Keeping the home clean is not only important for our own comfort, sense of pride and happiness, but also for hygiene reasons and to avoid attracting pests or bad odours. However it’s not only important that we clean often, but also that we go about this in the right way. Using baking soda and vinegar is a great option here because it will not only save money on expensive cleaning products, but it will also avoid using sometimes harsh chemicals around the home and provide a more eco-friendly cleaning solution.
How it Works
Cleaning with vinegar works because it is highly acidic – being a result of the fermentation process using fruits and vegetables. This means it can easily break down grease and kill off bacteria (99% of bacteria to be precise) – and it can even be used to deter insects. Baking soda meanwhile is an alkaline and is a pure form of salt. Salt too is great for killing off bacteria (which is why you rinse cuts and wounds with a saline solution), and the alkaline can also help to break up and remove things like grease.
When the two combine things get really interesting though. Here they react to form a different acid called ‘carbonic acid’ which is unstable and immediately falls apart to form carbon dioxide and water (in a bubble frothy mess). This is great for classroom experiments and making ‘volcanoes’ but it’s also great for cleaning as the acid and the reaction will break down any grime and kill off bacteria.
How to Clean With Baking Soda and Vinegar
It is possible to use either baking soda or vinegar on their own to clean, but they can really work wonders when used together. To use baking soda as a cleaning product, simply sprinkle it around your surface and then scrub with an old toothbrush and a splash of water. Alternatively if you want to use vinegar for removing grease or finger prints from windows, then fill your old spray bottles with 1 part water and 1 part vinegar and wipe.
To use both in a powerful cleaner use:
- 1⅔ cups of baking soda
- 2 teaspoons of white vinegar
- Half a cup of water
And mix it all into a bottle. You can then squirt this onto the area you want to clean and scrub with a sponge for a very effective clean. Alternatively you can simply sprinkle your baking soda onto the surface and then clean with your vinegar and water mixture.
Note: Baking soda and vinegar are also great for unclogging your drain. Simply sprinkle some baking soda down the plug and then quirt your vinegar solution down after and follow it up with some boiling water after a few minutes. You should find it bubbles up and this is enough to break up most blockages much more cheaply than using shop-bought products. Do make sure you avoid using this method as well as brands however as the mixture of chemicals can be dangerous.