Get most of your spring cleaning done with the help of one product!
I think most of us can agree that spring is the best season of the year - the temperature is perfect, flowers are blooming and we’re greeted with a fresh breeze as we open our windows. The biggest downfall of this season is that it’s time for the dreaded spring clean, am I right? Just the thought of it makes me want to go back into hibernation!
We can’t avoid it forever, but we can make it less grueling with a little life hack of mine. Open up your pantry - do you see a box of sodium bicarbonate, better known as baking soda, sitting around? Awesome, we’re going to use this to bake some cupcakes while we get someone else to take care of our cleaning.
… I’m just kidding. I know it’s called baking soda, but it’s definitely not just for baking. This magical powder has so many amazing uses when it comes to cleaning, and it’s a cheap and natural product. The best part? It can replace a heap of your store-bought products that can be filled with nasty chemicals.
Ready to make your house sparkle and shine? These baking soda hacks will help you out!
Alright, technically this isn’t cleaning your house, but it still counts as cleaning! You can make your own toothpaste with only a few ingredients. The baking soda’s role is to add an abrasiveness to the paste to help clean away anything stuck to your teeth, and also helps to naturally whiten your teeth. To make, simply mix ¼ cup softened (not liquid) coconut oil, 6 tablespoons baking soda, 40-50 drops spearmint essential oil and 1-2 drops liquid stevia and store in a sealed jar.
It is super important to keep your coffee pod machine clean, so it can continue producing the best tasting coffee. Whilst you can’t flush baking soda through your machine, you can clean the grid plate and capsule chamber (Nespresso) or spout (Caffitaly and K-Fee) with a baking soda and vinegar solution. Simply mix a cup of water, two tablespoons of baking soda and two tablespoons of vinegar and clean parts with a toothbrush.
Let’s be honest - shoes get smelly, dirty and sweaty. You can easily banish the smell with some baking soda! Just sprinkle some inside your shoes, let them sit overnight and shake it out the next day. Tip: It’s best not to do this with leather.
Whether or not you have pets, you may find that there are smells clinging to your carpet. Give your carpets a refresher by deodorizing and neutralizing odours with baking soda. Grab a box and sprinkle it liberally over your carpets, let it sit for a while (overnight is best) and then vacuum it up - see you later, smelly carpet!
We can’t avoid the fact that clothes get washed-out and dull after a few washes, but we can give it a natural boost. Adding ½ cup of baking soda to your regular amount of liquid laundry detergent will make your colours look brighter, and whites less dull.
Everyone's least favourite thing to clean, but it’s gotta be done! Most toilet cleaners are filled with toxic ingredients, and can be easily substituted for the natural cleaning power of baking soda. Sprinkle a cup of baking soda around the inside of your toilet, followed by a cup of vinegar. Do something else for 30 minutes while the mixture does its magic, then scrub the inside of the bowl and flush. Ta-da!
Safe to say that most people have spent a lot of time baking this year, so there’s a lot of gunky and grimy ovens out there. Combining baking soda and vinegar causes a chemical reaction, which will penetrate and remove dirt. To get your oven in order, mix ¼ cup of warm water and ¾ cup of baking soda, spread the gritty paste inside, leave overnight and wipe away with a wet cloth the next day. To finish it off, spray the oven with a mixture of water and vinegar to remove any leftover baking soda.
Before you get stuck into your spring cleaning, be sure to make yourself a coffee and relax for a moment - you're going to need it. If you have other clever uses for baking soda, let me know below!
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Toby Strong (aka The Podfather)
Founder & Customer Happiness Specialist