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Cleaning Tips with Vinegar and Baking Soda

Cleaning with vinegar and baking soda is a great way to eliminate cleaning with harsh chemicals. These natural products can get rid of grime and serve as a disinfectant. When they're put together, they create an excellent cleaning product.



What is Baking Soda?


It is sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) and is safe enough to use in baking. It makes cakes and pieces of bread puffier. It is the total opposite of vinegar. While it's as powerful a cleaner as vinegar, it dissolves organic matter. It's harmless and a great option to clean in areas where your food is. Vinegar and baking soda are opposite on the pH scale, yet together, they are a great way to do many different types of cleaning.

Cleaning with Vinegar and Baking Soda


Baking soda dissolves organic things like grease and dirt. Each baking soda particle also can be a gentle abrasive, cleaning effectively without leaving any scratches on even sensitive surfaces. Vinegar is an acid, so it breaks down minerals that have formed from hard tap water. This includes stains in your sink, bathtub, and counters. When you combine the two, you'll see some amazing results. You want to keep the combination of the two in equal parts so that it's 50% acidic and 50% neutral. When you mix the two, the acid will break down the baking soda, which causes a release of carbon dioxide gas. This helps to left stains and dirt on surfaces. You can use the mixture on all surfaces, including metal, plastic, fabric, and carpets.



Let's take a look at all the ways you can use vinegar and baking soda:


Kitchen


The kitchen is a high-traffic area with many food particles and dirt. A lot can build up in the kitchen, including grease, which can leave a sticky mess. One of the easiest ways to do this is by cleaning with vinegar and baking soda. Baking soda is a mild alkaline that will clean and deodorize. If you have stubborn food spots, it acts as a gentle abrasive. If you're cooking with onions, you'd be amazed how baking soda can eliminate the scent. Vinegar is an acid that deodorizes and gets rid of mould, stains, and rust. Together, the two create a chemical reaction that serves all your cleaning purposes in the kitchen.


How to Use Baking Soda and Vinegar in the Kitchen


We'll show you how cleaning with vinegar and baking soda can be effective. There are so many ways you can use it, including:

Dishwasher and Coffee Maker


Firstly, you can clean your dishwasher and your coffee maker by running a cycle of water and baking soda. You can regularly run vinegar through your coffee maker and dishwasher, which will keep them free of any residue, which is especially important if you have hard water. Vinegar is great at removing calcium deposits.

Cookware


The baked-on residue is hard to get off, but baking soda helps to dissolve the grime, making it easier to remove. You sprinkle baking soda onto the surface, let it soak for around 15 minutes, and clean it off with dish detergent.


Kitchen Sink


You can also tackle your sink when you're cleaning your cookware in the sink. Create a paste of vinegar and salt to remove the lime buildup. This will leave your sink clean and sparkling. You can also pour a mixture of vinegar and baking soda down the garbage disposal, eliminating any odours and bacteria.


Silverware


You can remove the tarnish from any silverware using 1 part water and three parts baking soda. Just rub it onto the silver, and the tarnish is removed quickly.


Teacups


You use equal vinegar and baking soda to create a scrub that removes any stains from porcelain cups. With the gentle scrubbing of baking soda, it's easy to get rid of stains without damaging even the most delicate cups.

Bathroom


You can use vinegar and baking soda on any bathroom surface. Not only does it cut through soap scum and mildew, but it also leaves everything sparkling clean and odourless.

Mix 1 2/3 cups baking soda

1/2 cup liquid soap

  • Put in a bowl with 1/2 cup water.

  • Add two tablespoons of white vinegar

  • Stir the mixture to get rid of any lumps

  • Put the mixture in a spray bottle and shake

  • Spray on any area you want to be cleaned

  • Use a gentle sponge

  • Rinse off with water

Vinegar and Baking Soda for Old Stains


You can use vinegar and baking soda as a natural way to get stains out from carpets and furniture. However, white vinegar can't be used on natural fibre or wool as the acidity can ruin it. Be sure to check out the instructions on cleaning your carpet beforehand. Combining vinegar and baking soda can eliminate wine spills, coffee, fat, and blood stains.


Instructions

  • Sprinkle baking soda over the stained area and let sit for 30 minutes.

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar into a spray bottle with warm water.

  • Vacuum excess baking soda off after 30 minutes.

  • Spray vinegar solution on the stained area. Let's sit for one hour.

  • Blot the area with a dry cloth. Vinegar and baking soda will lift the stain, so you don't need to scrub it.

  • Vacuum the area and let it dry naturally.

You can use vinegar and baking soda separately for certain cleaning needs and use them together in the household. These products are natural and something you probably already have in your kitchen.


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