Cleaning Tips & Tricks 101
Household product manufacturers loaded today’s modem home with polluting substances designed to make domestic life easier. The cleaner our home is, the unhealthier it may become, because of toxic cleaning products made from these chemical-based elements.
Many of these commercial cleaning products contain dangerous chemicals that are not listed on the label (NOTE: a manufacturer can omit any ingredient that is considered a secret formula from its label). Wouldn’t it be nice if having a clean home didn’t come at health and environmental cost?
CLEANING OUR HOME NATURALLY
Fortunately, there are solutions that are kinder to our family’s health, the environment and our wallet. We can clean anything in our home in a less toxic way, often with ingredients that we already have from our kitchen. One of these is BAKING SODA, aka sodium bicarbonate that helps regulate pH. When baking soda comes in contact with either an acidic or an alkaline substance, its natural effect is to neutralize that pH. Beyond that, baking soda has the ability to delay further changes in the pH balance. Neutralizing and delaying the pH balance allow baking soda to do things such as neutralize acidic odors, for example inside our the refrigerator and even our cat or animal litter. It’s a simple reaction, but one that has far-reaching effects for a number of cleaning and deodorizing tasks.
There are even dozens of ways to clean with baking soda alone alone.
- Floors, Furniture
Remove dirt and grime using 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water. Mop the floors and rinse clean for a sparkling floor. For scratches, use baking soda on a clean damp sponge, then rinse. We can also clean and remove marks such as crayon from walls and painted furniture by applying baking soda to a damp sponge and rub lightly – then wipe off with a clean and dry cloth.
- Bathroom Tubs and Tiles
For safe, effective cleaning of bathroom tubs, tile and sinks, sprinkle baking soda lightly on a clean damp sponge and scrub moderately. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry. For extra cleaning power, make a paste with baking soda, course salt and liquid dish soap—let it sit then scour off.
- Microwave, Ovens
Sprinkle baking soda onto the bottom of the oven. Spray with water to dampen the baking soda and leave it overnight. In the morning, scrub and scoop the baking soda and grime out with a sponge, or vacuum, and rinse. For simple cleaning of microwave, use baking soda on a damp sponge and clean the inside and outside gently. Rinse the sponge with water and apply again.
- Coffee and Tea Pots
Remove coffee and tea stains and eliminate bitter off-tastes by washing mugs and coffee makers in a solution of 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart of warm water. For stubborn stains, try soaking overnight in the baking soda solution and detergent or scrubbing with baking soda on a clean damp sponge.
- Cat and Animal Litter
Sprinkle a layer of plain baking soda under our kitty’s litter when first filling the box to absorb odors. Add just a dash of baking soda over the top of the litter, or mix it throughout, whenever the box gets a little odorous.
Place an open box or plastic cup with baking soda in the back part of the fridge to neutralize the odors.
- Trashcans and Drains
Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water to deodorize sink and tub drains, and keep lingering odors from resurfacing. This will neutralize both acid and basic odors for a fresh drain. For trashcans, sprinkle baking soda on the bottom to keep stinky smells at bay.
There are plenty of ways to clean our home using baking soda that are healthier for our body, inexpensive, which can safely be used in place of commercial household products. Using this is rewarding and fun, and we can use the natural scents that we prefer while ensuring that our home is safe from dangerous chemicals that are harmful to our health and our family.