Besides vinegar, my other favorite basic cleaner is baking soda. Take your old Parmesan cheese containers and fill them up with baking soda. You can also add essentials oils to the baking soda, if you’d like, but it makes it a little bit clumpy. Baking soda is an excellent abrasive cleaner to replace conventional chemical scrubbing cleaners.
Then just shake the baking soda onto surfaces you want to clean, such as the toilet, bathtub and sink in the bathroom, or the stove top, counters, and sink in the kitchen. Use a rag, microfiber cloth, or one of those green scouring pads and scrub away. You may need to get a second rag wet to wipe away the residue on the counter top or cook top, but in the bathroom you can just rinse it away.
Baking soda is also great as a carpet deodorizer. For this, you’ll want to add several drops (10-15) of essential oil to your baking soda container and shake it up to mix it together. Then sprinkle it around on your carpet or rug and let it set for 10-20 minutes. Vacuum as your normally would, and the baking soda will help to lift up dirt and pet hair, eliminate odors, and also leave behind a nice clean scent from the essential oil.
Baking soda is a great alternative to toxic abrasive cleaners. It works especially well when you shake on a little baking soda, and then spray with your vinegar and water solution. The mixture will fizz a little bit, let it set for a few minutes and the scrub the baking soda off. Baking soda also rinses away clearly and easily, so you don’t have to worry about chemicals left over on your work surfaces in the kitchen.
Have you tried cleaning with baking soda around your home? What is your favorite use for it?
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