Baking soda isn’t just for baking, it’s also a great cleaning product. Here we show you how to clean carpets with baking soda. It’s great for rugs too!
Cleaning The Carpet With Baking Soda
It may come as a surprise that baking soda (known as bicarbonate of soda in the UK) has so many more uses than a simple leavening agent in baking. However, many tout this wonder product for many different things. Combine baking soda with vinegar for a multitude of uses, brush your teeth with baking soda to whiten them, clean the and deodorize the dishwasher and of course, you can simply forget the cleaning and bake cookies with it.
If you have carpet throughout the house or even rugs, baking soda can be a vital cleaning product to keep them smelling fresh, looking clean and remove any stains.
How Does Baking Soda Clean?
So, how does it work? Baking soda is a mild alkaline that helps to dissolve and lift dirt and grease. It also has a gentle abrasive quality which cleans an area without causing any damage to the surface.
Did you know you can even neutralize bee stings with it? It’s thanks to its alkaline properties. Mix it with water to make a paste, cover the affected area and leave it for 15 minutes and it’ll help to reduce the pain and swelling of a bee sting.
Is Baking Soda A Deodorizer?
Yes, baking soda is often used to as a deodorizer since it absorbs bad smells. This is often due to it’s alkalinity, it reacts with and neutralizes bad odours, which are often acidic in nature.
You can use baking soda on the carpet as a deodorizer by sprinkling the carpet liberally with it, leave it to sit for at least 20 minutes and then vacuum it away.
Make Your Own Eco Friendly Carpet Cleaner
If you have some unsightly stains on the carpet, using baking soda as part of an eco friendly cleaner will work wonders. It’s pet friendly and child safe too, so you don’t have to worry about exposing the family to any nasty chemicals.
Quite often, baking soda on it’s own can deal with lots of stains. That’s thanks to it’s absorbent properties. Simply blotting away the excess liquid from a new stain, covering the area with a generous coating of baking soda and leaving it to sit for at least a few hours, before vacuuming it away, will usually do the trick. This method is best for any grease-based stains such as oil, butter or creams.
For stains that need that little extra effort, try making your own carpet cleaner.
This cleaner comes in two parts, the alkaline baking soda and an acidic liquid component. The vinegar spray will react with the baking soda, creating carbon dioxide. The mixture will then bubble up, which helps to lift the stain right out of the carpet with ease.
You will need:
How to Remove A Stain From The Carpet With the 2 Part Cleaner
We always recommend to test out any homemade cleaning products on an inconspicuous piece of carpet before using to ensure no staining or damage will occur.
- If the stain or spill is new, immediately blot the area with a clean cloth or paper towel. Be sure not to rub the area as you will only spread the stain or impregnate it into the carpet more by doing so.
- Cover the stain with a generous layer of baking soda.
- Fill a spray bottle with 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water, 1 teaspoon of dish soap and a few drops of essential oil if you wish to use it.
- Spray the area with a generous amount of the spray, allow it to bubble up and then blot the stain away. You may need to do this a few times to remove the stain completely.
- Once the stain is removed and the area is dry, vacuum away any excess baking soda that is left.
A teaspoon of baking soda is the equivalent to approximately 6 grams.
Baking soda in the UK is called Bicarbonate of Soda.
No, while both are leavening agents in baking, baking soda needs an acidic component as well as a liquid to activate in a recipe. baking powder only needs a liquid since it already contains an acidic component. One cannot be interchanged with the other.