Whether you’re diving into a deep clean or just sprucing up the house, bicarbonate of soda is your new best friend. Bicarbonate is made by mixing carbon, sodium, hydrogen and oxygen molecules, and is actually a type of salt – which says a lot about this product’s cleaning powers. This gentle, non-toxic cupboard staple is a powerhouse when it comes to getting rid of tough stains around your kitchen, wiping up your children’s toys or giving the bathroom a once-over.
The best 10 ways to use baking soda in your home
Spruce up the shower
On a wet microfibre cloth, sprinkle a small amount fo baking soda and a couple drops of washing up liquid.
Work the cloth between your hands to create a foamy lather texture and use the cloth to scrub the shower walls.
For shower floors, sprinkle baking soda across the surface, squirting washing up liquid over the powder in an ’s’ motion, and scrub the floor with a wet brush.
Wipe down the walls and floor with a dry microfibre cloth. For shower curtains, clean with a damp cloth sprinkled with baking soda before rinsing with hot water.
Clean the drains
Keep drains smelling fresh and clean and flowing smoothly with the help of bicarbonate of soda.
Once a week, clean all the drains in your home by running hot water before pouring in half-a-cup of baking soda.
Let the mixture rest for about 15 minutes before rinsing with hot water to wash away any residue.
All purpose scrubber
Bicarbonate of soda can be used as an all-round household scrubber and can be utilised on numerous surfaces.
To do this, sprinkle it on a damp sponge equipped with a scrubbing surface and work at bath tubs, sinks and toilet bowls.
Polish your silverware
Make a paste with three parts baking soda and one part water. Rub the paste onto the silverware you want to clean with a fresh cloth.
Rinse and dry, and your knives and forks will be looking as good as new in no time.
To give your dishwasher a good, thorough clean, bicarbonate of soda is the ideal tool.
Sprinkle the soda into the bottom of your dishwasher and run it on full cycle as usual to help remove tough stains and – you guessed it – it will help with any lingering smells too.
Grill and barbecue cleaner
Barbecues are one of the best parts of summer, but cleaning the grill after use can be a real chore.
Well not any more, because you can use bicarbonate of soda for that as well.
Sprinkle the soda onto the grill grates and simply scrub with a brush. Once you’re happy with the results, rinse and wipe clean and your grill will be as good as new.