Did you know there’s so many applications for cleaning with Bi-carb soda? Seems this simple white powder is the secret superman in your pantry just waiting to be unleashed.
Not just for helping cakes and breads rise to a perfect, crumbly height, bi-carbonate of soda can be used ALL OVER the home (even in the car!).
Who knew that little box of white powder was such an awesome powerhouse cleaner?! From the everyday cleaning chores to those jobs requiring a little more elbow grease, Bi-Carb Soda (aka Bicarbonate of soda or baking soda) moonlights as a magical cleaning fairy.
A few dollars for multi-use Bi-Carb sure beats forking out for several different (often very smelly) cleaning products!
Here’s 13 ways you can try cleaning with Bi-carb soda around your home. Read on and you’ll never look at good ol’ Bi-carb the same way again!
1. Use Bi-carb soda as a carpet deodoriser
Awesome for ridding carpet of not-so-great cooking and pet smells, simply sprinkle a handful of Bi-Carb over your carpets, leave for five minutes and vacuum straight up. Fresh as a daisy!
2. Try Bi-carb soda on you vinyl and tile floors
A whiz on cleaning bathroom tiles, mix half a bucket of warm water with half a cup of Bi-Carb, mop and rinse floor with warm water for a clean and sparkly finish.
3. Love Bi-carb soda as a non toxic oven cleaner
Oven glass looking a little blergh with baked on bits? An excellent alternative to harsh chemical oven cleaners, Bi-Carb when used as a paste is quite an efficient oven cleaner. Scrub, rinse well and wipe over with a clean cloth.
4. Cleaning with Bi-carb soda? Don’t forget Fido!
If your pet’s bed is the kind that can’t be flung in the washing machine, give it a good showering with Bi-Carb, let sit for half an hour and vacuum off – presto, a whiff free pet bed! Your pet will thank you for their less smelly digs!
5. Save stinky shoes by using Bi-carb as a shoe deodoriser
Yes! Sprinkle Bi-Carb in the kids shoes, less stinky shoes and socks!
6. Even the household wheelie bin can be improved with Bi-carb
We all know how gross the wheelie bin can get. Give it a weekly refresh with a showering of Bi-Carb to help keep the odours at bay.
7. Cleaning with Bi-carb soda? Think of microwave splatters
Perhaps my most favourite non-cooking use of them all. In a microwave-safe jug, combine one cup of water and two tablespoons of Bi-Carb. Cook on high setting for three minutes and let sit for five to 10 minutes after the timer has stopped. Wipe out with a damp cloth to reveal a sparkling clean microwave.
8. Pongy vehicle? Cleaning with Bi-carb soda will solve it!
Wet dog? Forgotten footy bag? Spilled milk drink? These are ALL things that can make your car smell unpleasant. Sprinkle Bi-Carb over the car seats and carpets, leave for 15 minutes and vacuum up. Fresh as a daisy!
9. Clean residue marks on vases and mugs with Bi-carb
Soak your stained vases and cups in a water and Bi-Carb solution for half an hour. Rinse with cold water and wipe clean. For stubborn marks, make a paste of Bi-Carb and water and gently rub over the marks. Rinse clean.
10. Bi-carb your way to super shiny chrome taps and spouts
For those tap fittings that are constantly water marked or splattered with toothpaste, give them a wipe over with a Bi-Carb and water solution and rinse clean. So shiny!
11. Keep the fridge smelling fresh with Bi-Carb
Keep a small, open bowl of B-Carb in the back of your fridge to absorb all those fridge smells (salami! onions! Blue cheese!). Replace monthly.
12. Clear a smelly drain, Bi-Carb to the rescue
If your kitchen, laundry or bathroom sink drain is smelling a little nasty from food or product build up, you can help the situation with a Bi-Carb. Pour a kettle full of boiling water down the offending drain, followed by half a cup of Bi-Carb. Let that sit for five minutes. Pour a cup of white vinegar combined with a cup of very hot water over the Bi-Carb. Cover the drain and let the solution sit for 10 minutes. Flush with another kettle full of boiling water.
13. Bi-carb the brilliant bathtub cleaner
Sprinkle Bi-Carb straight on to a damp sponge and scrub the tub free of water level marks, bath crayon drawings and bath oil product residue. Rinse with clean water and wipe dry. Easy!
Cleaning with Bi-carb soda could just be our new obsession!
baby Bi-carb in the corner! With so many ways this humble pantry staple can be used it’s time to dig it from the back of the shelf and enjoy its full and fabulous potential!
Great for the environment, non toxic to use and excellent for the household budget, what other uses do you have for bicarbonate of soda in your home? In the mood for next level cleaning – read on for even more with tips for a clutter-free life or our favourite cleaning hacks!
Oh and if the kids are getting in the way of your dream-clean home, maybe consider a Fucket Bucket.