1 ingredient to unclog and freshen your drains

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We all know baking soda to be an essential item in our kitchens used in many baking recipes, but there is so much more this great natural product can do. Instead of using chemical cleaners that have far too many toxins in them, using natural baking soda and other natural house cleaners will get the job done without leaving harmful toxins behind. There are many chemical drain cleaners like Draino that do a great job of unclogging our drains, but you can also use natural baking soda to deodorize and unclog your drain. Baking soda will break down mineral deposits, grease and will kill mold, so it's the perfect thing to use in your drains. One of the other natural house cleaners you'll need for this cleaning tip from The Spruce is some white vinegar. If you've ever accidentally mixed baking soda and vinegar together, you know that they will cause a fizzing chemical reaction. This reaction will only help to clean your drains and remove any debris and deposits. So don't worry, it won't cause damage in your drain, it will only help to release and dissolve whatever is clogging it. All you need to do is pour some baking soda in the drain and then pour down some vinegar too. You'll see it fizz up which is natural, so allow it to fizz for several minutes.

Then, come back with some hot or boiling water and flush the drain with it. If your drain is still clogged, you can repeat the process a few more times. You can also add some salt to the mixture and let it sit overnight if you have a severely clogged drain. Then flush it with the hot water in the morning. This also works on sink drains in your bathrooms and kitchens, as well as garbage disposals which can get very smelly and clogged. Using lemon juice or essential oils will also help to disinfect the drain and it will give the drain a fresh scent right away. Other ways you can use baking soda is as a natural house cleaner for different jobs. Just make a paste using some baking soda, water and dish soap, you can add some essential oils to the mixture to add more cleaning power and a fresh scent. Then, use the paste on tiles, in your bathtub, bathroom sink, kitchen sink and even in your oven. Spread the paste all over the surface of the area you're cleaning and allow it to sit for an hour or so to loosen the stuck on grime. Then, come back and spray the area with vinegar.

The fizzing will happen again, so allow it to die down a bit and then use a scrubbing pad to scrub the entire area really well. The baking soda will act as a great gentle abrasive cleanser that won't scratch surfaces, but it will work hard to get rid of stuck on gunk. You can also use natural baking soda and water as a paste to remove tar, sap and bugs from your car without scratching it up. Baking soda is also great to use for health purposes and beauty purposes too. You can use it as an exfoliator on your face and body to smooth your skin gently. Just take a good amount of baking soda in a bowl and bring it into the shower with you. Put it on your body and face once they are wet and gently scrub your entire body with it. You'll end up with soft, glowing skin. Enjoy these cleaning tips and try using more natural house cleaners to clean your home.***

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