Household cleaning products are a big source of toxic overload in our bodies and our environment. Turning to safer, more natural alternatives, such as Baking Soda, is a very good way to help improve personal and environmental health, become more sustainable and save money as well. It is totally a win, win situation!
Continuing with the series on this wonderful, cheap and very versatile product, let us now take a look at Baking Soda as a deodorizer and some uses for Baking Soda around the home. You can see part one about Baking Soda in the home here and part three about Baking Soda in personal care here.
Air freshener – Ironically, most air fresheners on the market are full of toxic chemicals that shouldn’t be breathed. Here is a safe and healthy one you can use. Mix 1 tablespoon Baking Soda with a few drops of essential oil. Add to a spray bottle and fill with water.
Dishwasher – Sprinkle Baking Soda in the bottom of your dishwasher before your next load to get rid of odors.
Refrigerator – Place an open box of Baking Soda in the back of your refrigerator to help neutralize odors. Just be sure to change the box every couple of months.
Cutting Boards – Sprinkle the cutting board with Baking Soda, scrub, rinse.
Remove Odors from Your Hands – Simply rub your hands with Baking Soda and water to get rid of strong odors like garlic or onion.
Garbage Bins – Simply sprinkle some Baking Soda on the bottom of your rubbish bin to help keep bad smells away.
Garbage Disposals & Drains – To help eliminate odors slowly pour ½ cup Baking Soda down your drain while simultaneously running warm water to flush it down. (you can use the Baking Soda that has previously been used to soak up odours in the fridge or elsewhere in the home)
Clothes Closet – Place an open box of Baking Soda on the shelf in your closet to keep odors at bay and to freshen the air and fabrics.
Carpet Deodorizer – Sprinkle Baking Soda on your carpet and let sit overnight. Sweep up what you can and then use a vacuum to suck up the rest.
Vacuum Cleaner – sucking up the Baking Soda from the carpet will also have the effect of deodorizing the vacuum cleaner.
Litter Boxes – Cover the bottom of the litter tray with Baking Soda, then fill as usual with litter. To freshen between changes, sprinkle Baking Soda on top of the litter after a thorough cleaning.
Pet’s Beds – Safely deodorize your pet’s bedding by sprinkling with Baking Soda. Wait at least 15 minutes, then vacuum.
Dog – Between your dog’s baths, try a dry freshen-up, by sprinkling Baking Soda into their fur, rub and then comb or brush out.
Shoes or Sneakers – Shake Baking Soda into smelly shoes/sneakers when not in use and shake it out before you next wear them.
Sports gear – Use 4 tablespoons of Baking Soda in 1 litre of warm water to clean and deodorize. Sprinkle Baking Soda into a sports bag to deodorize.
Car – Odours can settle into car upholstery and carpet, so sprinkle the fabric and carpet with Baking Soda and leave overnight. Vacuum out the next day for a fresh, clean fragrance.
Uses Around the Home
Remove Oil and Grease – Sprinkle Baking Soda on top of oil and grease stains in your garage or driveway. Scrub with a wet brush and rinse clean.
Cleaning the BBQ – After the family BBQ, Baking Soda will make light work of cleaning the grill. Just sprinkle on, scrub with a damp brush and rinse clean.
Clean Car Batteries – Baking Soda can be used to neutralize battery acid corrosion in cars. Be sure to disconnect the battery terminals before cleaning. Use a past of 3 tablespoons of Baking Soda and one tablespoon of water, and apply with a damp cloth to scrub the corrosion off. Wipe them with petroleum jelly to prevent future corrosion once you have reconnected the terminals.
Clean Cars – Use Baking Soda in a solution of ¼ cup Baking Soda in one litre of warm water, to clean your car lights, chrome, windows, tires, floor mats etc. For stubborn dirt and marks, sprinkle Baking Soda directly on a damp cloth and rub.
Unclog Drains – When combined with vinegar, it can be used as an all-natural drain cleaner. Simply put around three quarters of a cup of Baking Soda down the drain and then pour half a cup of vinegar down the drain. Place the drain plug in the drain hole for 30 minutes. After that, pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain and you should find that the drain is unclogged. If not, try repeating the process.
Camping – Baking Soda can be used to wash the dishes, as a pot scrubber, hand cleaner, deodorant, toothpaste, fire extinguisher to name a few, making it very useful to take with you on your next camping trip.
Fire Extinguisher – when Baking Soda is heated it gives off Carbon Dioxide, thus helping to starve the flames of oxygen, and helping to smother the flames. This, of course, can only be used on very small fires, by throwing handfuls of Baking Soda at the base of the flame (after making sure the gas or electricity has been turned off in the case of small cooking fires)
Septic Systems – Regular use of Baking Soda in your drains will help keep your septic system healthier, but an extra cup of Baking Soda can be added once a week to help maintain an even more favorable pH.
Polish Silver – a simple paste of 3 parts Baking Soda to 1 part water can be rubbed onto silver ware with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse and dry, and enjoy the shine!
Keep Ants Out – Mix up equal parts of Baking Soda and salt together. Then, sprinkle the mixture wherever you see the ants coming in. This will also help with cockroaches.
Eliminate Moisture – Place a bowl of Baking Soda anywhere there is a moisture problem. The Baking Soda will absorb the moisture in the air.
Keep Flowers Fresher Longer – Keep cut flowers fresher longer by adding a teaspoon of Baking Soda to the water in the vase.
Wash Produce – Baking Soda is a food safe way to clean dirt and residue off your produce. Mix a quarter of a cup of Baking Soda in a sink full of water. Wash your fruits and vegetables in the solution, then rinse with clean water.
Make Self-Raising Flour – To make 1 cup self-raising flour, you will need 1 cup plain flour and 2 teaspoons of Baking Powder – see recipe below.
Make Baking Powder – A more natural, aluminum free, Baking Powder can be made using 2 parts Cream of Tartar, 1 part Baking Soda, 1 part rice flour or arrowroot flour (measured by volume).
Baking Soda is such an amazing product isn’t it. And good for the budget, health and the environment too!