Cleaning with Baking Soda and Vinegar

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Did you know you do not need to apply harsh chemicals when cleaning your home or clothes? Natural substances like baking soda and white distilled vinegar effectively kill bacteria and leave your household smelling fresh and clean. If you experience headaches or are irritated by the smell of artificial scents, this cleaning strategy could help you. When using vinegar to clean, ensure you use white distilled vinegar for cleaning and not any other kind. White distilled vinegar does not contain coloring agents, so it will be safe to use and not stain surfaces. Darker-colored vinegar will stain.

Use Baking Soda and Vinegar to Clean the Kitchen

Before cleaning a kitchen sink, remove all the dishes and rinse the sink with cold water. Generously sprinkle baking soda over the sink. Use a damp sponge for softly scrubbing the baking soda on the sink’s surface. The baking soda’s mild consistency will prevent scratching. Then, pour vinegar across the sink. Fizzing foam will develop from the two ingredients mixing. If you need more vinegar, pour more on the baking soda to activate the grease-cleaning power. The drain should now be clean as well. If the drain remains dirty, add half a cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar to the drain. Afterward, let the faucet’s hot water run for five minutes. Then, let cold water pour for a few minutes. What about cleaning your dishes and dishwasher? You can add one cup of white distilled vinegar to a bowl or mug on the top shelf of the dishwasher. You might not want to add vinegar to the rinse compartment because it could disrupt this compartment in your machine. 

Washing Laundry

If you want to clean your clothes without harsh chemicals, then white distilled vinegar is a great resource. The natural substance can assist in removing rust, grass, coffee, and oil-based stains. Furthermore, vinegar can brighten your white and colored clothing. It can also eliminate odors from your sweaty clothing, act as a natural fabric softener, and rid clothing of mildew. So many benefits exist. Why would you not use vinegar when washing laundry? Elastic clothes can lose their elasticity when you wash them with vinegar. Additionally, you must NOT combine vinegar with bleach. The combination creates a highly toxic chlorine gas you should never inhale. Baking soda provides many of the same benefits as vinegar. It also cleans your washing machine while cleaning your clothes.

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About Joey Hinojosa

Joey Hinojosa graduated with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism and a master's degree in mass communications. He began working at Empower Brokerage in early 2022 and enjoys being creative in his writing, photography, videography, and other projects.

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