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What can I use instead of bicarbonate of soda? The top 5 natural cleaners to use at home


Bicarbonate of soda isn’t just used to make cakes rise, it’s great for deodorising, cleaning, and lifting stubborn stains and grease. This rough white powder can unblock sinks, clean your mattress and sort out burnt pans… but what do you do when you’ve run out of your favourite natural cleaning product? Here’s five natural cleaning products you can use instead of bicarbonate of soda.

Bicarbonate of soda, formally known as sodium bicarbonate, is actually a salt.

Bicarbonate of soda has a pH that is higher than neutral, so it is slightly basic rather than acidic.

The salt’s basic nature means that it can react with acids in the air to neutralize them, taking away any nasty odours

Bicarbonate of soda is such a great cleaner because it is slightly abrasive, helping to scrub and dislodge particles and stains from surfaces.

Baking soda and vinegar react to create a fizzy mixture that can unblock sinks and cut through grease.

If you don’t want to buy chemical cleaners from the shops in order to be more eco-friendly or save money, baking soda is your best bet.

However, there are a number of other natural products that you can use instead of baking soda if you don’t have any at home.

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What can I use instead of bicarbonate of soda?

White vinegar

As mentioned, white vinegar and baking soda are an iconic cleaning duo… but white vinegar can stand alone.

You can use this acid to kill most bacteria when used at full strength, but when diluted you can use it to get rid of stains, dirt, odours, mould, mildew and grease.

White vinegar can be used for most tasks, from killing weeds to polishing windows.

The most popular hack uses white vinegar to clean a washing machine, find out how here. 

If the smell puts you off, try purchasing scented vinegar or add essential oils to your bottle.

Castile soap

Castile soap has been used as a hack to make your eyebrows fluffy, to rinse fruit, to clean your body, to wash your hair and a number of other surprising hacks for years.

Now it’s time to use castile soap for cleaning, but make sure you use a different bar for cleaning and for your beauty hacks – you wouldn’t want to use it as a shaving cream or foot scrub and then clean your kitchen!

Opt for a liquid castile soap instead and mix it with some water and use it as a multipurpose cleaner.

You can add some into your laundry to make clothes softer, clean your dishes, shine old pans, or even pre-treat stains before putting clothing into the washing machine.

Some experts recommend using castile soap to clean your toilet, oven and even your makeup brushes… you can use this nifty liquid for pretty much anything!

Olive oil

Olive oil is surprisingly versatile and can be used to clean your home.

You can use it to loosen up stains and grease before treating them with a cleaner, or to polish furniture and pans.

Leather furniture will benefit from a polish with olive oil and you may find that it repairs scratches and restores colour.

Wood will also look brand new after rubbing some oil over your wooden furniture and cabinets.



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