Earth Day Cleaning Swaps: ‘Green’ Changes to Save Money – Baking Soda and Vinegar

Stock up on white vinegar and baking soda for cleaning

White vinegar and baking soda are hailed for their multiple uses around the home, and it turns out that these natural ingredients can also be a positive trade-off for the environment.

Mr Williamson said: ‘White vinegar is amazing and can be used to clean kitchen, bathroom surfaces and glass.

Due to vinegar’s high level of acidity, it can break down sticky buildup and soap scum.

Vinegar can also inhibit the growth and kill certain foodborne pathogenic bacteria, although it is not strong enough to act as a disinfectant on its own.

Mr Williamson continued: “Baking soda is another fantastic cleaning option. It helps clean hard surfaces such as porcelain or tile.”

Baking soda is most often used as a leavening agent to rise cookies and cakes.

However, its high pH level means this alkaline powder also works well as a base when cleaning to dissolve some buildup.

Additionally, the mineral structure of baking soda means it works well as a mild abrasive.

Mr Williamson said: “Pour some onto a damp sponge and wipe, then wipe the area down with a clean sponge or cloth.

“It can also remove surface stains, deodorize odors on clothes, clean and remove odors from carpets, prevent pet odors, and even be used as a mouthwash.”