Baking soda is that magical white crystalline powder formally known as sodium bicarbonate that leavens your cakes, muffins, and cookies.
It is mostly used in the bakery but that does not mean we cannot use it for other things, such as cleaning. Yes! You read it correctly, baking Soda can be used to clean different items and places inside and outside your house.
The hardest and the most important thing to clean in a house is the mattress. It collects dust, sweat, dirt, dead skin cells, unpleasant odors, and you cannot clean it with water because it will take forever to dry, and it will ruin it. That is why we can find a lot of different dry-cleaning products for mattresses in the supermarket, but they are either too expensive or they do not clean properly.
If you are trying to find the perfect product to clean your mattress with, this article is going to be very beneficial to you.
1. For your mattress
Baking soda is known to have many antibacterial properties, that is why it is used in a lot of homemade cleaning products, and it is a great product to clean your mattress with.
The first step to cleaning your mattress with baking soda is to vacuum it. Clean it very well, every inch and corner with a vacuum to remove all the dirt and dust that could be on your mattress, then after the cleaning process is done, grab a sifter and pour a package of baking soda inside of it, and distribute it evenly on your mattress and try not to miss any part of your mattress.
Then when you are done pouring baking soda on your mattress, you can add 10 to 15 drops of your desired essential oils, but this step is optional.
Then leave the baking soda on your mattress for as long as you can, preferably a whole day, you can sleep on your sofa that day it is not that big of a deal, for the sake of your mattress.
Then once a whole day passes, grab your vacuum cleaner and carefully remove all the baking soda from your mattress and that is it, your mattress will be clean and smelling good, no more dust nor dirt nor bad odors, and no more expensive dry cleaning products that are going to break your wallet and do nothing to your mattress.
2. For your carpet and soft furniture
We are not done yet, baking soda is not only good for cleaning your mattress, but it is also a great and efficient product to remove any stains or dirt that could be on your sofa or carpet.
To make this magical product, you need to grab a container and the bigger the better, you will know why soon, mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of washing powder, you can skip the washing powder part because it is optional, but if you have it, it will be a plus because it will make the mixture more efficient.
Then boil a cup of water, once it reaches the boiling point, remove it from the heat and let it cool down to a warm temperature, then add it the warm cup of water to the mixture of baking soda and washing powder, or only baking soda if you do not have washing powder.
Once you mix everything, add 4 to 5 tablespoons of 9% vinegar to the mixture. The mixture will start forming actively, therefore you need a big container. Because if you use a small container, the mixture may overflow from it. Once you finish mixing everything up, grab a water sprayer and pour everything inside of it and close the water sprayer, now your product is ready to be used, but how to use it?
The first step is the same as cleaning your mattress, you need to grab a vacuum cleaner and clean your carpet or your soft furniture, depending on what you want to use the product on. Once it is cleaned thoroughly, you are going to spray the solution you have made on your desired furniture, leave it there for 5 to 10 seconds and then get a sponge and remove the liquid off of your furniture.
If the furniture is stained and the stains are not coming off, you can rub those areas using the sponge, rubbing the furniture is not necessary, only if there are some tough spots that will not come off the easy way.
Keep repeating this method until your furniture is as clean as you want it to be. One last advice, if you want to use this product to clean your furniture, make sure the solution does not soak the fabric, your furniture should stay dry the whole time.
3. For other fabrics
Another benefit of baking soda is that it can be used to clean every type of fabric, except the natural type. If you have a shirt that has a stain that will not come off, or a dress or any type of clothing, use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to remove the stain.
Just make the same amount of baking soda and vinegar together, then add water to dilute the solution. Soak the piece of clothing in the solution and leave it there for 10 to 15 minutes, and then wash it like you usually do and your piece of clothing will be as clean as new.
Now you know what to do with baking soda other than leavening your cakes, you can use it to clean your mattress with just a packet of baking soda and a sifter. You can also use it to clean your carpet and soft furniture, with a mixture of baking soda, washing powder, vinegar and water. And you can also use it clean any type of fabric, except natural with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar.
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