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Written by Cassity Kmetzch of Remodelaholic
Your kitchen is the heart of the home, so it’s important that it’s always clean—but that’s easier said than done. The kitchen can be one of the hardest rooms to keep clean because there are so many different types of surfaces that need to be maintained. Whether you need to remove stains from your oven’s interior glass or keep your granite countertops sparkling, you can use one natural product to wipe down nearly all of your kitchen surfaces: baking soda!
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It’s easy to keep the outside of your oven’s glass clean, but the inside is a different story. Food gets baked on the inside of the oven glass, making it difficult to remove. To clean the glass and remove the gunk inside your oven, mix ½ cup of
baking soda with water in a bowl and stir to create a thick paste. Spread the paste evenly over the oven glass and let sit until dry (make sure the oven is not on when cleaning it). Use a rag and water to wipe away the paste until clean. A scraper can be helpful for some of those more difficult areas of buildup.
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Baking soda can naturally clean and deodorize granite and other stone while removing stains and spots. To clean these stones, create a solution by adding 4 tablespoons of baking soda to each quart of water, and pour into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on countertops, then wipe away with a clean cloth. Since food will touch the counters, it is important to use an all-natural cleaner.
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Baking soda is just as effective at removing marks and stains on laminate countertops or floors as it is on stone. Sprinkle baking soda directly onto laminate and use a wet rag or mop to wash marks and stains away while using a safe and natural cleaner.
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Cleaning Non-Stick Cookware
To eliminate the heavy burden of scrubbing pots and pans, use baking soda for scratchless cleaning. It penetrates and helps lift off baked-on, dried-on foods. To clean non-stick cookware, shake on a generous amount of baking soda, then add dish detergent and hot water. Allow the baking soda to sit for 15 minutes, then wash as usual.
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To clean ceramic tile floors, mix 1/2 cup baking soda with warm water in a bucket. Using a mop, spread the mixture on the tile, and then rinse and mop clean. This same solution also works on a ceramic backsplash. Spread the mixture on the tile with a rag, then wipe away with a clean rag. Rinse with clean water as needed.
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Cleaning Stainless Steel
When cleaning stainless steel, use baking soda for scratchless cleaning. Sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth and wipe down surfaces, including sinks, countertops, the exterior of the ventilation hood, the front and top of the refrigerator, appliance exteriors, and the inside of the oven, microwave, and toaster oven. Baking soda is a natural, food-safe, and scratchless surface cleaner that cleans stainless steel safely and effectively.