Using bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) to spring clean your home

bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) - use it to safely clean your homeYesterday I talked about using vinegar to add eco sparkle and shine to your home!
Today, I’m going to move onto another of my favourite environmentally friendly household cleaners – bicarbonate of soda (baking soda to our brother and sisters across the pond).

Bicarbonate of soda, is a versatile, all purpose, non toxic cleaner. Yes, I’m talking about the stuff you buy in little pots to do baking with in the kitchen.

I’m going to share one of my best cleaning secrets ever now – the burnt saucepan!

I’m forever getting sidetracked rather than standing over the hob when cooking, and frequently come down to black smoke billowing from the kitchen.

If you burn a saucepan, instead of wasting your time scrubbing with toxic cleaners, simply sprinkle a thick layer of bicarbonate of soda over the bottom of the pan, leave it overnight and in the morning you’ll be able to scrape that burn clean away.

Likewise the oven. Oven cleaners are just about one of the most toxic and dangerous chemicals you can have in the home. Baking soda is an effective and safe degreaser.a clean kitchen courtesy of baking soda

To clean your oven, sprinkle on a thick layer of baking soda, spritz with water and repeat a few times. Leave overnight and in the morning, just scrape that grime away. It has to be seen to be believed, but it really does work.

I’m not going to embarrass myself by telling you how long it was since I cleaned my oven, but a few years grease accumulation will come off easily – I’m talking from experience 😉

In addition, bicarbonate of soda is a natural deodoriser. Conventional air fresheners contain an alarming array of toxins – some of which are designed to coat the inside of your nose so that you can no longer smell – say what??

Bicarbonate of soda eliminates smells, rather than just covering them up, so keep a small pot of it, opened in your fridge or next to the cooker. Sprinkle on the carpet before vacuuming to eliminate pet odours or just have small bowls of it dotted around your home as an air freshener. Sprinkle it wherever you want to keep smells at bay; in the bottom of the bin, laundry basket or dog bed for example.

Back to the kitchen, bicarbonate of soda will work wonders on your sink and hob. Just apply with a damp sponge and scrub away. Use in tea or coffee stained tea cups to get rid of the brown rims.

sprinkle baking soda onto soft furnishings before vacuuming to eliminate odoursIn the bathroom, you can use baking soda instead of cream bath and sink cleaners. And if you run out of toothpaste, put a small amount on your toothbrush and use to clean your teeth! A drop of peppermint essential oil makes it more palatable.

Bicarbonate of soda can leave a white, powdery residue, but just rinse well with hot water or finish with your vinegar spray (you do have one, don’t you? Read my “Using vinegar for a natural spring clean” article to find out more) to get rid of any remaining powder.

To read more about this amazing product, click on the books to buy!

Bicarbonate of soda A Very Versatile Natural Substance  by Margaret Briggs

Bicarbonate of Soda: A Very Versatile Natural Substance

Baking Soda: Over 500 Fabulous, Fun, and Frugal Uses You've Probably Never Thought of by Vicki Lansky

Baking Soda: Over 500 Fabulous, Fun, and Frugal Uses You’ve Probably Never Thought of

Baking Soda Bonanza by Peter Ciullo

Baking Soda Bonanza


  1. Muppet on March 12, 2008 at 1:52 am

    Fabulous article, thank you!

  2. Mrs Green on March 23, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    You’re welcome. I love using this product; it has to be one of my favourites as it is so versatile and completely safe. It *almost* (but not quite) makes cleaning a pleasure LOL!

    Mrs G x

  3. lea nixon on April 29, 2008 at 3:39 am

    found this site to really interesting, also save alot of money.

  4. Mrs Green on April 29, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Hi Lea,

    It’s good to see you – thank you for taking the time to comment. It’s always a real privilege to see people taking a moment from their day to connect 🙂

    I’m glad you’re finding the site interesting and even more pleased that it’s helping you save some money….

    Mrs G x

  5. d@\/e on October 1, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Great site/article. Even better than the old books with handy household hints my Granny would’ve used years ago.

  6. Mrs Green on October 1, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Thanking you, Monsieur Dave; it’s a great product – simple to use, versatile, economical and safe. What more can you ask for.
    We try to complicate things too much, in all walks of life, to our detriment………
    How are smudge and loppy getting along?

  7. d@\/e on October 2, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    We’ve at present four kittens, two cats and Loppy the rabbit. At leats two of the kittens one of which might be Smudge will probably be re homed soon.Loppy loves anything and everything that breathes and moves 🙂

  8. Lizliterarius on June 22, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Baking soda mixed with water will also take years of dirt out of grout lines! See for yourself with before and after pictures at:

  9. Jennifer on January 31, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I can’t wait to try baking soda on my oven! I’ve tried a variety of other cleaners to get the baked-on drips and stains off with no luck, but I haven’t wanted to use a conventional oven cleaner. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  10. Mrs Green on February 1, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    @Lizliterarius: thanks for the blog post and well done on your cleaning!
    @Jennifer: I hope it goes well for you; do let me know if it works out!

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