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The Magical Cleaning Properties of Baking Soda

For this month, as Omicron is getting crazy and people probably aren’t doing a whole lot, we thought we would keep our blog post a bit upbeat and practical. So, we decided to tell you wonderful folks a bit about one of our favorite substances, baking soda..

While baking soda is not necessarily a tool our professional cleaners use in our day to day cleanings very often, and this is for multiple reasons in the field, we could go on for days about the crazy ways you can use baking soda for deep cleaning and other applications. This list is far from complete, and highlights just a few of the coolest uses for baking soda. Note: drinking it is not one of them

1 - As an odor neutralizer - Have you ever smelled a bit of funk coming from your fridge but you can’t find the source? If you stick an open bowl of baking soda in the back of the refrigerator, it will effectively eliminate most smells. This works best in small, closed spaces.

2 - As a jewelry cleaner/polisher - If you have some old jewelry around that you think has seen better days, polishing your metals with baking soda is a super easy and simple way to remove a great amount of tarnishing and visible wear. Just be careful not to use it on the wrong materials!

3 - As a whitening agent/ stain remover - Adding about half of a cup of baking soda to your normal load of laundry will help get out many more stubborn stains your clothes may be holding on to. This is because baking soda is alkaline, which interacts with many acids in stains to “unlock” these particles from your clothes. For the same reason, baking soda is a great tool for cleaning carpet stains. We especially recommend it for if you have a pet that sometimes pees inside, as it removes both the smell and the stain of these…accidents.

4 - Scorch-mark remover - If you’ve ever had a pan that’s bottom side is covered entirely by a big thick layer of burnt material and scorch marks, baking soda can be used to scrub out most of this accumulated “ash”. Just make a paste with water and baking soda, coat it onto whatever needs scrubbing, leave it for a bit then scrub away! If you’ve read our previous blog posts you’ll also see that this can be done with a variety of things, including cleaning out an entire oven!

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