NELA Living Blog by Emilie Broughton

Baking Soda as a Green Cleaner

Baking Soda, a common kitchen ingredient, can be used for so much more than just
baking. As a green cleaning agent, baking soda can combat germs, odors, and burnt-on foods. Use it in your sink, on carpets and rugs, and in your washing machine to give your detergent a boost. Baking soda can also whiten porcelain, brighten laundry, and act as a scrubbing agent that won't scratch surfaces. Best of all, this cleaning product is eco-friendly, non-toxic, and safe to use in households with children and pets. Here are some fantastic baking soda cleaning hacks for those conscious of their indoor environment.
 Remove burnt-on foods by boiling baking soda and water in your soiled pan, and
then letting it cool. Let the concoction soak overnight, if necessary, and then wipe
it clean.
 Refresh your carpets. Instead of reaching for harmful, conventional carpet
cleaners, use baking soda as an earth-friendly alternative to deodorize and clean
your rugs naturally. Sprinkle baking soda onto your carpet, mist it with warm
water, and let it sit for several hours. Then, vacuum it up.
 Combat dishwasher odors Try sprinkling 1/2 cup of baking soda into the bottom
of the dishwasher in between uses. After a few cycles, the smell will begin to
 De-odorize drains
Sprinkle baking soda into your drain and garbage disposal, and then let it sit for a
few minutes or up to several hours. Next, pour in some distilled white vinegar and
then run the hot water. Food residue, germs, and soap scum will be washed away,
and your drain will smell fresh.
 Refresh your refrigerator Make a paste of baking soda and water to clean
cleaning out your fridge. This non-toxic cleaning formula can be added to a wet
microfiber rag and used to wipe away residue from food, condiments, and
produce. Rinse the rag well in between uses, and buff off any remaining baking
soda residue.
 Scrub without scratching Delicate bathroom surfaces, like porcelain or white
subway tiles, can be scrubbed clean with a recipe of baking soda and distilled
white vinegar. With a soft brush or a reusable plastic sponge, spread the paste
onto the surface, and then wait a few minutes before rinsing it clean. This
effortless method is effective for whitening sinks and showers.
 For many more uses of baking soda see

What Not to Clean With Baking Soda

You should never use baking soda on marble counters or ceramic
cooktops. Baking soda will remove the protective finish on
marble counters and will scratch cooktops, leaving a thin, white
film. Similarly, gold-plated items and aluminum pots should not
be cleaned with baking soda. Baking soda may scratch the soft
precious metal and will oxidize when used on aluminum, causing
your pot to change color.

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