Five things you should never clean with baking soda
Baking soda is a versatile cleaner. It's used to remove dirt and grease, added to laundry, and used as an aid in cleaning surfaces from fungal spores.
It is one of the most effective and affordable, and most importantly, non-toxic disinfectants. However, experts warn that baking soda cannot be used on all surfaces, and sometimes the abrasive particles can even cause harm.
Baking soda can be used in its pure form - it not only cleans but also absorbs unpleasant odors. Another way is to prepare a paste: mix baking soda with water, vinegar, or dishwashing liquid until a thick consistency is formed. A non-abrasive paste is more gentle and will not damage the surface.
Wooden floors and furniture
There are two reasons why you shouldn't use baking soda on wood. Firstly, abrasive particles can damage the coating. Second, acidity has a negative effect on wooden surfaces. Soda can react with the tannins in the wood, causing dark stains.
Do not clean aluminum cookware with baking soda. Prolonged contact will cause an oxidation reaction and discoloration. If there is no other option and no other product can remove old stains, try to wipe off the stains with baking soda as soon as possible and rinse off the residue immediately with water.
Expensive marble countertops will wear out faster if you rub them with abrasives. Soda can scratch the surface and remove the sealant.
Cutlery and other products with gold and silver trim
Gold trim adds sophistication to any item, but baking soda will quickly corrode such decor. Baking soda should also not be used on silverware to avoid scratches and damage to the metal.
Items with cracks and deep grooves
The fine powder will get into cracks and deep grooves, and it will be extremely difficult to remove. Don't clean your computer keyboard or remote controls with baking soda - use a microfiber cloth instead.
Even a carpet is too thin a surface with all its small threads and fibers, and the baking soda granules could potentially fall to the floor below.