Never Clean These 5 Items With Baking Soda

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Updated on June 27, 2018 8:06 am

Luisa Wong

Never Clean These 5 Items With Baking Soda

Baking soda is the holy grail of OC homemakers. From cleaning pots to deep cleaning areas, baking soda does its magic everywhere you apply it. However, even though it is gentler than other cleaning alternatives, baking soda can’t be used on any item that has dirt and grime. You can’t just use it anywhere without proper knowledge of its components.

Here are some of the things you should NEVER clean with baking soda:

1. Wooden furniture

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Surprise! Surprise! Baking soda mixed with vinegar should not be your option when cleaning wooden pieces of furniture in your home. The mixture can ruin or tarnish the finish of wood and the particles might seep into the grain.

2. Golden tableware

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Gold is a soft metal. The abrasiveness of baking soda—even though it’s light—can scratch your precious golden pieces. Go easy with using baking soda on your golden serving pieces or it might lose its luster.

3. Antique pieces

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Cleaning your silverware with baking soda is fine, but using it on your precious antique pieces? Na-uh! If you want to keep your antique silverware pieces in mint condition, it's better not to use baking soda when cleaning them. Just like your gold pieces, baking soda might scratch and ruin their finish. Do not use it most especially if your antique silverware has decorative embellishments.

4. Marble surfaces

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Some manufacturers don’t recommend using baking soda when cleaning marble countertops and surfaces. Even though baking soda has a gentle abrasiveness, repetitive application on marble surface can wear off its sealant.

5. Aluminium cookware

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Be cautious in giving any metal piece a good scrub of baking soda. Since aluminium is much thinner than any metal, it is more porous. If you want to clean it with baking soda, do it quick! Never let the mixture sit on your aluminium cookware too long or it might oxidise it and cause changing of colour.


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