The baking soda chronicles (part three)

We meet again, my friends.

Here we are, three days later, still conversing about baking soda.

I could honestly compose 20 separate posts detailing baking soda and the creative and ingenious ways it can be used for a vast array of purposes, but I don’t want to bore anyone. I feel as though the brain can only remain attentive to the subject of baking soda for so long without it spontaneously combusting and turning into baking soda itself.

I’m not here to turn anyone into a science experiment, but I do ask for your patience regarding baking soda for just a while longer.

Again, this information comes from

“9. Carpet stain remover

A combination of baking soda and vinegar can remove the most stubborn carpet stains.

Mixing baking soda and vinegar creates a compound called carbonic acid, which is a common ingredient in cleaning products. This reaction creates a lot of fizzing, which may help break down tough stains (15).

Here’s how you can eliminate carpet stains with just baking soda and vinegar:

  1. Cover the carpet stain with a thin layer of baking soda.
  2. Fill an empty spray bottle with a 1-to-1 mixture of vinegar and water and spray it over the stained area.
  3. Wait up to 1 hour or until the surface dries.
  4. Scrub the baking soda loose with a brush and vacuum the residue.
  5. The stain should now be completely removed. If there’s some baking soda residue left on the carpet, wipe it up with a damp towel.

10. Multipurpose bathroom cleaner

Like kitchens, bathrooms can be difficult to clean. They have a variety of surfaces that you use frequently and thus need to clean often.

While numerous commercial bathroom cleaners exist, many people prefer more natural, cost-effective cleaning options. Baking soda comes in handy because it whitens and disinfects many bathroom surfaces, though it’s less effective than commercial cleaners (14).

Here are a few surfaces you can clean with baking soda:

  • bathroom tiles
  • toilets
  • showers
  • bathtubs
  • bathroom sinks

Make a paste using baking soda and a bit of water. Using a sponge or a cloth, rub the mixture thoroughly onto the surface you wish to clean, then wipe down the surface 15–20 minutes later with a damp cloth.

11. Pesticide remover for fruit and veggies

Many people are concerned about pesticide residue on foods. Pesticides are used to protect crops from insects, germs, rodents, and weeds, but many have harmful effects on human health.

Peeling fruit is the best way to remove pesticides. However, it also means you don’t get the important nutrients, such as fiber, vitamins, and minerals, found in the skins of many fruits.

Interestingly, recent research indicates that a baking soda wash is the most effective way to remove pesticides from fruits and veggies without peeling them.

One study found that soaking apples in a solution of baking soda and water for 12–15 minutes removed nearly all of the pesticide residue (16Trusted Source).

Keep in mind that this method doesn’t remove pesticides that have penetrated the fruit’s or veggie’s skin. Plus, more research is needed to see whether this works for other types of produce.

12. Silverware polisher

Baking soda is a handy alternative to commercial silver polishers. You’ll just need a few extra ingredients:

  • an aluminum baking pan or a baking dish lined with aluminum foil
  • 1 cup (240 mL) of boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon (14 grams) of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) of white vinegar

Add the baking soda to the aluminum baking pan and slowly pour in the vinegar. Next, pour in the boiling water, then place the silver in the baking pan.

The tarnish should begin to disappear almost immediately. You can remove most silverware from the pan within 30 seconds, but heavily tarnished silverware may need to sit in the mixture for up to 1 minute.

In this mixture, silver undergoes a chemical reaction with the aluminum pan and baking soda. It transfers the tarnish from the silverware onto the aluminum pan and may create pale, yellow residue at the bottom of the pan (17),” the website says.

See you back here tomorrow!

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