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Baking Soda is Awesome for Cleaning! 10 Cleaning Uses for Baking Soda (Clean My Space)


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Baking soda is cheap, non-toxic and has zillions of cleaning uses. Cleaning Expert, Melissa Maker, shares her 10 favourite baking soda cleaning tips with you! Visit for the full post.

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I think we mention baking soda in about 50% of our videos. The stuff is incredible. It’s cheap, available in every grocery and drug store and has so many uses. It’s fascinating stuff! It’s great for three key functions from a cleaning standpoint: abrasion, deodorizing and whitening.

I could probably do a video on 10 uses for baking soda every week for the next 20 years and never once repeat myself…now do you understand how amazing this stuff really is?!

I also love it because it is safe enough to eat, in fact, it is found in many baking recipes. Therefore, I’m convinced that it is a household cleaning kit staple.

So in no particular order, here you go:

10 – remove scuff marks and crayon marks from a painted wall.

9 – battle the worst body odour with baking soda.

8 – clean and unclog a smelly sink drain.

7 – clean your tile grout. Our in-depth video on grout cleaning

6 – add abrasion to any cleaning product (especially a homemade one) – this puts other products like VIM and Comet to shame. Here’s our video on making your own cleaning products

5 – deodorize your kitty litter box.

4 – clean your non-self cleaning oven. You don’t need anything caustic!

3 – remove hair product build-up from your hair (hair clarifying treatment). Mind=blown.

2 – deodorize your carpets

1 – add to laundry to create an amazing laundry booster!

Have I convinced you to purchase an industrial drum of the stuff yet?

What are your favourite baking soda tips? Let me know if you try any of these and what your results were.

Do you have any ideas for a top 10 list? Let me know!

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How to Clean Dirty Grout with Homemade Cleaner | Ask This Old House


Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains how to clean dirty tile grout using only household supplies.

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Time: 4-5 hours

Cost: $0 and up

Skill Level: Beginner

Tools:
Stiff scrub brush []
Sponge []
(OPTIONAL) Grout knife []

Shopping List:
Dish soap []
Baking soda []
White vinegar []
Grout sealer []

Steps for Cleaning Grout with Homemade Cleaner:
1. Fill a cup with warm water.
2. Add the baking soda to the cup to give the mixture grit.
3. Add a few drops of the dish soap to the cup. Mix everything together.
4. Pour the vinegar along the edges of the grout. Don’t do too much at once or the floor will be really wet and more difficult to work on.
5. Pour the mixture on top of the vinegar along the grout lines.
6. Scrub the grout lines with the stiff scrub brush.
7. After scrubbing, let the mixture sit for about five minutes. Then, scrub it again with the brush.
8. Wipe off the excess vinegar mixture with a sponge. Allow the floor to dry. It could take about 45 minutes.
9. (OPTIONAL) If that doesn’t work, try gently scraping the top layer of the grout with a grout knife. They’re meant for removing grout, so do this carefully.
10. Apply the grout sealer along all the grout lines.
11. Allow the sealer to dry for 3-4 hours. Then apply a second coat.
12. Repeat this sealing process every year, especially for light colored grout.

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Tom’s homemade solution for cleaning grout included concentrated dish soap, baking soda, and white vinegar. These can found at most grocery and department stores.

Rather than using a toothbrush, Tom recommends using a cleaning brush [] with stronger bristles. They sell specialty grout cleaning brushes at most home centers in the Tile aisle. The one Tom used in the video is manufactured by QEP ().

If the stains are really deep in the grout, Tom recommends using a grout removal tool and lightly scraping it against the grout to remove the layer of grout that’s been stained. Do this cautiously. The grout removal tool Tom used [] in the video is also manufactured by QEP ( ).

Once the grout is clean, Tom suggests that sealing the grout once per year will prevent it from staining again. Tom used a TileLab Grout Sealer [], which is manufactured by Custom Building Products () and can be found at most home centers.

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How to Clean Grout (Easy Household Cleaning Ideas That Save Time & Money) Clean My Space


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Melissa Maker, cleaning expert, shows Lucy how to clean her grout with great whitening and brightening tricks. Tile grout can can get dirty and dull, so here we learn how to combat that! You can use this method for cleaning grout in bathrooms, kitchens, hallways etc. Works every time and the results are awesome.

Don’t mind my head being cut off for part of the video, I didn’t go to film school and am not looking to win an Oscar for best filming. Just trying to pass on good info to you!

Enjoy 😀

Lucy asked: How can I clean my stained grout?

Answer:

What you need-
1) Grimy grout
2) Spray bottle with water
3) Cleaning toothbrush
4) Cotton cloth
5) Lemon (optional)

Spray the grout line with water and apply baking soda to create a sort of paste. Let it sit for 15 minutes then re-spray the area with water. Scrub using a cleaning toothbrush until the grout looks clean and wipe away any residue using a cotton cloth. To keep your grout looking clean, visit your local home store and purchase grout sealant to help keep your grout cleaner, longer.

Did you know? Grout, like your skin, has pores. As a result, it absorbs everything. Try to avoid using dirty mop water to prevent your grout lines from discoloring.

**BONUS TIP**

For really dirty grout:
Wet the grout line with lemon, instead of water, and add the baking soda to create a paste. Lemons act as a natural brightener to help get your grout looking clean and new.

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