Cleaning the house with baking soda, vinegar, and other items from the pantry claims to have the advantage of saving money from all the household cleaners you won't need to buy and to be greener and more environmentally friendly than the toxic chemicals found in the average cleaner.
While most of the all-natural cleaning methods worked wonders, today I'll share about a dud: cleaning the toilet with baking soda.
The claim, according to blogs like Life Hackery, is that you sprinkle 1 cup of baking soda in the inside of your toilet and voila! It's shiny white, clean, and odor-free. With no scrubbing, you'll be able to wash away stains, grime, and dirt.
Such a claim just had to be put to the test!
Sprinkle 1 cup of baking soda around bowl of toilet.
To test the process, I gave this cleaning challenge a tough contender. My toilet is the eyesore and shame of our little apartment. The flaw in renting is that you inherit all the defects of neglect accumulated over years of previous owners. And so we have a toilet that is not so pretty, with mystery stains around top of the bowl and at the bottom. Our best efforts of chemical treatments and scrubbing have not lessened the grime at all.
So, my hopes were high that this simple treatment of baking soda would help.
I left the baking soda sit for an hour, I even let it sit for two hours, and I couldn't spot any little change. I even tried to scrub the baking soda in, but still didn't observe any changes.
Rating of difficulty: 1 out of 5. Simple, but too simple to actually work.
Cost: Super cheap since baking soda is already in my cupboard and can be bought at discount generic brand prices or in bulk.
Green? If baking soda is safe enough to eat in baking recipes, you would think that it is safe enough for your water systems. However, some environmentally friendly guides suggest that baking soda is not a great green alternative because it is made through a chemical process or else is used from a non-reuseable source.
Verdict: The baking soda may have "cleaned" the toilet, but it did not whiten or remove the grime or stains simply by flushing. Frankly, I didn't even notice a change in odor. It still smells like a toilet.
Sorry folks, but this seems to be one cleaning mission that still calls for the heavy hitters.
Next week will be the final segment in this series. If you have heard an old wives tale or a claim of a homemade cleaner that works, please share the homemade cleaning claim with me. I'll pick one method to test out for the mystery segment next week. See you then!
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