, and rinse. Repeat regularly, and you'll have whiter teeth at a price that you won't feel guilty about.

Why This Works

When mixed with water, baking soda creates a thick paste that's perfect for scrubbing away the stains on your teeth, and because it's applied with a toothbrush, it even does a good job of reaching and removing the stains that form between your teeth – something most whitening kits can't do.

The Benefits of Baking Soda Whitening

Baking soda is the clear winner among whiteners when it comes to price, but that's not its only benefit. Baking soda is also:

  • less abrasive than most whiteners
  • all-natural
  • gentle on gums
  • gentle on enamel
  • easy to use—no strips or messy trays to fool with

Homemade Mouthwash Recipe

Looking for a cheap and natural way to freshen your breath? Then, try this simple mouthwash recipe:

Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to half a glass of water, and use it to gargle – an instant fix for even the worst case of bad breath.

Why This Works

Baking soda neutralizes the odors in your mouth, rather than just covering them up.

Benefits of Using Baking Soda Mouthwash:

  • inexpensive
  • no harsh chemicals
  • no strong taste
  • alcohol-free

Tips:

  1. Keep some baking soda in your purse or briefcase, and you can even freshen your breath on the go.
  2. Add a drop of peppermint oil for a minty taste.
  3. If you prefer to make up big batches, boil your water, and add a teaspoon of baking soda for every eight ounces of water. Store in a sterilized container.

Homemade Deodorant

A Cheap and Nautural Alternative to Store-Bought Deodorants

Tired of spending money on store-bought deodorants/antiperspirants, only to find that they let you down and stain your clothes? Then, try this simple – and unbelievably cheap – alternative:

What You Need:

  • Wash cloth
  • Baking soda

What to Do:

Sprinkle baking soda – a little will do – onto a damp wash cloth, and apply it to your underarms. It'll keep you fresh throughout the day!

Why This Works:

Baking soda absorbs perspiration and neutralizes odors.

Benefits of Using Baking Soda Deodorant:

  • inexpensive
  • no harsh chemicals (like the aluminum found in most commerical antiperspirants)
  • fragrance-free
  • alcohol-free
  • neutralizes odors, rather than covering them up

Tips:

  1. If a dry application is preferable, use a duster or brush to apply.
  2. For a scented deodorant, mix together equal parts baking soda and corn starch (for shelf stability); and add a few drops of essential oil or a handful of dried flowers (lavender is nice). Then, store in an airtight container.

Acne Home Remedy

How to Treat Acne Using Baking Soda

Struggling to get your acne under control without draining your wallet? Then, give a baking soda face mask a try.

What You Need:

  • Baking soda
  • Water

What You Do:

  1. Mix the baking soda with a small amount of water to form a paste.
  2. Apply to your face like a mask, and leave on for 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse off; and follow up with a light moisturizer, if needed.

Why This Works:

Baking soda dries up the oil on the skin, speeding the healing of existing blemishes and minimizing the occurrence of future break outs.

How to Make Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo has become a popular time-saver, but have you ever priced it? Youch!. Learn how to make your own dry shampoo at home, and you won't have to pay for convenience.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 minutes or less
Here's How:

  1. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda, corn starch, corn meal, flour or ground oatmeal in your hair (whichever one you happen to have handy).
  2. Use your fingers to work it into your scalp.
  3. Brush your hair to remove the powder, and all of the dirt and oil will come with it!
    Why This Works: The dry shampoo absorbs all those nasties that you don't want in your hair.

Tips:

  1. Prefer a scented dry shampoo? Try adding a few drops of essential oil to the recipe. (Just be sure to label the container that you store your shampoo in. You wouldn't want any accidental ingestions).
  2. Like to use dry shampoo on a regular basis? Fill a shaker, and keep it in the bathroom.

What You Need:

  • baking soda, corn starch, corn meal, flour or ground oatmeal
  • A hair brush
  • Essential Oils (optional)

Homemade Dandruff Shampoo

Battling an itchy, flaky case of dandruff? Rid yourself of the problem quickly and cheaply with this homemade dandruff shampoo:

What You Need:

  • Baking soda
  • Water

What You Do:

  1. Get your hair wet.
  2. Then, take a handful of baking soda, and rub it into your hair and scalp.
  3. Rinse your hair thoroughly.
  4. Continue to use baking soda to wash your hair, avoiding regular shampoo all together.

Note: Initially, your hair will probably feel quite dry, but after a few weeks, your scalp will begin to produce more natural oils, and your hair's softness will return.

Why This Works

Baking soda's gritty texture grabs and removes the dirt and excess oil from your hair and the loose skin cells from your scalp, without stripping your scalp of its much-needed natural oils (like commerical shampoos do). Overtime, this leads to a healthier scalp and healthier hair.

Benefits of Using Baking Soda as a Dandruff Shampoo:

  • inexpensive
  • no harsh chemicals
  • cleans without removing natural oils
  • fragrance-free

How To Make Natural Toothpaste

It's easy to make your own natural toothpaste! These instructions are especially useful if you are trying to minimize exposure to fluoride, such as for children or people who already have fluorosis. This toothpaste is sugar-free and non-toxic.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Minutes

Here's How:

  1. Mix three parts baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) with one part table salt (sodium chloride).
  2. Add three teaspoons of glycerine for every 1/4 cup of dry mixture.
  3. Add enough water to make a thick paste. If desired, a few drops of peppermint oil may be added to improve the taste.
  4. Apply and use just as you would any other toothpaste. Store unused toothpaste at room temperature in a covered container.

Tips:

  1. Consider Ben Franklin's toothpaste, which was a mixture of honey and ground charcoal. Sweet, tasty, kinda gritty... probably didn't keep the cavities away though.
  2. Don't like the flavor? You can use a different mint oil, oil of cinnamon, or oil of cloves (small quantity) instead of or in combination with peppermint oil.
  3. Glycerine (sometimes spelled glycerin) is available at many pharmacies or in craft stores that sell soap-making supplies.

What You Need:

  • sodium bicarbonate
  • salt
  • water
  • glycerine
  • peppermint oil (optional)

USING BAKING SODA IN THE KITCHEN

Homemade Baking Powder Recipe

Baking powder is a key ingredient in many cake, cookie and bread recipes; but that doesn't mean you have to pay someone else to make it. Here's how to make your own baking powder:

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch (optional)

Preparation:

Mix the baking soda and cream of tartar together until well combined. Use immediately.

Yield: One tablespoon of baking powder.

To store baking powder: Add a teaspoon of corn starch to the mixture, and stir. This will absorb any moisture from the air, and prevent the baking powder from reacting before you need it. Store in an air-tight container.

Did You Know? Most commerically-produced baking powder contains aluminum--sodium aluminum sulfate to be exact. Make your own baking powder, and keep your baked goods aluminum-free.

Yeast Substitute

Out of yeast or turned off by the price? Here's how to make an effective and inexpensive yeast substitute.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Baking soda
  • Lemon juice

Preparation:

  1. Add all ingredients according to the recipe.
  2. Then, add in equal parts baking soda and lemon juice to equal the amount of yeast called for in the recipe.
  3. Bake as usual.

Tips:

  1. Dough does not need rise time when made with yeast substitute.
  2. The baking soda and lemon juice need to be added last for the reaction to work properly.
  3. For best results, use fresh baking soda.
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