We all got few of those little tubs of baking soda also known as bicarbonate of soda … stashed somewhere in our cupboards, but did you know it’s useful for far more than making your cakes rise? We’ve shown you a few ways to clean with baking soda – also known as bicarbonate of soda – in the past, but here are five things you didn’t know you could get sparkling with the white stuff.
1. Tackle mould and mildew
Form a paste that is half baking soda and half water and then use it to brighten your grotty grouting. Apply it along the grout in between the tiles and let it soak in for about 10 minutes. Use a toothbrush or any kind of brusg that fit and gently scrub the grout once the dirt has loosened, and then wipe over with a damp cloth.
2. Get your fridge sparkling
If you leave a small open pot of bicarb in your fridge, it will absorb any strong food odours. It’s also a great way to clean and freshen your fridge if you wipe over the shelves and walls with a soft, damp cloth dipped in bicarb before following it up with a cloth rinsed in warm water.
3. Clean marks off your walls
Neat baking soda on a damp sponge can be effective when trying to remove marks from walls. Just remember to rub it gently and test a small area behind some furniture first.
4. Give your washing machine a clean
You can brighten your laundry whites and colours with 200g of baking soda added to your load. When working in combination with a liquid detergent it helps get clothes cleaner and brighter.
5. Stop weeds coming through
Finally, did you know you can stop weeds coming through with baking soda? Simply sprinkle it into the cracks in your paving.