We buy and use different household items for a purpose and we continue doing it throughout our life without knowing their other uses. These domestic items can serve a variety of purposes other than those were brought for, for sure. The same goes for the two most common and ordinary items used in our laundry and kitchen on daily bases. These are bleaching powder and baking soda, the first one from our laundries, and the later from the kitchens.
In this article, we aren’t going to discuss what other magics these both items can perform but we’ll let you know how these two household items could keep our home clean and mildew and mold-free. Why did I need to write these few lines for you? Because I was on the verge of losing my sanity while dealing with floor cleaning chores and every time, I had to purchase expensive and really toxic harsh chemicals and put lots of effort to tackle tough stains and molds buildup.
It’s right that there are various chemicals easily available at home improvement stores and online but they are very expensive and I had to dedicate a huge budget for them. The second most important issue was their harmful effects we had to face and I can’t allow anything harming my children and myself. So, it was very necessary to keep all those toxic chemicals out of my home.
Let’s have a deeper insight and make us know what really bleach and baking soda are and what miracles can they perform to improve our home environment.
In our daily routines, our clothing gets messy and blotted. Whether you’re cooking something and the oil splashed out making a huge fleck on your shirt, a spoon of spicy chicken spaghetti made its way directly to your lap, or a fragment of grease ruined your brand new shirt, bleach is the only substance which takes those stubborn stains out of your clothes.
The bleach comes in two forms, dilute solution and powder. Both are used for disinfection and stain removal purposes. Mostly household water-based bleaches contain chlorine and sodium hypochlorite and these agents are great at killing germs and removing stains and molds without producing harmful fumes.
The bleaching powder consists of calcium hypochlorite, a powerful oxidizing agent, widely used both domestically and industrially for sanitation purposes. It’s however, recommended to use sodium hypochlorite bleach because chlorine exhales toxic fumes.
- How it Works?
Over time, your bathroom floor, bathtub, grouts, commodes, kitchen sink, countertop, and other home floors start changing their color becoming off-white to yellowish. This is all due to soap scum, intruded dust, mud, and molds.
You can sanitize and deep-clean all these areas by using bleach. Mix a half cup of bleach into one gallon of water and pour it on the affected surface and let it stay for a few minutes or use a hand towel rinsed with the bleach solution and rub the surface with it. if the stains are tough, use a scrubbing brush and scour it until the stain disappears. Wash the area with clean warm water and you’ll see a clean sparkling area. Don’t forget using safety equipment during the cleaning session.
- Beware of some hazards:
Sometimes, people combine different cleaning agents to bring better and quick results. If you’re thinking the same about bleach, you’re endangering your health because of its chemical actions.
If the bleach is mixed up with any type of vinegar, sodium hypochlorite in combination with the vinegar forms chlorine gas. The chlorine gas could result in eye-burning, coughing, breath shortening, and nausea feeling. In combination with the ammonia and rubbing alcohol, bleach produces chloramine and chloroform respectively, both of them are very toxic gases which could put almost the same effects as chlorine gas does.
From a light breakfast to a brunch picking and evening cocktail snacks, there are endless healthy nibbles, we and our children tuck in every day. We wolf down stacks of savory pancakes, fresh pies, a good deal of loaves of bread, cakes, cookies, and other puff munchies in our daily titbits. We’ll definitely need iron teeth to take a bite from any of these fun tuckers if these aren’t leavened with a substance called baking soda. This kitchen item is widely used in almost every recipe.
It’s wonderful to know that baking soda could be used for a variety of other purposes other than cooking? Yes, this useful substance has a bunch of uses but we aren’t going to discuss them right now except its role in home cleaning. Before discussing its cleaning powers, let’s know what exactly this essence is.
- What is Baking Soda?
Sodium bicarbonate, a scientific staple commonly referred to as baking soda is an alkaline chemical compound with a higher Ph level in comparison with the other acids. When this white solid is amalgamated with some other acid with a lower Ph level or even exposed to a higher temperature, a chemical action starts taking place and results in exhaling carbon dioxide. This chemical action creates a lift or leavening property making stiff and tacky things fluffy and supple.
- How Baking Soda Could Be Used in Erasing Tough Stains?
With the leavening property of baking soda, we could create a similar airy texture in persistent stains on our floors and make it a powerful cleaning agent to lift the deep-seated grime, stains, and remediate molds and deodorize the ill-smelling atmosphere.
Soak the dirty and stained surface with hot water and splash a pinch of baking soda over it. Allow it to stay for a while to do its magic. After 10 to 15 minutes, rub the surface with a scrubbing brush and you’d be astonished how easily those persistent stains have left their place. Once you’re sure you’ve unstuck the grime, wash the area with clean warm water, and here’s everything clean sparkling.
The Combination of Bleach and Baking Soda:
Baking soda works more powerfully when combined with the other cleaning agents such as hydrogen peroxide, dishwashing soap, rubbing alcohol, vinegar, or just warm water. On the other hand, bleach, as discussed above, could create noxious gases if combined with the other ingredients but good to know that it won’t do anything when mixed with the baking soda.
Both the bleach and baking soda become strong allies in killing and eradicating tough stains, slackening aged and set-in dirt and molds along with leaving the surface completely odor-free.
Baking soda in combination with the bleach could be used in two ways. Either you mix baking soda in warm water, form a paste, and apply on the affected surface then spray diluted bleach over it or mix both of them in a pot to create the same paste and rub it on the surface. In both cases, the mixture will do its miracle and you’ll see a clean shinning surface without breaking your bones.
- Don’t Forget Taking Safety Precautions:
Although there’s no hazard in pairing baking soda with the bleach, even then the bleach itself could be corrosive on your body. It’s better to wear gloves, glasses, and a mask as well as open your windows and run exhaust to let the fresh air in and toxic fumes out.
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Home cleaning is tedious and pretty boring but no one can live amidst of spooky mess. If we give a good hour or two from our spare time just once a week to our home cleaning task, we’ll have to put lesser energies in fighting with the muck around us. If we could do it with the help of our inhouse ordinary items such as the bleach and baking soda, why on earth we spend our hard-earned money on expensive cleaners. I’m using these cleaning gems, many others too, then why not you?