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Baking Soda: The King of Cleaning

Clean Floors and Deodorize Carpets

To make an effective cleanser for no-wax and tile floors, and scuff marks mix a half cup of baking soda in warm water in a bucket of warm. Put some baking soda on a damp sponge and gently rub until the scuff is gone.

To remove odor from carpets and rugs, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the carpet and let it sit overnight. Vacuum until all baking soda is removed. 


Everyone knows that an open box of baking soda in the fridge can eliminate odors. But you can also use baking soda to get rid of foul odors in garbage cans, garbage disposals, dishwashers, and litter boxes. Simply sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the container or appliance, let sit for several hours or overnight, then rinse or wipe clean with a damp sponge.

Bathroom Tubs, Tiles, and Sinks

Simply sprinkle baking soda onto a clean, damp sponge and wipe down surfaces, then rinse with cool water. For heavier bathroom cleaning jobs, make a paste of baking soda, salt, and liquid dish soap. Spread evenly on the surface, then wipe clean and rinse.

Drains and Septic Systems

Pour it down the drain while running warm water from the tap. Pouring about a half cup of baking soda down the drain on a regular basis will neutralize acidity and odors. One cup of baking soda per week will keep septic systems flowing freely by maintaining a favorable pH in the septic tank.


Add one-half cup of baking soda to your liquid laundry detergent to get clothes fresher, cleaner, and brighter. For extremely smelly gym clothes, use another half cup of baking soda in the rinse cycle.

Insect Bites and Itchy Skin

To ease the itching, rub baking soda onto damp skin after a shower. For bee stings and poison ivy, make a paste out of baking soda and water, then apply to bite. The soda paste will help loosen the stinger for bee stings and is a salve to treat poison ivy rash.

Extinguish Fires

To extinguish small cooking fires, turn off the electricity or gas to the stove, stand back, and throw handfuls of baking soda at the base of the flame to put out the fire. You should immediately call the fire department…just to be on the safe side.

These are good tips for any household. And they can be used for commercial cleaning too.

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