This post may contain affiliate links.

Cleaning With Baking Soda: How and Why to Use This Natural Cleaner

2:17 PM
How to do cleaning with baking soda.  This natural substance is a powerful degreaser and cleaner for your entire home.  Learn 25 uses for cleaning with baking soda and get cleaning tips, tricks, and hacks for a natural home.

Natural cleaning is a fairly new fad, but I've been doing it for almost 20 years.  I'm thankful for the Internet so I could learn more about cleaning with baking soda and other natural cleaners.

Part of why I used natural cleaners was necessity.  We didn't have a lot of money when we got married.  We also lived in a teeny little house, so I didn't have a lot of room.  Each cleaning product had to do double (or triple!) duty.

My son has asthma and had a lot of breathing problems as baby and toddler.  I has asthma as a kid and through to adulthood, but it was diagnosed until I was an adult.

One of the first thing the doctor suggested was to use natural cleaners and limit chemicals.  So I scoured the Internet for the limited information that was available and made notes and recipes.

Cleaning with baking soda. 25 ways to use baking soda to clean bathroom, sink, carpet, couch, stove,and kitchens. Use as a stain remover and to scrub while it cleanses. Sprinkle on surfaces to clean it. Life hacks for cleaning naturally. Use as an air freshener or oven cleaner. Add to washing machines for brighter clothes. Simple recipe and easy diy toturials for eco friendly cleaning. #natural #cleaning #bakingsoda

I always have baking soda and vinegar available for cleaning because I can clean just about anything with it.

CLEANING WITH BAKING SODA


IS BAKING SODA GOOD FOR CLEANING?


Absolutely, yes!  It's my second most used natural cleaner behind vinegar.


Baking soda's actual name is sodium bicarbonate.  It's a salt, so it's formed by an ion with a positive charge and an ion with a negative charge.

It's slightly basic on the pH scale, which is why cleaning with baking soda works so well.

ABSORBING ODORS


One of the reasons I like baking soda so much is because it absorbs odors.  You can use it in the fridge, the freezer, or make a DIY baking soda air freshener to naturally make your home smell better.

ABRASIVE


I also use baking soda a lot because it's a mild abrasive.  It can really get into the little crevices to get them cleaned out.

It's great on textured surfaces, like a fridge handle.  I also use it on flat surfaces like my counter.  The abrasiveness will get off sticky food and other messes.

CARBON DIOXIDE


Baking soda releases carbon dioxide when it's heated to over 300 degrees Fahrenheit.  Normally, you wouldn't do this in your daily cleaning, but this does mean that it can be a natural fire extinguisher.

The carbon dioxide that it releases chokes the oxygen that the fire uses as fuel, so the fire goes out.


CAN YOU MIX BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR TO CLEAN?


Yes, but not all the time.  Baking soda is basic and vinegar is an acid.  When you combine them, they bubble up and cause a fun reaction, albeit a messy one.

For really tough messes, like the inside of the oven door, I'll sprinkle a baking soda and water paste and let it dry.  Then I'll spray with vinegar when it's time to clean.  This seems to work better than using either one alone.

This fizzing can also help unclog a drain naturally.

For most cleaning, though, you won't combine them.  Nothing bad will happen, but you'll have a mess to clean up.

WHAT STAINS DOES BAKING SODA REMOVE?


Baking soda is a great stain remover because it's abrasive and basic.

It works great on the following stains:

  • Odors
  • Blood
  • Sweat
  • Fruit
  • Vomit
  • Wine

WHAT DO YOU MIX WITH BAKING SODA TO CLEAN?


I usually just mix baking soda and water to make a paste and use it to scrub.  You can also mix it with vinegar as mentioned above.

I also mix it with dish soap to clean tough grime on my pots and pans.   (If you're looking for a natural dish soap, I really like Mrs. Meyer's Lemon Verbena.)

More natural cleaning ideas:



CLEANING WITH BAKING SODA


KITCHEN


STORAGE CONTAINERS


Plastic storage containers can absorb odors from food and the fridge.  Sprinkle baking soda inside the container and use a damp sponge to clean.

If the odor persists or there are heavy stains,  add 1 tablespoons of baking soda to a cup of water water and let it soak.

Eliminate odors and most stains by using glass storage containers.  If you're looking to eliminate or reduce plastic use, these glass food storage containers are a great deal.


