13 Fresh Cleaning Tips Using Baking Soda

Arm & Hammer Baking SodaFreshen up your home using baking soda—a simple pantry staple that can handle many cleaning needs without the harsh chemicals or heavy price tag. Here are 13 fresh, fast, and easy ways to get your home looking, feeling, and smelling fresh in no time with baking soda.

Destroy Kitchen Odors

  • Deodorize smelly drains and disposals, and keep lingering odors from resurfacing by pouring baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water.
  • Absorb lingering food odors in the dishwasher—just a sprinkle 1/2 cup of baking soda in the bottom.
  • Soak stale-smelling sponges in a strong baking soda solution to neutralize the odor (4 tablespoons baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm water).
  • Keep recyclables from smelling unpleasant by sprinkling baking soda on top as you add to the container. You can also clean the recycling container by putting some baking soda on a damp sponge and wiping clean.

Tackle the Bathroom

  • Deglub the tub. Sprinkle baking soda lightly on a clean damp sponge, scrub bathroom tubs and sinks as usual, and then rinse. This is a safe, effective, and scratch-free method of cleaning.
  • Clean and deodorize a vinyl shower curtain by sprinkling baking soda directly on a clean, damp sponge. Scrub the shower curtain, rinse clean, and hang it up to dry.
  • Get rid of dirt and grime from tile or no-wax floors by mixing 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water. Mop and rinse the floor clean.

Freshen Living and Closet Areas

  • Freshen carpets, upholstered furniture, and pet beds by sprinkling baking soda on the surface. Wait 15 minutes and then vacuum.
  • Keep the litter box fresh. Cover the bottom of the box with baking soda, and then fill as usual with litter. In between litter changes, sprinkle baking soda on top of the litter.
  • Refresh closets and keep coats and clothes smelling fresh with an open box of baking soda on the shelf. Replace every 30 days.

Safely Clean Grandkids’ Toys & Stuff

  • Freshen stuffed animals that can collect everyday odors by sprinkling with baking soda. Let sit for 15 minutes and then brush off to remove residue.
  • Soak plastic baby toys in a solution of 4 tablespoons baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm water. Wash toys off with a clean, damp sponge or cloth, rinse and dry.
  • Deodorize the diaper pail with baking soda, sprinkling some on top of dirty diapers to neutralize odors until you can empty the container.

You can find more helpful tips to keep your whole house fresh and clean on Arm & Hammer’s website.

How have you used baking soda as a cleaning product? Let us know in comments.

Tips courtesy of Arm & Hammer.