What can we do with baking soda? Oh boy if you haven't used this ingredient yet other than for baking, you are totally missing out. For a starter, there are at least 50 Ways it's Weird and Wonderful.
And as an addition to the long list of things baking soda can do for you, it's alkali property makes it effective in neutralizing acids in odors allowing it to eliminate strong, unwanted smells without releasing toxic fumes in the air. Unlike chemical deodorizers, baking soda not just masks odor but gets rid of it for good.
1. Refresh a Foul-Smelling Fridge
The worst part of a smelly fridge is that the smelly particles seep into any food and ruin the flavor. A box of baking soda placed inside the fridge might be all you need to avoid this from happening.
"The unique characteristics of sodium bicarbonate make it very attractive to both acidic and base particles, once these particles bond with the baking soda the odor is neutralized."
But if you can't get rid of the stale odors with this trick,, try to wash the inside of the fridge with baking soda and water. It can help get rid of tough odors.
2. Deodorize Garbage Cans
The secrets are:
- Put an ample amount of powder into the bottom of the fresh bin liner
- Before throwing food away, sprinkle a little baking soda over it to keep strong odors from accumulating
- Wash the bins with white vinegar and baking soda to kill odor-causing bacteria
3. Carpet Deodorizer
"Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda all over the area. Allow this to sit for a few hours. The longer it sits, the better it will wo since baking soda actually absorbs odors instead of just covering them up. Finally, vacuum up the baking soda and your rugs will be stink-free."
4. Deodorize Musty Upholstery
If you're trying to figure out how you can deep clean your mattresses and couch without washing and ruining them, a sprinkle of baking soda might just be the solution. Scatter the powder over the surface and let it sit for 15 minutes. Vacuum thoroughly.
5. Fight Linen Closet Smells
Aside from being a non-toxic, multipurpose cleaner, baking soda works well in absorbing odors from mold and mildew. Place a box in your closet or drawers to neutralize even the fiercest smell. As an added bonus, baking soda absorbs moisture so your fabrics get freed and protected from mildew.
6. Absorb Toilet Odors
As you would probably know by now, this super ingredient we're talking about absorbs and neutralizes strong odors, and your toilet is no exception. To supercharge it's effectiveness, mix with lemon juice, and vinegar, let it sit for up to an hour, then flush. This is effective in ridding even set-in odors.
7. Deodorize Cutting Boards
For garlic, onion, fish or other strong odors, that lingers on your boards, use baking soda solution to clean, let it sit for 15 minutes then rinse and dry.
8. Deodorize Litter Boxes
"Spray the empty litter box with undiluted white vinegar. Let it sit for a few minutes and wipe clean. Add a generous sprinkle of baking soda to fresh litter to help neutralize odors between cleanings." Natural Home Deodorizers That Work Better
9. Freshen Musty Laundry
Refresh a musty laundry by rewashing them with a cup of vinegar and baking soda. Vinegar in clothes might seem a bit off, but trust the neutralizing ability of baking soda on this one. And one more thing, skip the detergent and bleach. They become toxic when mixed with vinegar.
10. Refresh Hamper
You know how what happens when damp clothes sit in the hamper for long, right? Well we can get a little help with just a half cup baking soda sprinkled directly in the bottom of the hamper.
11. Refresh Smelly Sneakers
-- and save yourself from the social fiasco. Fill an old pair of socks with two tablespoons baking soda. Secure the socks and place them inside your sneakers. Let it sit over night. Reuse but replace the powder every month.
12. Deodorize Drains
So we've been alloting a box of baking soda in the fridge, in the cabinet, and we mentioned not to reuse the used stash for cooking. I also feel bad with the thought of dumping them in the garbage. But guess what, there's a better place to dump used powders! Pour half a cup down the kitchen and bathroom sink drains, pour vinegar and watch it fizzle. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing with warm or hot water.
You are doing an amazing job in helping keep the pipes clean from gunks left by nasty chemicals most tenants use. Slow rhythmic clap.
13. Deodorize and Clean Sponges
One thing I would rather live without but my yaya needs: sponge. It's a breeding ground for bacteria and microorganisms! So every night we make it a habit to soak our sponges in a quart of warm water plus 4 tablespoons of baking soda. We disinfect every week with vinegar and baking soda solution and replace them every month for hygienic purposes.
With the many wonders baking soda can do from being a Spic and Span Cleaner to Personal Care alternatives, we have every reason to stock up on this in our homes. Not only that it cleans our homes effectively, but it also eliminates foul odors permanently. With just abox of this wonder powder, our homes become a Healthier Home.
By replacing all the chemical cleaners you use at home you get to save hefty money, maintain health, and the environment.
...with only a fraction of what you would pay for the toxic stuff.