My two daughters are extremely sensitive. Certain chemicals can trigger negative behaviors or physical reactions so we need to take great care with the products we use around the house. I discovered that the more we removed harmful or questionable ingredients from our lives, the better my children did in school and in life. This has made me a mom on a mission to help others live a nontoxic life.
Thanks to this discovery, over the years I refined our diets quite a bit but it took me longer to realize that there are toxins all around our home – including our household cleaners. Even more costly, “nontoxic” brands may contain ingredients that could be harmful for my children. The good news, though, is that there was a simple solution right in my cabinet.
As a family that does a lot of gluten-free baking, we always have baking soda on hand. Here are the eight everyday uses to clean with baking soda.
Nontoxic Oven Cleaner
Did you every use your oven’s cleaning function and get sick from the fumes? Once, I let it run one time for an extra hour when we were out of our home. I came home and was sick to my stomach the whole night and vowed never to use it again. I discovered that baking soda is an easy nontoxic way to clean your oven. Simply make a thick paste that will stick to the sides, coat your oven and let it sit overnight or longer with the door open. Use a wet cloth to clean wipe the crusts off.
Natural Laundry Softener
Add a half a cup to your full load of laundry. Baking soda dissolves well in water and it doesn’t cause skin irritation for those with sensitive skin so it’s a better choice than store-bought softeners.
Pretreat Stained Clothing
Baking soda is also my go to product of choice for stain removal, including the blood, sweat, soda, wine, vomit and baby spit up. I pour it right on the stain and let it sit. Then I soak with baking soda in warm or hot water, depending on what the fabric can handle. Some stains may be harder than others, like blood, so you’ll have to let them sit longer but be careful with colored and sensitive fabrics.
You’ve heard that baking soda helps keep your fridge naturally deodorized, but did you know that you could use it around your home? Try sprinkling it in the bottom of trash and recycling bins, and put a box in your clothes closet to keep it from getting musty.
Who hasn’t tried this one before? Sprinkle inside the shoes that get smelly – like rain boots or sneakers. You can let that sit and shake out before wearing. I do not recommend this for flip flips because you might not get all the baking soda out!
Mattress, Carpet and Upholstery Deodorizer
If you have not yet potty trained your child or housebroken your dog, you know that accidents happen. Sprinkle baking soda on the smelly area and let it sit for 15-30 minutes, then vacuum it up. For stronger odors, you may need to let it sit longer.
Baking soda is actually a type of salt so you can use it as an abrasive
scrubber. Leave a small bowl next to the kitchen sink to use with baked on cookware. Try adding it to dish soap for tougher stains on pots or sprinkling it on a sponge to clean your tub, tile and scuff marks on your floors.
Deodorize Garbage Disposal
Baking soda can help you clean and deodorize a smelly disposal. I like to make sure there is no food stuck down there first. (You may want to turn the fuse off first to make sure the disposal doesn’t accidentally turn on while you are cleaning it.) After you’ve removed all the unprocessed garbage, turn your fuse back on, pour in some baking soda and let warm water run from the tap as you run the disposal.
Baking soda can help you build an arsenal of food-grade cleaning products that are safe around your children and pets. At $3.50 for a five pound bag, how can we afford NOT weave these tips into our routine?
Thank you Gina from Embracing Imperfect for contributing as a Guest Blogger! Our blog -the Savvy Path- focuses on one theme a month. Learn together, make changes, move forward. Nice and easy. This month, explore budget-friendly cleaning ideas, tips and products:
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