Cleaning Hints: scrub fruits and veggies with baking soda to eliminate odors and spots
It is commonly known that baking soda, also called sodium bicarbonate, is used in the baking process. There are numerous other applications for this alkaline material.
The School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at Nanyang Technological University's Associate Professor Roderick Bates explains that "As a weak alkali or base, it can be effective in neutralizing acidic things, such as removing certain pesticides and the odor of smelly feet, but a wash with plain water would do just as well in many cases."
It is non-toxic, he says, making it suitable for the majority of applications. He believes that baking soda may have some antibacterial characteristics, but he is doubtful of claims that it may prevent or heal cancer.
Remember not to confuse it with baking powder, which is likewise used as a leavening in baking and should not be confused with baking powder. Baking powder, in contrast to baking soda, which contains baking soda and other chemicals, is not recommended for cleaning applications.
REMOVAL OF UNPLEASANT ODOR
What: Baking soda can be used to remove unpleasant odors from clothing, particularly the smell associated with excessive perspiration, in refrigerators, and to pull smells out of homes such as after pest control treatments.
The procedure is as follows:
Make a paste with two tablespoons baking soda and a little water.
Apply the paste directly to the damaged regions of the garment, such as the neckline or armpits.
Wait approximately ten minutes before rinsing off the substance.
Tip: Alternatively, if the odor is powerful, put a cup of baking soda in a basin of water, soak the clothing overnight, and then wash them the following day.
REMOVE THE STAIN
What: Baking soda can be used to remove stains from clothing caused by food and beverages.
Mix two to three parts baking soda to one part water to form a paste. Apply the paste to the affected regions with a circular motion to ensure complete coverage.
After 30 minutes, either rinse and scrape the stain out of the clothing or put it in the washing machine to remove the stains.
Tip: Using the paste for an hour or two will help to remove stubborn or older stains. Before applying the paste, check to see if the garment is "color-fast"; otherwise, the color may bleed through.
ADD COLOR TO YOUR HOUSE FIXTURES
What: Baking soda, when coupled with white vinegar, can be used as a non-toxic cleaner to remove difficult stains from the toilet bowl's interior.
Using baking soda, scrub the edges of the toilet bowl with about two cups of white vinegar, then flush the toilet.
Wait for 10 to 30 minutes before continuing with the process.
Use a toilet brush to scrub the inside of the bowl. Flush.
Tip: Avail of the same technique for cleaning your faucets (as shown in the photo), sink drains, and floor traps.
CLEAN VEGETABLES AND FRUIT
Baking soda can be safely used to clean fruits and vegetables before they are cooked. The removal of certain pesticides is claimed to be effective with this method.
Fill a large bowl halfway with water, then add the fruit and veggies. A teaspoon or two of baking soda should be added in (pictured).
Soak for approximately 30 minutes.
Before eating or cooking, carefully rinse and pat dry the fruits and vegetables.
Tip: If you plan to eat fruits and vegetables with their skins on, this way of cleaning will be highly beneficial for you.
GET RID OF TEETH STAINS
Specifically, it will remove coffee, curry, and other food stains from your teeth.
To form a paste, mix one part water and one part baking soda.
Apply a small quantity of baking soda & water paste on the brush, roughly the same amount you would use for toothpaste.
Spare a few minutes to brush your teeth. Mouthwash is recommended.
Tip: Add a few drops of lemon juice to the paste for a "whitening." This is not something you should do! In the opinion of Parkway Dental Practice dental surgeon Sufrie Mohamad Ishak, lemon juice is highly acidic, and brushing teeth with a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda would damage the outer layer of the tooth enamel over time, resulting in increased sensitivity.
He also warned against using baking soda as a substitute for conventional toothpaste because toothpaste contains fluoride, which helps protect teeth against decay.