Baking soda and vinegar are more than just cooking ingredients. They should always be in the home because they serve so many purposes. You don’t have to resort to bleach or other toxic cleaners—baking soda and vinegar can be used together or separately to clean so many things inside and out of the home. Below are some basic reasons baking soda and vinegar should always be in your home.
Vinegar as a Stain Remover
Vinegar can be used to remove stains from carpets and rugs. You will need to rub light carpet stains with ½ cup of white vinegar that has 2 tablespoons of salt mixed in. Let this solution dry on the carpet, and then vacuum the area.
For stains that are darker or larger, add in 2 tablespoons of borax into the mixture and use it in the same way. For a mild stain remover, simply mix equal parts of white vinegar and water, let sit for a few minutes, and then blot it with a towel to lift the stain.
Baking Soda to Keep things Fresh
Sprinkle baking soda on carpets and rugs, allow it to sit anywhere between 15 minutes to overnight, and then vacuum it up. Freshen up hairbrushes and combs by soaking them in 1 teaspoon of baking soda and warm water. Rinse, and then allow them to dry. Sprinkle baking soda on patio furniture before storing it to keep it fresh.
Clean a Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
First, you will sprinkle baking soda on the surface, scrub it, and then rinse it. You will need a soft-bristled toothbrush to use the same paste to clean the caulk line and rim; rinse. Soak paper towels in white vinegar and line the sink, leaving them there for 20 minutes and then wipe clean and rinse.
For use in the garbage disposal, pour ½ cup of baking soda down the disposal, and follow with a cup of white vinegar. Run the disposal and rinse. To clean the faucet, use paper towels soaked in vinegar along with soapy water.
Baking Soda in the Laundry Detergent
When added to laundry detergent, baking soda will make colored clothes brighter, and white clothes whiter. The baking soda will soften the water, allowing you to use less detergent. Simply add ½ cup of baking soda into top-loading washing machines or ¼ cup for front-loading machines.
Baking Soda for the Body
Adding ½ cup of baking soda to a bath will serve as an at-home spa treatment for a tired body. Mixing baking soda with a little bit of water will provide relief from sunburn, bug bites, and poison ivy. To combat dandruff, put your shampoo on the side-lines for a few weeks and massage a handful of baking soda into your wet scalp.
Vinegar as a General Cleaner
When mopping wood, linoleum, and tile (not stone) floors, add one cup of vinegar to your bucket of warm water. Equal parts of vinegar and water can be used in a spray bottle to clean windows, mirrors, walls, appliances, and countertops that are not marble or granite. Used full strength, vinegar can kill mildew that is found in showers or on outside patio furniture.
To remove mold from walls, spray straight vinegar on the walls, and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. A cup of vinegar placed at the bottom of the dishwasher before it is run will help glasses to be shiny and clear. Rinse, and let dry.
You can get rid of many harmful chemicals in the home when you choose to clean with baking soda and vinegar—but it should be noted that because one is a base and one is an acid, they neutralize when actually mixed together, essentially forming water. To be effective, they should be used independently or one after the other.