Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda directly onto the stain as it is a natural deodorizer and can help absorb the stain. In a spray bottle, mix equal parts white vinegar and water. Spray the solution onto the baking soda until it begins to fizz which will help lift the stain. Gently blot the are with a clean cloth or sponge and repeat. Once your stain is removed, rinse the area with clean water and blot it dry using a clean towel.
But how do these components work?
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is slightly alkaline and can neutralize acidic substances that may cause stains or odors. It’s also mildly abrasive, which can help with scrubbing away tough grime. Vinegar is acidic, so it can neutralize alkaline substances and help dissolve mineral deposits, grease, grime, and soap scum. Water is a good solvent and can help to dilute other substances, making them easier to rinse away. However, it’s important to note that while these ingredients are effective at some cleaning tasks, they might not be the best choice for all applications.
For example, vinegar can etch marble and other natural stones, and baking soda can be too abrasive for some surfaces. They are also not registered disinfectants and may not kill certain types of germs, such as those that cause illnesses. Therefore, they shouldn’t be relied upon for sanitizing surfaces where disinfection is necessary. Also, note that baking soda and vinegar should not be mixed together in a container for storage. They react with each other, producing carbon dioxide gas, which could cause a closed container to burst. The reaction also essentially creates water, losing the unique cleaning properties of both ingredients. However, you can use baking soda first (for its scrubbing power) and then vinegar (for its dissolving power) in cleaning tasks like unclogging a drain.