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Baking soda – also known as bicarbonate of soda – is known for the fluffy rise it can give to cakes, bread and cookies. But baking soda can also help shift hard to remove grime, get rid of limescale and freshen smelly fabrics with ease.
Our homes are where many of us are spending the majority of our time, with lockdown rules still in force.
This may have led to many of us revamping, buying new furniture or moving home in recent months.
However, one sure-fire way to bring some life back to your home is to give it a thorough clean.
There are several areas around our home we may be neglecting when it comes to cleaning, so Express.co.uk has rounded up a few easy cleaning methods below.
Baking soda for cleaning – 6 areas you can tackle with baking soda, washing up liquid and vinegar
In the bedroom
While we all know to regularly wash our bedsheets, often it’s easy to forget the mattress itself, which often gets neglected.
Jonathan Warren, director at bed specialist, Time4Sleep, advises: “Regardless of the quality of your bedsheets and mattress protector, it’s really important that you also pay attention to the mattress to avoid unhygienic sleeping conditions and poor air quality.
“Remove your bed linen and vacuum the surface of your mattress to get rid of any dirt or debris.
“For a real deep clean, sprinkle baking soda over your mattress and leave it for up to 24 hours before vacuuming again.
“This will act as a deodoriser and will help to get rid of any long-lasting smells”.
Baking soda for cleaning: Often it’s easy to forget the mattress itself when cleaning
Limescale can be unsightly, discolouring your bath, shower, sink or toilet.
While many of us may opt for descaling products found on supermarket shelves, these products contain harsh chemicals which can have a harmful effect on our skin and the planet.
So instead, you can have a quick hunt through your cupboards for a natural alternative.
Richard Roberts, Director at Sanctuary Bathrooms, shared some his top tips for a greener clean for limescale.
He said: “Start by soaking an old cloth in lemon juice or vinegar and leave it wrapped around limescale covered taps for an hour.
“The limescale should then simply wipe away leaving your taps looking brand new. Rub chrome taps with flour and buff using a soft cloth for extra shine.
“Similarly, for showerheads, simply unscrew and leave it to soak in a bowl of white vinegar overnight. Rinse the following morning for sparkling results.
“With it no longer being clogged up, your shower will feel all that more powerful too!”
Dust off your blinds
While we often dust surfaces around our homes, window blinds can be a neglected area which can see a lot of dust build up over time.
Jason Peterkin, director at 247 Blinds recommends: “Ideally, you should clean your blinds once a month to get rid of any germs and dust that are lingering on the surface.
“If you have roller blinds or Roman blinds, just give them a soft dusting and gentle vacuum once a month.
“Venetian or plantation shutters can have a more thorough clean.
“Wipe down each slat using a damp cloth and some washing up liquid, then finish up with a quick dusting to make them look as good as new!”
Baking soda for cleaning: You should keep on top of your blinds when it comes to dust
Wash your windows
Windows should be cleaned on both sides a few times a year, and as we leave the rain and snow behind, now is the best time to get them sparkling.
Adam Pawson, Head of Digital at Safestyle says: “Start by opening up the window and take an old paint brush to loosen any dirt, dust and cobwebs that might be stuck in the frame.
“Then use the hose of your vacuum cleaner to get rid of any debris.
“For uPVC window frames, marks and stains should come off with ease.
“Fill up a bowl with some warm water and washing-up liquid and use a soft white cloth to wipe down.
“Avoid using a coloured cloth as the dye can stain plastic.”
To clean the windows themselves, you can create a mixture with white vinegar and water, add to a spray bottle and spritz over your windows.
Rub with a microfibre cloth and your windows will be sparkling in no time.
Baking soda for cleaning: Windows should be cleaned on both sides a few times a year
Refresh your radiators
Radiators can be seen as a bit of a nuisance when it comes to cleaning.
Antonio Dengra, CEO at Rointe, reveals his simple solution: “Believe it or not, a simple and efficient way to get the dust out of the back of the radiator is to use a hairdryer.
“Point the nozzle towards the slots on top and turn it on at full power.”
“If you currently endure the painful task of bleeding your gas radiators during your spring clean, consider making the switch to electric heating instead.
“Not only are electric radiators easier to maintain, but they’re also more efficient, better for the environment, and can cut the cost of your energy bills.”
Spruce up your patio furniture
With the evenings getting longer and the sun starting to make an appearance, it’s the perfect time to give your garden a bit of a refresh, and what better place to start than with your outdoor furniture?
Ryan Schwarze, head of Luxury Rattan, suggests: “Start by removing any dirt build-up on your furniture. You can do this by simply brushing over, or giving it a quick vacuum.
“If you find there is dirt trapped in the weave of the rattan, grab a toothbrush to loosen it first. You should then be able to wipe or vacuum it away with ease”.
“If your rattan could do with more of a thorough cleaning, give it a good wash but make sure to avoid using any harsh chemicals that could cause damage.
“For best results, fill a bowl with warm soapy water using washing-up liquid and wipe down your furniture before leaving it to dry outside”.