Top 5 uses for baking soda as a green all-purpose cleaner

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Baking soda is non-toxic, environmentally-friendly, cheap and makes an effective all-purpose cleaner around the house.

1. Keep kitchen smells at bay

Keep a box of baking soda in the fridge, freezer or in kitchen cabinets to neutralize bad smells and stop bad odours from forming.

2. Baking soda paste

To remove stubborn stains from most surfaces, use a baking soda paste (3 parts baking soda, one part water). Apply, let stand, then scrub or wipe clean.

This also works for burned-on food at the bottom of pans, at the bottom of your oven or on the barbecue grill – leave the paste overnight and you will find it much easier to wipe away the mess.

3. As a dry shampoo

To quickly clean pets and remove “wet dog” odor, sprinkle with baking soda and brush out their fur.

You can also use baking soda as a dry shampoo on days when you don’t have time to wash your own hair!

4. Remove smells from carpets and rugs

Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet, leave for 15 minutes then vacuum away.

Spilled food on your favourite rug or expensive carpet? Blot the spill away as much as possible, then spread with a baking soda paste (three parts powder, one part water). Leave to dry and vacuum – the stain should be removed and there will be no bad smell. Tough stains may need several applications.

5. Freshen your laundry

Replace half of each measure of laundry detergent with baking soda to keep clothing fresh.

To remove grease stains from clothes, either add baking soda to the wash load or pretreat the stains with a baking soda paste (three parts soda, one part water).