Cleaning Showdown: Baking Soda vs. Vinegar

It's no secret that I love cleaning with vinegar and baking soda. There are so many different tricks to helps save time, money, and hassle. But when it is best to use vinegar and when it is best to baking soda?

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Unlike vinegar, baking soda is a base and generally needs to be mixed with at least water to be effective. It has an abrasive characteristic that makes it great for removing stains and tough messes. Since baking soda doesn’t promote corrosion it can effectively handle those greasy messes on stove tops and in ovens.

One interesting way to use baking soda is to remove watermarks from wood. Softly rub the baking soda on the surface to surface damage. Tread with caution as it can remove the protective surface and it may need to be stained or refinished.

The best part about baking soda is its ability to suck in odors. It works so well for controlling the smells in a refrigerator!

The biggest disadvantage of baking soda is its best trait; abrasiveness. It can damage a delicate surfaces. Also, it does not disinfect or remove mineral buildup.

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Tyler Golberg

Tyler is the founder of Home Maintenance Tracker and a writer for HomeSpot HQ, an easy to use tool for managing maintence and projects for every house.