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by The Nashville Plumber on October 22, 2012

Nashville Plumber uses Baking Soda for Drain CleaningBaking soda has a variety of uses, from easing heartburn symptoms to making your cupcakes rise. When it comes to cleaning the active ingredient in that little orange box, sodium bicarbonate, is one of your best friends. Its ability to create a foam when combined with vinegar not only can clean drains but is useful in other areas of the bathroom, as well.

Drains

To freshen up drains using baking soda, pour 1 cup directly down the drain. Follow this with 1/2 cup vinegar and cover the drain immediately. Allow the mixture to set for 30 minutes. Then, remove the cover and run hot water down the drain for 3 minutes to clean drain.

Toilets

During weekly cleaning, sprinkle baking soda in toilet bowl and follow with a 1/4 cup vinegar. Allow the mixture to sit for 30 minutes before scrubbing and rinsing the toilet bowl clean.

Shower Heads

To remove mineral deposits from a shower head, removing it is not necessary. Fill a quart sized plastic bag with 1/4 cup baking soda and add 1 cup vinegar. This mixture will foam quickly so attach the bag to the shower head using a rubber band. Ensure that the shower head is completely immersed in the mixture. Allow the bag to stay on for at least an hour, or longer if there is a considerable amount of build-up. Remove the bag from the shower head and run the hot water through.

Grout

There are many recipes for a natural grout cleaner that include baking soda. They vary in strength and could be damaging to certain types of tile surface. The mildest and safest recipe is 3 cups baking soda and 1 cup water. These are combined to make a paste and can be multiplied to clean a larger area. Apply to grout and allow to set for 10 minutes before rinsing clean.

Shower Doors

Removing build-up from shower doors requires only three natural ingredients: vinegar, baking soda, and salt. First, spray vinegar onto the door and allow to sit for a few minutes. Using equal parts of baking soda and salt create a paste and apply with a damp sponge onto the door. Allow to sit for 5 minutes then rinse.

Freshening the Air

The same box that prevents food odors in your refrigerator can freshen the air in your bathroom, too. Simply place an opened box of baking soda and place in your bathroom to absorb and neutralize odors.

Have questions on how to best maintain your bathroom? Contact Green Hills Plumbing, your Nashville bathroom specialists today at (615) 866-1917.

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