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Top 22 Home Problems That Plain Baking Soda Can Solve


Source: Delfi Decor

Regular baking soda not only makes baking lush, but also helps maintain the house clean, fresh, and simply indispensable in the fight against unpleasant odors. We share tips on the effective use of soda for solving various problems.

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1. Spots on plastic food containers

Food leftovers can fairly color plastic food containers, writes Delfi Decor with reference to Good Housekeeping. To freshen them, wipe them with a clean sponge sprinkled with baking soda, or spray Xnumx tablespoons of soda per liter of water on the stains. If this does not help, then it's time to think about buying new containers, this time from glass or with silicone protection.

2. Unpleasant smell in the refrigerator

No need to worry that the entire refrigerator smells with the remains of fish casserole. Soda perfectly absorbs all unpleasant odors, and they are not absorbed into other products.

3. Dirty fruits and vegetables

Add soda to the water you wash the fruits and vegetables with, and you will get rid of the harmful wax coating and bacteria.

4. Dirty kitchen surfaces

Almost any stain in the kitchen can be removed with regular soda. Dissolve the soda with water and wash the work surfaces, stainless steel sinks, microwaves, hoods and cooking utensils with this solution.

5. Very greasy dishes and pans

Baked food particles are displayed once or twice if you add soda to the detergent. Soak the dishes in hot water, sprinkle soda on the rough side of the sponge and rub the old stains a little - the result will pleasantly surprise you.

6. Unpleasant smelling sponges for washing

If you need to get rid of the stale smell of the kitchen sponge, you can soak them in soda solution - this will refresh them. But remember that the sponge should be changed every 1-2 week, depending on the frequency of use.

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7. Musty upholstery smell

You can get rid of the musty upholstery of upholstered furniture like this: sprinkle soda on the surface, let 15 lie for 10 minutes, and then vacuum it thoroughly. The same method is suitable for refreshing the mattress between cleanings.

8. The unpleasant smell of pet stools

The same method can be applied to remove the unpleasant smell from the soft beds of your four-fingered pets - sprinkle them with soda, wait 15 minutes and vacuum them.

9. Splattered toys

Refresh children's toys by wiping them with a sponge dipped in a solution of water and soda - this will wash away a whole layer of dirt applied by the hands of children.

10. Chalking Walls

If the child showed his artistic abilities with a freshly painted wall with a chalk, then rub the pictures with a damp sponge sprinkled with soda.

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11. Mold in the bathroom

Carefully rub your bath, tile, sink and shower curtain with a damp sponge dusted with soda. Then rinse, wipe dry and admire the shine.

12. Dusty soft toys

These “dust collectors” are easiest to clean if you put them in a bag with a cup of baking soda. Close the bag, take the bag in your hands and shake it well - soda pulls out dust and dirt. After that, remove the toys from the bag and carefully and vacuum.

13. Dingy linen

Colored and white linen will regain its brightness if you add a cup of soda to the washing machine. In combination with washing powder, soda helps even out the acid balance and make the laundry cleaner.

14. Clogged plum

To clean a clogged drain, pour half a cup of soda into it, and then half a cup of vinegar. Cover the drain with a damp cloth to restrain the “special effects”, wait 5 minutes, and then rinse the drain with hot water.

15. The smell of sweat in sneakers

After training, put the soda in your sneakers and in your gym bag - it will absorb all the unpleasant odors. Empty the soda and vacuum it before the next workout.

16. Unpleasant smell from the trash

Put some soda on the bottom of the trash bin before putting in the garbage bag.

17. Spilled oil in the garage

An ugly oil stain formed on the concrete floor? Do not worry - pour baking soda on it and rub it with a brush. If the stain does not disappear, it will certainly become more invisible at times.

18. Dirty grill

After the summer season, kebabs grill should be thoroughly cleaned before cleaning it up to warm days. Sprinkle the soda over the grill and then brush it with the grill as usual.

19. Dirty garden furniture

Before pulling out the outdoor garden furniture on the patio, wipe it with soda water. And before removing it for the winter, put a little soda under the soft pillows so that they retain their freshness.

20. Unpleasant smell linen closet

As in the case of a refrigerator, an open pack of soda placed in a linen closet successfully absorbs all unpleasant odors.

21. Cup marks

If someone forgot to use a stand for glasses or mugs and left a round trace of water on furniture, use the following method: take one piece of white toothpaste (not gel) and one part of baking soda. Moisten a clean cloth with water, apply the composition to the mark and rub it thoroughly. Then wipe dry and polish with a soft cloth as usual.

22. Tarnished decorations

When your silver no longer shines, soda comes to the rescue: make a paste from one part of water and three parts of soda. Apply the paste on the decoration with a soft cloth (not a paper towel that can scratch the silver), rub and rinse with clean water.

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