FRIDGE


Food odors can penetrate the fridge and other foods.  There are few things worse than putting butter on your toast and realizing that it tastes like last Tuesday's tacos.

Set a bowl of baking soda in the fridge to absorb odors for fresher tasting foods.

REMOVE WAX FROM FOODS


If you buy produce that has a waxy coating, use baking soda and water to buff off the wax before eating.

COUNTERS


Sprinkle baking soda on your counters and use a damp sponge to scrub.  This works great for dried on foods.

I don't use it on my stainless appliances.  Be careful using baking soda if you have expensive countertops. I  do not, so I don't know what surfaces it can damage.

TRASH CAN


If your trash can smells funky, sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom to absorb odors.  Do this once a week to keep it fresh.

STOVE TOP


I have a flat top stove.  I use baking soda and water to remove grease and food to keep it looking new.

OVEN CLEANER


Sprinkle baking soda in your oven and wipe with a damp sponge.  Let it sit for 15 minutes.  Then spray vinegar on it and wipe up.

POLISH SILVERWARE


Combine 3 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon water to make a paste.  Use a microfiber cloth to rub silverware.  Rinse well.

POTS AND PANS


If you have grease or stuck on food, sprinkle baking soda on your pots and pans and then scrub.  Sometimes I let it soak to get more grime off.

BATHROOM


SOAP SCUM


Baking soda is an excellent soap scum remover.  Sprinkle on the tub or sink and use a microfiber cloth to wipe.

GROUT CLEANER


You can also sprinkle it on grout to clean it.  Use a toothbrush to scrub the small lines.

BRUSH CLEANER


Oils from your hair and products can build up on your brushes and combs.  Soak them in 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 cup of water overnight.  Rinse well.


GENERAL CLEANING



FLOORS


Add 1/2 cup baking soda to a gallon of hot water to mop your floors.  I sometimes add a squirt of dish soap too.

UNCLOG DRAINS


If your drain is slow, pour a cup of vinegar down the drain.  Then pour a cup of vinegar in and wait for about 10 minutes.  Flush with hot water for several minutes.

REFRESH CARPETS AND FURNITURE


Sprinkle baking soda on furniture or carpets.  Let sit at least 15 minutes.  I generally let it sit for hours or even overnight for best results.  Vacuum the baking soda off of the fabric or carpet.

I like these ecofriendly cardboard containers to get a more even application.


SPOT CLEAN WALLS


If there are fingerprints, grime, or even crayon marks, sprinkle baking soda on a sponge and carefully scrub.

LAUNDRY BOOSTER


Add baking soda to laundry to brighten colors and whites.  Add a cup to a load with the liquid detergent.  I put it on the bottom of the drum in my front loader.


STINKY SHOES



If your shoes stink, sprinkle baking soda in them and let them sit overnight.  Tap the baking soda out and into the trash.


OUTDOORS



PATIO FURNITURE


Clean your patio furniture with baking soda water.  Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda per cup of water and use a sponge to clean them.

OIL STAINS


If you get an oil stain on your driveway or garage floor, sprinkle baking soda on the oil and let it dry.  Sweep up with a stiff broom.

GRILL


Clean your grill by sprinkling baking soda on it and scrubbing with a brush.  Rinse well.

CHROME


Clean chrome with a paste of water and baking soda.  Use a microfiber cloth to clean.  Rinse well.

PETS


DRY SHAMPOO


If your dog smells but you don't want to give him or her a bath, sprinkle baking soda on them and work in with your fingers.  Brush out the baking soda.

LITTER BOX


Add baking soda to the litter box to absorb odors.

PET BEDS


If your pet has a bed, sprinkle baking soda on it and let sit for 15 minutes.  Vacuum off the baking soda.

Do you do any cleaning with baking soda?  What's your favorite way to use it?


Like this post?  Pin it!
Cleaning with baking soda. 25 ways to use baking soda to clean bathroom, sink, carpet, couch, stove,and kitchens. Use as a stain remover and to scrub while it cleanses. Sprinkle on surfaces to clean it. Life hacks for cleaning naturally. Use as an air freshener or oven cleaner. Add to washing machines for brighter clothes. Simple recipe and easy diy toturials for eco friendly cleaning. #natural #cleaning #bakingsoda


Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, and several chickens. She loves Gilmore Girls, glitter, coffee, and her kids. But not in that order.