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Baking soda and vinegar are natural, non-toxic products that are excellent for cleaning. When the two products are combined, they result in a powerful cleaning agent that can eliminate the toughest dirt, stain, and grime. Baking soda acts as the deodorizer, while vinegar packs the cleaning power with its high acidity and ability to disinfect and kill germs.

The true beauty lies in the gentle nature of these cleaners, setting them apart from harsh substances like bleach and other commercial cleaning products. Despite their mildness, they possess comparable, if not superior, cleaning abilities, making them one of the best organic choices when cleaning.

Let’s explore how you can clean with baking soda and vinegar around the home. 

Shower Head

The showerhead can become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and organic matter if left unattended. While the surface of the showerhead may appear clean at first glance, it gradually accumulates dirt, minerals, and bacteria over time, potentially compromising hygiene and the overall quality of our showering experience. 

In cases where the showerhead lacks sufficient force or gets clogged, using a combination of vinegar and baking soda can make a significant difference in its performance. Soak the showerhead in vinegar and scrub any remaining buildup using baking soda.

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Dishwasher

Make the ultimate cleaning solution when cleaning your dishwasher, vinegar, and baking soda. While it may seem counterintuitive to care for an appliance dedicated to cleaning and sanitizing your dishes, regular maintenance is necessary for maintaining its performance and ensuring consistently clean dishes. 

While the primary purpose of a dishwasher is to clean your dishes and utensils, there are instances when this appliance could benefit from a good, old-fashioned cleaning. This is especially true if the dishes come out dirty and your drinking glasses appear cloudy or, worst, an unpleasant odor begins to linger.

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Clear out the Drain 

Baking soda and vinegar can help clean and deodorize a sink or bathtub drain. It can also help to remove those pesky drain flies that tend to appear during warmer months. 

Pour some baking soda down the drain and follow up with vinegar. You will start to see a bubbling effect. Allow it to work its magic, then complete the process by flushing it down with hot water. 

Using baking soda and vinegar can eliminate the need for products containing chemicals that could ultimately damage the drain pipes. 

Refresh a Smelly Garbage Disposal

Like the drain, the combination of vinegar and baking soda is perfect for cleaning and removing nasty smells from your garbage disposal. The pair will loosen any stuck-on food and debris in the garbage disposal and help it to dissolve better – thanks to its bubbling effect. 

Coffee stains from a cup

If you are a coffee lover or love a good cup of coffee at home, your coffee mugs may have some lingering stains. The tannins that give coffee its flavor can leave behind a coffee ring stain that can be unsightly to look at.

Both products can be used by themselves, producing the same effect. 

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Add Shine to Luxury Vinyl Plank Floors

Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) Flooring is the go-to flooring for many new homeowners because of its affordability, style, and ease of maintenance. This type of flooring often mimics traditional hardwood’s look while offering vinyl’s practicality. 

When it comes to cleaning LVP floors, baking soda, and vinegar are the optimal solutions. Combine warm water with a cup of vinegar in a bucket and gently wipe away with a mop. A paste-like mixture of Baking Soda is required to remove those stubborn, stuck-on stains.

Washing Machine

Your washing machine does a lot of work to help keep your household clean – from cleaning clothes, linens, and towels. Now and again, it needs a special cleaning of its own. And while it may sound counterintuitive to clean your washing machine, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. 

Not only is vinegar and baking soda exceptional at cleaning a washing machine, but combined, the dynamic duo can get rid of mold and mildew in the washing machine. 

Dirty Grout

Whether you have white or black grout in the bathroom or kitchen, baking soda, and vinegar are the perfect combination to clean your grout. Grout can be a challenge to clean in general, but these cleaning agents make the process much easier. 

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Shower Doors

Vinegar possesses the remarkable ability to tackle complex water stains, while baking soda adds the necessary abrasiveness. Combined with these two powerhouse ingredients, they create a powerful solution that effectively eliminates soap scum and other stubborn hard water stains. 

