Bicarbonate of Soda or Baking Soda makes for an incredible environmental and economically friendly alternative to other commercial cleaning products.
Bicarbonate of soda is a natural deodorizer and abrasive; which is great for odour absorption and scrubbing.
Together with vinegar they react to create carbon dioxide. The reaction of the two, combined with the fizzing can be found useful break up and carry away dirt.
The kitchen is a great place to start when using bicarbonate of soda. Typically stainless steel can become stained or build up of limescale (depending on area). This can be quite hard to shift without using strong chemicals or abrasives, for that reason using a natural and kinder alternative may be better for your cleaning.
There are two methods effective with cleaning your kitchen sink.
Firstly, sprinkle the bicarbonate of soda over the sink. Using a light abrasive brush or pad scrub the sink and draining board then rinse.
If the stains or scale is stronger then you could sprinkle the bicarbonate of soda, then cover with kitchen paper and then spray the vinegar over the paper. Let this sit for 20 minutes and then remove the paper, lightly scrub and rinse the sink.
Bicarbonate of soda also acts as a great cleaner in bathrooms also. It cuts through soap scum, mildew and everyday mess as well as any commercial bathroom product and costs just a fraction of the price.
Mix 2/3 cups baking soda and 1/2 cup liquid soap in a bowl. Dilute with 1/2 cup water and add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar.
Stir the mixture with a fork until any lumps dissolve. Pour the liquid into a spray bottle. Shake well before using. Squirt on the area to be cleaned. Scrub with a nylon-backed sponge. Rinse off with water. Keep covered between uses.