I thought I was the last person on earth to discover the wonder powers of baking soda, until I actually talked to friends and family and shared my discoveries. Turns out I’m not the least domesticated person around. I’m so in love with baking soda lately, I’m actually reserving a book from the library about it. I’m a nerd like that. Once I get the book, I’ll share some more cool tips with you, but in the meantime, I’ll start with what I’ve used baking soda for in the last few months-
1. Give new life to kitchen cabinets. As part of our home selling house improvements, we planned to paint the cabinets. Until I cleaned them with a baking soda paste as part of the prep work that is. I was so impressed by how much it cleaned and brightened the cabinets that we ended up just updating the cabinet hardware and calling it a day. I will tell you to wipe well with clean water or you’ll find white dust streaks the next day. Another wipe with a clean sponge will handle it though.
2. Degrease and descum surfaces. I used a baking soda paste to clean the tile backsplash and refrigerator. Baking soda has amazing abrasive properties, yet is gentle on surfaces due to its ability to dissolve in water. After trying all kinds of degreasers products to clean greasy grime from surfaces around my stove, I’ve learned baking soda is where it’s at.
3. Get grout to gleam Ok, for this one you’ll need vinegar too, but it’s pretty impressive. Either make a baking soda paste and smear into grout on the walls, or sprinkle it directly onto floor grout. Next pour some vinegar over the baking soda, let bubble for a few minutes and then rinse with clean water. It did wonders to perk up the white grout in our kitchen and bathroom.
4. Remove permanent marker from wood furniture I bought an inexpensive end table from a thrift shop for staging the house and ended up deciding to keep it. Only problem? Hot pink permanent marker streaks across the top of the table. I covered it with a runner while showing the house but wanted a permanent fix. After trying commercial cleaners and getting no where, I finally decided to give baking soda a whirl. Again, make a paste, rub it in, and rinse with clean water. Pink marker is GONE. I think I did a happy dance when I made this discovery.
5. Brush your teeth when your husband hides the toothpaste One morning before leaving for work (and before I woke up), my husband put a new childproof contraption on the bathroom cabinet. Hooray for child safety- boo for getting to the toothpaste. I spent several minutes attempting to open the stupid cabinet before finally cursing my husband’s name and giving up. Then I remembered I could actually use my magical baking soda to brush my teeth. It’s a little on the salty side, but it does make your teeth feel funk-free and clean afterwards. (You can also use baking soda in place of deodorant, but I think that’s an experiment to try on a day you’re not leaving the house. Just in case. Let me know how it works out for you.)
Hope these tips help a bit. I’ll share more ideas later for this miracle cleaner that’s so versatile and so cheap!
Do you have any tips or uses for baking soda you love?
Be back here tomorrow,