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Back to Basics, Part One: Baking Soda




In our monthly blog posts, we love to explore creative ways to handle household cleaning tasks of every kind! But sometimes, too much information and too many products can be overwhelming to those who are just beginning their green cleaning journey. For the next few months, we will be focusing solely on the very basic elements with our favorite eco-friendly, simple cleaning ingredients. This month, pick up a box of baking soda and let’s work some magic!

In the shower: Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on a wet microfiber cloth, with a few drops of dish soap. Work into a lather, and use it to scrub your shower walls. The same mixture can be used for the shower floor, with a scrubbing brush rather than a microfiber cloth.

In the oven: Use a baking soda paste to scrub down the sides and bottom of your oven, as well as the individual racks. Baking soda is a great product to use for extra scrubbing power, without being too abrasive.

In stinky shoes: Help your gym bag smell fresh and clean every day by sprinkling baking soda in your shoes after a tough workout! Make sure it is evenly distributed across the inside sole, and let sit overnight.


Down the drain: After running hot water down your sink or shower drain, pour one half cup of baking soda into the drain. Let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing again with hot water. This task should be done weekly to help eliminate musty drain smells.


In the sink: When you’re finished cleaning out those drains, let’s clean that sink too! Sprinkle baking soda on half a lemon and use it to gently scrub all around the sink basin.

In the trash: A smelly trash can can affect the whole kitchen- who can smell tonight’s delicious dinner cooking when you can smell last week’s leftovers rotting in the can? Shake some baking soda in the trash throughout the week, and when it’s time to take it out, don’t forget to add some to the bottom of the can under the bag to continuously eliminate unwanted odors.

On the walls: Since baking soda is such a gentle cleaner, it can even be used to remove marks from paint without damaging the finish. Use a damp sponge and a dusting of baking soda to lightly rub the area. This works especially well on greasy stains, such as fingerprints.


In the laundry: Adding half a cup of baking soda to each load of laundry along with your regular detergent will not only keep your clothes smelling fresh, it will help whiten whites and brighten colors!


We hope these baking soda tips help, stay tuned next month for a continuation of our back to basics cleaning series!

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