In place of commercial household products baking soda and vinegar are natural alternatives. Vinegar and baking soda have natural cleaning powers that competitor manufactured cleaning solutions. They are inexpensive, easy and safe to use compared to other cleaning products on the market. To clean almost all of the different surfaces in the house vinegar and baking soda can be used as cleaning solution.
Vinegar is used as a household cleaning agent because it is acidic. For many household cleaning problems vinegar has been marketed as a green solution. Vinegar is an excellent solvent for cleaning epoxy resin and hardener. Baking soda is made from soda ash and is slightly alkaline. It absorbs odors from the air and neutralizes acid-based smell in water. It is useful air freshener and a fine carpet deodorizer. In cleaning and scrubbing a paste from baking soda can be very effective. The chemical-based products are high in cost and long term use of these products effect the health and environmental pollution by their manufacture and disposal. The use of non-toxic home cleaning products helps to promote the growth of green businesses which are contributing to a sustainable economy.
Uses of baking soda and vinegar solution
Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda into 2 liters water. Store the solution and use it for removal of water deposit stains on shower stall panels, bathroom chrome fixtures, windows, bathroom mirrors, etc.
Soak a cotton rag in a pot of boiling water with 1 tablespoon salt and 1 cup white vinegar. While hot apply it to copper and let cool, then wipe clean. Sprinkle baking soda on a soft cloth, then wipe for tougher jobs.
To clean the toilet bowl, sprinkle in bicarbonate of soda, add white vinegar and scour with a brush.
If a closet smells musty, wash it thoroughly with a mixture of 1 cup ammonia, 1 cup white vinegar, and 1/4 cup baking soda in a gallon of warm water. Repeat if needed.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner:
Mix 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar. Pour it into basin and let it set for a few minutes. Scrub with brush and rinse.
Baking soda or vinegar with lemon juice in small dishes absorbs odors around the house.
Mix equal amount of water, baking soda and vinegar in a storage bottle and add ¼ cup of conditioner to wash.
Tub and Tile Cleaner:
Rub in baking soda with a damp sponge and rinse with fresh water. For tougher jobs, wipe surfaces with vinegar first and follow with baking soda as a scouring powder.
Pour 16 tablespoons of baking soda down the sink and pour about 120ml of white distilled vinegar. Let it set for a couple of minutes as the 2 chemicals will fizz. Rinse through with boiling water.
Make a paste of 2 parts bicarbonate of soda and one part vinegar to clean grout. Apply the paste to the grout with a toothbrush, leave it for 10 mins and then rinse off with warm water.
Clean chopping board regularly by spreading baking soda over the surface and spray with vinegar. Let it bubble for a while and then rinse with hot water.
In a bowl make a solution of three cups of white vinegar, one tablespoon baking soda and a few drops of soap. Now, take a green scrubby mop, dip it into this solution and scrub the walls, floor and door of the dishwasher with it.
Plastic Food boxes:
Remove odors from plastic food boxes by filling them with very hot water; add 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda, a few drops of liquid detergent and 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Leave it to stand for 15mins, or longer, then rinse clean.
To remove rusting:
Mix a paste of baking soda and vinegar and apply with a pot scourer to remove light rusting.
To clean oven:
Spray vinegar on the spills. Heat up the oven to 200 degrees F then let the oven cool down to a temperature. Scrape off any burnt spills with a spatula. Wipe it all up. Then make a paste of baking soda and water and scrub tough spills away with a stiff brush or scrub pad.
- Mix baking soda and vinegar in a plastic sandwich bag and tie it around the shower head and leave on for an hour, then run the shower head for a couple minutes with hot water and the entire gunk is gone.
- Mix 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda and 1/2 cup of water in a hair coloring bottle. Squirt it onto the roots of dry hair, massage and rinse.
- Mix 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar, 20 drops grapefruit seed and 1 tbs baking soda extract in a spray bottle and spray on the fruits and vegetables before eating. Leave for 5-10 min before rinsing thoroughly. All nasty pesticides are gone.
- As the reaction is very energetic don’t stand over the drain when vinegar is poured down the drain. The material that makes up the clog can be blown up out of the drain and into the face.
- Vinegar and baking soda by themselves are not dangerous. They are also pretty benign when mixed together. However, the reaction is very energetic, so be careful to wear eye protection and rubber gloves when clearing the drain.
- Wait at least two weeks before using vinegar and baking soda if a harsh chemical cleaner is used previously. Some cleaners can sit in the pipes for a very long time.
- Do not mix vinegar and baking soda together in a closed container. The reaction could cause the container to burst.
- Never add chlorine bleach to the mixture. Chlorine bleach and vinegar can combine to create dangerous fumes.
- Do not use for clogged or slow running toilets. The reaction can actually break the porcelain and than you have a much bigger problem.
Video of Cleaning the Inside of Dishwasher with Vinegar and Baking Soda from youtube: