Baking soda – This cheap everyday household product is amazing in many ways. Whether it’s baking inside the blueberry muffins in your oven or you are using it to clean your oven, baking soda can do wonders for your kitchen. You can even brush your teeth and wash your face with it. And as you probably already knew, it can also clean and deodorize numerous household items.
But did you know?
Five Quick Facts about Cleaning with Baking Soda.
- Baking soda dates all the way back to the Egyptians. They used it as a cleaning agent.
- Baking soda is natural and comes from trona and nahcolite minerals. They are mined from the ground and then go through a purification process to become sodium bicarbonate (salt) aka baking soda. Most baking soda comes from the United States due to Wyoming having the largest trona deposit in the world.
- According to Baking Soda — The Everyday Miracle, the reason baking soda cleans so well is that it is a mild alkali and can cause dirt and grease to dissolve easily in water. It is also mildly abrasive and can lift dirt for easy removal as a gentle scouring powder.
- Baking soda does not mask the odor, it neutralizes it. Baking soda is a weak base and reacts with acid (some meats or cheese, wine spills, cat urine) to neutralize it. So place it in your refrigerator (leaving it out in a bowl works best), sprinkle it on your carpets before you vacuum, and in the litter box when you change the litter.
- As I mentioned in the introduction, baking soda doesn’t just clean household items, it cleans household occupants.
See the video below to see how I used baking soda to remove a stain from the carpet.
Bonus Fact: December 30th of each year is National Bicarbonate Day or Baking Soda Day. Don’t worry we have never celebrated it either.
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