What's not to like about baking soda? It's cheap. It's available in every regular supermarket and in bulk at club stores. It's biodegradable and unscented. Baking soda is an effective substitute for scrubbing cleansing powders. It's also useful for weird things you'd never think of unless you were a chemist, like cleaning silver. Please enjoy these twenty ways to clean with baking soda, and have a green day!
Homemade toilet bowl cleaner: If you like your toilet to be non-toxic AND disinfected, then give the old throne a wash like this. Sprinkle baking soda into the toilet. Then add a half cup of vinegar. Next, add a few drops of tea tree oil. Let sit for ten minutes. Then swish and scrub with the toilet brush. Flush.
DIY drain cleaner: Pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of vinegar. The bubbling action will clean the drain. Follow with boiling water to wash it all away. This works better as a preventative measure to keep drain clean, and will not clear a major clog (call a plumber if you have a major clog).
Natural shower door cleaner: Scrub a glass shower door with a wet sponge and baking soda.
Homemade laundry detergent: Baking soda is an integral part of homemade laundry detergent. Washing soda, baking soda, Borax, and soap flakes are the only ingredients in this cheap and effective homemade laundry detergent recipe.
Remove skunk smell from clothing: Thank you to Los Angeles exterminator A-1 Watkins for this tip. If you get sprayed by a skunk, he says that this will take the odor out of your clothes: "Combine 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide with 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of liquid soap." Let's hope your clothes are white, because the hydrogen peroxide will bleach them but good.
Homemade goo remover: I like goo, but sometimes it does need to be removed. A mixture of baking soda and corn oil make homemade sticker goo remover.
DIY scrubbing cleanser: If you want an alternative to store-bought scrubbing cleansers, whip up a batch of DIY scrubbing cleanser with only three ingredients: baking soda, dish soap, and vinegar.