8 Baking Soda Hacks to Up Your Green Cleaning Game
When you save money, cut down on chemicals, and find multiple uses for one product, you are clearly winning at life. They say that it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game, right? Wrong! Winning is awesome.
Let’s face it I’ve been #adulting for a looooong time and little things like green cleaning just soothe my soul. It’s kind of like that one time when you successfully balanced your bank account or used your “inside voice” when you stubbed your toe (that happened, right?) Well today, you’re gonna make your mama proud because we are learning all about an amazing substance (no, not that one!) BAKING SODA, YOU FOOL!
The reason I wrote this blog post/created this video is to make you laugh, cry, and run out of the house, to the store, to stock up on splendid sodium bicarbonate. So let’s get started, shall we? These 8 uses for baking soda will make you the envy of all your friends:
1) Your Funky Drain
Anyone that knows me, knows I gotta have that funk. Prince music is my favorite jam. But when it comes to funky-smelling sink drains, that’s another story. No worries. Here’s the formula for success: Stinky Drain + Baking Soda + Vinegar = Fresh-Smelling Sink.
Pour a cup of baking soda in your drain and let it sit for an hour or so. Then, boil 2 cups of white vinegar and dump that down your drain. Once you rinse with warm water, your drain is no longer funky, it’s fresh.
2) More Funk! Your Dishwasher
Speaking of funky smells…take another cup of baking soda and sprinkle it in your dishwasher. Leave it to sit for the night. Run an empty, normal cycle in the morning and voila, your dishwasher stinks no mo’.
3) Evict the Ants!
Mix one part baking soda with one part powdered sugar in a small container and set it out for your anty friends. The sugar will draw them in and the baking soda will blow them up. It’ll blow up their intestines anyway!
4) Baking Soda to Clean Your Scalp – Genious!
When baking soda is applied to the scalp, it can break down dirt and oil. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to your shampoo every couple of weeks. It fights oil and clarifies hair of product build-up.
5) Rub-a-Dub-Dub. Use Baking Soda to Clean Your Tub
Mix 1/4 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup dish soap and optionally you can add about 10 drops of any citrus essential oil (they have antibacterial qualities and they smell fab). You must use all of it with this clean because it doesn’t keep. Apply the mixture onto the tub and let it sit for about 10 minutes (this is called “dwell-time”). Then, use the scrubby side of a sponge and scrub it all down again starting from the back. Now, rinse it all away with a container or hand-held shower head. Lastly, use a squeegee or a nice fluffy towel to buff dry. Now take a lovely long bubble bath in your newly cleaned tub. You’ve earned it!
6) The Yellow Teeth Problem Solved – On a Budget
An inexpensive way to get those pearly whites is to simply add a little baking soda to your toothpaste and brush away. Your smile will sparkle and your breath will be fresher too!
7) I Love Pesticides on My Fruit and Veggies! – Said No One Ever.
Add 3 Tbsp of baking soda with 1 cup of water and spritz your produce. It will add the abrasion you need to get your produce crazy-clean. Rinse off with tap water and there you have it – bug-free and pesticide free. WOW!
8) Deodorizing with Baking Soda
Of course, we couldn’t talk about baking soda without mentioning it’s deodorizing superpower. Fill a simple shaker bottle with baking soda and if you like, add your favorite essential oil. Tuck that baby into your sock drawer or wherever nasty smells loom. This deodorizer goes in and the smells go out!
* Honorable Mention – the Parmasean Cheese Container
I loooove pouring my baking soda in a used parmesan cheese container. The double-sided lid is awesome. One side pours, the other sprinkles, and the clickable cap closes it all up. Tuck under your bathroom and kitchen sinks so it’s always within your reach.
Well, baking soda enthusiasts, now you know my 8 favorites for using baking soda around the home…and c’mon “8 is Enough” – bonus points for getting my 80’s reference there. However, if you just can’t get out of the baking soda groove, here are some other blog posts that might float your boat.
Be sure to like and share this post so we call all spread the baking soda love. And, let me know about some creative uses you’ve found for this fan-freakin-tastic stuff.
Until Next Time My PeAcHeS!