The Ultimate Green Cleaning Hack: Clean Everything in Your Home with These 4 Simple Ingredients

Shannon Quinn - February 13, 2023
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Shoe Refresher

Do your shoes stink? Shoe refreshers made with baking soda are a great way to keep your shoes smelling fresh and clean. Fill a small container or a reusable fabric bag with 1 cup of baking soda. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the baking soda. Some good options include lavender, lemon, or peppermint. Stir the mixture until the essential oil is evenly distributed throughout the baking soda. Place the container or fabric bag of baking soda and essential oil inside your shoes. You can also place a small amount of the mixture in each shoe. The baking soda will absorb any unpleasant odors, and the essential oil will leave your shoes smelling fresh and clean. It’s best to replace the shoe refresher every 3-4 months.

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Copper Pan Cleaner

Copper pans are beautiful, expensive, and sophisticated. But the only problem is that most people don’t know how to properly clean them. Did you know you can clean them with salt? Mix 1 tablespoon of salt with enough white vinegar to form a thick paste. Apply the paste to the copper pan and use a soft cloth or sponge to scrub the surface. Rinse the pan with warm water to remove the salt and vinegar. Dry the pan thoroughly with a clean cloth. The abrasiveness of the salt combined with the cleaning power of the vinegar makes a great cleaning solution for removing tarnish and restoring the shine of copper pans. Repeat this process as needed to maintain the shine of your copper pans. Note that this method may not be suitable for all types of copper pans, so always check the manufacturer’s recommendations before cleaning.

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Drain Cleaner

Here’s how to make a drain cleaner using baking soda, lemon, and vinegar. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain. Squeeze the juice of one lemon into the drain. Pour 1 cup of white vinegar. Cover the drain with a plug or stopper and let the mixture sit for 10-15 minutes. Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain to flush away the mixture. This simple, natural drain cleaner uses the cleaning power of baking soda, lemon, and vinegar to clear clogs and freshen up drains. The baking soda and lemon work together to break down grease and other buildup, while the vinegar acts as a natural disinfectant. Repeat this process as needed to keep your drains running smoothly.

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Non-Stick Cookware

A lot of people buy non-stick cookware. Based on the name, they assume that it should be easy to clean…But it’s not always. Here’s how to clean non-stick cookware with baking soda. Fill the cookware with warm water and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Let the mixture soak for 10-15 minutes. Scrub the surface of the cookware with a soft sponge or cloth. Avoid using abrasive sponges or steel wool as they can scratch the non-stick surface. Rinse the cookware thoroughly with warm water and dry with a clean cloth. Baking soda is a gentle yet effective cleaning agent that can help remove buildup from non-stick cookware. For stubborn stains, you can increase the amount of baking soda and let the mixture soak for a longer period of time. Just be sure to rinse the cookware thoroughly to remove all the baking soda before using it again.

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Glass or Ceramic Baking Dishes

If you cook a lot, you probably own a ceramic or glass baking dish for casseroles. But these typically have to be cleaned by hand, and they’re a real pain in the neck. Here’s how to clean baking dishes with baking soda and salt. Fill the baking dish with warm water and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of salt. Let the mixture soak for 10-15 minutes. Scrub the surface of the baking dish with a soft sponge or cloth to remove food residue, stains, and other buildup. For stubborn stains, you can sprinkle some additional salt on the surface and scrub it with a damp cloth. Rinse the baking dish thoroughly with warm water and dry with a clean cloth. Just be sure to rinse the dishes thoroughly to remove all the baking soda and salt before using them again.

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Car Battery Cleaner

If your car battery is covered in acid, here’s how you can clean a battery with baking soda. Mix a solution of equal parts baking soda and water in a bowl. The solution should have a consistency similar to that of toothpaste. Dip a soft cloth into the solution and use it to clean the battery terminals. Make sure to scrub thoroughly, paying extra attention to any corrosion that may have built up on the terminals. After cleaning the terminals, rinse the cloth and use it to wipe down the rest of the battery to remove any residue from the baking soda solution. Dry the battery thoroughly with a clean cloth. Note that this method is suitable for cleaning car batteries and other lead-acid batteries. For other types of batteries, such as alkaline or lithium-ion batteries. Additionally, be sure to wear gloves and eye protection when cleaning a battery.