5 Uses of Baking Soda Around the House
Ah, if only there weren’t many more product like it – one that costs so little, and yet does so much.
Yes, we’re talking about baking soda. And if you use it only to ensure your cakes, breads, and muffins rise as they should, you’re missing out on a ton of potential.
Let’s take a closer look:
Drain cleaning is a key ingredient in a three-part recipe to help you clear and prevent clogged drains and toilets. The other two are distilled white vinegar and piping hot water. Have a blocked drain now or one that’s draining slowly? Pour a half-cup of each of baking soda and vinegar and follow-up that up about 30 minutes later with a tea kettle full of boiling water. If needed, repeat the entire process.
Baking is an adjunct to, not a substitute to your favorite laundry detergent. Add in a teaspoon or two to your next wash and note how much better everything smells afterward. Baking soda, when mixed with water, also helps to pre-treat tough stains. For best results, use three parts of baking soda and one part water.
From stinky trash cans to wicked smelling shoes or lunch bags, unpleasant odors have a way of making their presence known. Now you can fight back by sprinkling some dry baking soda directly onto the smelly objects, but only the completely dry ones. Want to deodorize a toilet for drain, too? Mix one cup of baking soda with a gallon of water, pour it into the drain or toilet, and let it sit for an hour before flushing or rinsing.
Need some extra scrubbing power in your dishwasher? Just add two tablespoons of baking soda to your normal amount of dish detergent. For extra tough stains, fill the pot or pan with warm water and 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda and let it sit for an hour before placing it in the dishwasher.
If you have scratch-able surfaces that still need to be thoroughly cleaned, once again it’s baking soda to the rescue. Just sprinkle some dry baking soda on a sponge, wet it, and do your thing on counters, sinks, tubs, toilets, and even your chrome faucets.
Of course, like most home products and remedies, baking soda has its limitations, including as it applies to a stubbornly clogged drain. Consider the case where an underground sewer pipe has cracked and separated or that same drain line is hopelessly snarled in a tree or shrub root infiltration. No amount of baking soda can solve that problem, but we can. We’re Clog Master, a full-service sewer and drain cleaning company ready to assist you now, no matter how small or large the job.