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Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) a great cleaning product
Replace your cream cleaner with bicarbonate of soda
Use a sprinkle of bicarbonate of soda on a sponge to clean any surface you would usually use a cream cleaner on. It'll work just as well to remove dirt and grime. It won't leave you with that harsh chemical smell either. Finish with a cotton cloth for an immaculate finish.
Clean your hairbrushes and combs
Your hair tools can get extremely gunky over time. Make sure they last a long time and remain in tip-top condition by giving them a good clean every few months.
Soak them in a mixture of 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 cups of warm water for an hour then rinse and dry.
Keep them clean and germ-free.
Don’t pass on bad bacteria to your mouth - soak your toothbrush heads in a mixture of ¼ cup bicarbonate of soda and a ¼ cup of water overnight and rinse the next morning.
Clean your heads (toilet), sink and shower
Mix a ¼ cup of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of liquid detergent and add some vinegar to give it a nice thick consistency. Use a sponge with a large dollop of this home-made cleaner on all your bathroom fittings and you’ll never need to buy bathroom cleaners again.
De-grease your oven door
Cleaning with baking soda has never been more effective than in the kitchen.
Cleaning the oven is a job we all hate to do but it needn't be a chore with bicarbonate of soda. This tried and tested method will leave your glass oven door sparkling:
- Mix 3 parts bicarbonate of soda to 1 part warm water to form a paste.
- Warm the oven for a few minutes and then switch it off.
- Wipe the glass with a damp cloth.
- Spread the paste on both sides of the oven door.
- Leave for 2-3 hours until the paste turns brown.
- Wipe both sides with a damp sponge cloth.
- Use a plastic car scraper to remove any excess.
Remove tea stains from mugs
The crystals in baking soda can effectively remove stains in your mugs and help return them to their former glory. Just be prepared to put some elbow grease into it!
Sprinkle some bicarb on a clean scourer and get scrubbing. It should take around 5-10 minutes to lift stains and reveal a good-as-new mug.
Freshen up smelly sponges
If your sponges are getting a bit smelly don't be tempted to bin them.
Baking soda works wonders at absorbing smells - soak sponges in a bowl full of warm water with 4 tablespoons of dissolved baking soda. Let them air dry and they should smell like new.
Keep your fridge fresh
What does yours smell of?
Smelly fridge? Keep it smelling clean with baking soda!
Bad smells aren't just off-putting when you're looking for a midnight snack, they can actually ruin the taste of surrounding food.
Keep a small bowl of bicarb in your fridge to help neutralise smells. It works like a sponge to soak up any bad odours - just remember to change it every month or so.
Clean dirty rugs and carpets
Dirty carpet? Baking soda can be used for carpet cleaning. Liberally sprinkle baking soda on your carpet, wait at least 15 minutes then sweep as much of it as you can and vacuum as normal.
For the best results, leave the powder to settle overnight. Your carpet or rug should look brighter and smell good - a nice way to refresh your carpet naturally. Just think how much you could save instead of splashing out on expensive carpet treatments.
Get your fabrics smelling amazing with this clever hack:
- Fill an empty spray bottle with 3/4 hot water.
- Add 4 tablespoons of Bicarbonate of Soda.
- Shake well and allow to cool a little.
- Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil.
- Once cooled completely, give it another shake to combine the ingredients, and then spray on clothes and soft furnishings.
How to brighten whites
Are your whites looking a bit dull? Try cleaning with baking soda!
Add 1 cup of baking soda to your next load of laundry along with regular liquid detergent. They’ll emerge much cleaner and brighter than before!
Use this little trick to whiten up the kids' school shirts and polos.