59p item to remove ‘stubborn stains’ and ‘odours’ from household items

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Baking soda, also known as bicarbonate of soda, is traditionally used as a leavening agent in baking. However, this humble white powder is an important alkaline that can take on the toughest of cleaning tasks and there are so many things households can clean with baking soda around their property. To name a few, cleaning expert Danielle Mason, otherwise known as @missmasoncleaning on Instagram, has shared her top pick of what to clean with baking soda.

After speaking about Baking soda’s uses around the home at the Ideal Home Show, Danielle has shared a few more baking soda hacks that she thinks are “the best”.

1. Tupperware 

From pasta sauces to curry, Tupperware is a kitchen essential for storing leftover dishes. However, plastic Tupperware can become easily stained and even a little bit smelly after frequent use. While tough scrubbing can work initially, for more stubborn, long-term stains, restoring your storage containers can seem impossible. According to Danielle, baking soda can “effectively remove stubborn stains”, especially those left behind after pasta dishes.

To remove the marks she instructed: “Apply it to the empty Tupperware with some warm water, leave overnight and rinse in the morning with warm water.”

Baking soda is a staple for most households, but for those who are in need of some, it can be picked up from local supermarkets such as Tesco for 59p, at Asda for 75p and at Sainsbury’s £1.05.

2. Sweat stains and smells on clothes

Washing that white t-shirt as normal to remove sweat stains from the armpit area won’t do the trick. Sweat contains urea, a compound which reacts with salts to create a yellow mark. Urea mixes with deodorant which will make the stain even worse, unfortunately.

To combat this, Danielle recommends soaking it in a baking soda solution. She said: “Soak offending items overnight in a solution of 100g of baking soda and warm water before laundering as usual.” She claimed that removing odours and stains is what baking soda is “best at”.

If the sweat odour is persistent or has been left on the clothing for a long time, try applying a paste of baking soda and water directly to the affected areas and let it sit before soaking the clothing.

3. Vomit and urine stains 

The cleaning pro claimed that baking soda is effective for removing vomit and urine stains are both “acidic”, whereas bicarbonate of soda is an alkali. When baking soda interacts with the stain it neutralises it.

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When using this kitchen staple on vomit or urine stains on clothing, Danielle advised: “The first thing you need to do is thoroughly rinse any stains with cold water as soon as possible after the event to avoid lasting damage to the fabric. Then sprinkle the area with baking soda, leave for half an hour before washing it. This will neutralise the acid and prevent it from permanently damaging the fabric.”

4. Blood stains

When clothes get stained with blood, Danielle recommended to avoid reaching for the bleach or other stain remover with harsh chemicals. All that’s needed are some safe and effective natural cleaners like baking soda and white vinegar.

She said: “Swirl the mixture (baking soda and white vinegar in a bucket of cold water) around, then add the blood stain clothing and leave for several hours, but overnight is ideal, then laundry as usual.”

The expert explained that hot water sets blood stains, whereas cold water doesn’t, so “always use cold water”. If that doesn’t work, Danielle suggested trying baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is recommended to treat many stains as it is a safer, more environment-friendly alternative to bleach products.

5. Smelly carpets

No matter how households get their carpet to smell foul, they can get rid of the odours with baking soda, claimed the cleaning expert. Danielle instructed: “Sprinkle on the carpet the night before you vacuum and this will absorb all the smelly odours.”

Baking soda is a proven odour absorber, plus it’s cheap and all-natural. Baking soda’s particles go deep down into the carpet, past the point where it can’t even be spotted, all the way to the base to absorb and neutralise odours.

6. Tea and coffee cup stains

While tea and coffee certainly tasted delicious, the tannins that give them their flavour can also leave behind dark stains on cups. These coffee and tea stains are sometimes easy to remove, but others require a little more work, depending on the material of the mug and how long the stain has set.

For those hard to remove stains, Danielle recommended creating a baking soda paste. She said: “You can use a paste of baking soda and water to remove the tea and coffee stains. This also lifts the smell.”

Sprinkle about one teaspoon of baking soda on the stain and add a little water to make a paste. Gently scrub the stain with a damp, soft sponge. The gentle, abrasive nature of baking soda helps lift coffee or tea stains from the surface. After scrubbing, rinse the mug well to remove any remaining baking soda.

7. Chopping boards

Chopping boards are essential in kitchens, responsible for the first and last steps of many meals. As a result, they tend to latch on to many odours, especially onions and garlic. However, keeping chopping boards clean and free of stains and smells only takes minutes using baking soda, according to Danielle.

She explained: “This works especially if you’ve just chopped an onion or anything that smells. Sprinkle three tablespoons of baking soda with just enough water to moisten it and leave for 15 minutes and. Then just rinse and clean with hot soapy water.”

Danielle will be demonstrating a few more of her cleaning hacks at the Ideal Home Show on March 31.

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