With this method, you must saturate a sponge in vinegar, then layer on baking soda. Scrub the shower door until the dirt and soap scum vanishes. 

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Coffee Maker

If you frequently use the coffee maker in your household, then the rule of thumb is to clean it at least once a month. The cleaning process requires flushing out the coffee machine using vinegar.

You then use baking soda to create a little scrub to clean the inside of the coffee pot. The baking soda will scour the coffee pot buildup removing existing coffee stains. 

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Microwave

The microwave stands as a workhorse in the kitchen that regularly serves our heating and reheating needs. It is likely the one place that often needs to be addressed when it comes to cleaning. Given its frequent use, it’s no surprise that this appliance can unintentionally become a haven for food splatters, spills, and lingering odors.

That’s where vinegar and baking soda comes in. The most effective way to clean the microwave is by placing a cup of vinegar and heating it up. The steamed vinegar will break down the gunk in your microwave, allowing you to wipe it down quickly.

For the hard-to-clean areas, take some baking soda and a damp cloth to wipe them down to finalize the cleaning. 

Brings Towels Back to Life

Did you know baking soda and vinegar can be a laundry detergent? If you have towels that are stained, you can quickly bring them back to life with baking soda and vinegar.

The baking soda will soften the water and keep your whites looking whiter. The vinegar will cut through the stains. 

Refrigerator

The refrigerator is a common household appliance that needs a thorough cleaning every once in a while. Add vinegar to a spray bottle and spray the refrigerator surfaces after removing everything from the fridge. Wipe it down with a damp cloth.

Use baking soda to help remove such stains for rigid and stuck-on dirt. 

Mold and Mildew in the Shower

Baking soda and vinegar can independently clean mold and mildew that might be present in the shower. Just add vinegar to a spray bottle and spray the impacted area. Allow it time to soak in before removing it.

With the baking soda, you will create a baking soda paste with baking soda and water. Make it just thick enough to cling to the mold. 

Clean Thrifted Shoes 

If you enjoy the art of thrifting, you likely have drifted into a pair of shoes. If so, figuring out how to clean it can be pretty daunting. That’s where baking soda and vinegar come in.

You can use vinegar to wipe down the shoes and sprinkle baking soda inside the shoes to soak up and absorb any lingering odors. 

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Oven 

These two ingredients are the best natural way to clean an oven. This eliminates the need for harsh products like Easy Off. While it may require more elbow grease than most commercial products, it is effective. 

The process requires making a paste of baking soda with water and then spreading the paste over the oven’s interior, specifically targeting the areas with dark and burnt spots and grime. Then let it sit for 24 hours. You will wipe it with a damp cloth once it soaks and breaks down the dirt.

Once you finish wiping it down, you finalize the cleaning by spraying the inside of the oven with vinegar and then wiping it down again. You will be amazed at the results.

Coffee Stains in Carpet 

It is common for coffee stains to accidentally get into many areas of your home, including the carpet. If you have this unsightly brown mark on your carpet, it can easily be cleaned up with vinegar or baking soda. Both have the power to eliminate the presence of coffee on the carpet, and even work to clean your couch or other upholstered furniture.

Pots and Pan

Cleaning your pots and pans has always been challenging – especially with baking soda and vinegar. This combination, including a burnt pot or stained pan, is excellent for heavy-duty cleaning.

You can add some baking soda and vinegar to the stained pot and set it to boil. This will help to remove the stain from the pot. If you have a burnt pot, you can use baking soda to remove the burnt areas on the pot since the baking soda has a mild scrubbing power.

This article originally appeared on Hello Sensible.

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Tamara White is the creator and founder of The Thrifty Apartment, a home decor and DIY blog that focuses on affordable and budget-friendly home decorating ideas and projects. Tamara documents her home improvement journey, love of thrifting, tips for space optimization, and creating beautiful spaces.

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