How to Clean With Baking Soda

Looking for an inexpensive, multi-purpose, natural cleaner for your home? Try baking soda! Here are 8 tips on how to use baking soda to clean your home from the Domestic CEO.

Amanda Thomas
5-minute read
Episode #98

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Tip #5: Use Baking Soda as a Carpet Freshener

Is your carpet smelling a little funky? You can buy powders that can be sprinkled on the carpet and then vacuumed later but what exactly is in that stuff? If you’ve got kids down on the floor or pets lying on the carpet, maybe you’d like a greener, safer option.

Here it is: Mix 1 cup of baking soda with 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon. Stir this really well. Add this to a container that has a sprinkling top. I bought a parmesan cheese dispenser at the dollar store.  I recommend doing a spot test on your carpet before using this everywhere. Sprinkle a bit in an inconspicuous area like a closet or in a corner behind furniture just to make sure nothing stains. (I've never had a stain happen, but better safe than sorry!)

If the spot test is ok, go ahead and sprinkle this wonderfully-smelling stuff all over your carpets. I let mine sit for about 30 minutes so the baking soda can work it’s odor-absorbing magic and the cinnamon makes my house smell like I just baked something yummy. Vacuum as normal and enjoy the fresh smell of your clean rugs!

Tip #6: Use Baking Soda to Deodorize Your Cutting Boards

Has an overpowering onion invaded the cracks and crevices of your cutting board? Baking soda comes to the rescue. Sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda on the cutting board. Add a bit of water to make a thick paste. Let this sit for just a few minutes and then give it a good scrub. For an extra freshener, slice a lemon and rub the entire cutting board surface with the cut side of the lemon. Rinse with warm water and you’re all set. That strong onion smell is history!

Tip #7: Use Baking Soda to Freshen Garbage Disposals

That same guilty onion that smelled up your cutting board also did a job on the garbage disposal. Really, when you think of everything that goes in the disposal it’s a wonder it doesn’t smell nasty more often!

To solve this pungent problem, sprinkle a ½ cup of baking soda down the garbage disposal and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Then turn on the disposal and let it run with very hot water. I like to follow up with a few lemon slices after that. Give them a good grind in the disposal as well and everything will smell fresh as a daisy! (Or rather, as a lemon).

Tip #8: Use Baking Soda to Clean the Toilet

Baking soda is awesome for scrubbing and freshening toilets. Sprinkle about a ½ cup of baking soda in the toilet bowl. Use the toilet brush to scrub everywhere, especially under the rim. Once you’re done scrubbing, let it sit for about 10 minutes before flushing. This gives the baking soda time to deodorize those interesting smells that like to linger in the toilet.

With all the versatile cleaning jobs that baking soda can handle, you may want to purchase the supersized bag from your local warehouse store. Just make sure you have the space to store it in your kitchen cabinets!

How do you use baking soda around your home? Tweet me your tips @thedomesticceo. Until next time, I’m the Domestic CEO, helping you love your home.