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Saturday, 15 June 2013

Uses for Baking Soda in the Home

Uses for Baking Soda

Why Do I Like to Use Baking Soda Around My Home???

*All natural 
* Simple product and so inexpensive
* Non- toxic and safe to use around my baby
*Has the cleaning power of those factory made cleaners except it does not stink
* Absorbs even the toughest of odors
So where do I use this product in my home???

Starting with the kitchen:

* To keep unpleasant odors away put some baking soda in a container and place inside the fridge, freezer, and cupboards. Replace once a month. But do not through away what you replace. Keep it for cleaning.

* Keep away garbage odors by sprinkling some baking soda at the bottom of the pail. 

* Renew old sponges, nylon scrubbers, and scrub brushes by soaking them overnight in a solution of 4 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart water.
* To clean and freshen surfaces, sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth. Wipe, then rinse with clean water.

* To clean the stove make a paste using baking soda and water. Spread paste over and leave for one hour. Then wipe with a clean wet cloth. For stubborn messes leave paste on over night.
* A baking-soda paste removes stains from plastic and rubber utensils. Apply the paste using a scouring pad or sponge.
* For food containers with lingering tough odors fill with baking soda and water. Let soak overnight. 
* For burnt on food in the bottom of pots and pans, sprinkle with baking soda, then add hot water. Let soak overnight. Any dried stuck on food will come loose much more easily.

* To clean coffee cup and teacup stains dip a damp sponge in baking soda and rub the stains away. 
* To clean silver, use a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub the paste onto each item, then rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.
* To remove scuff marks or grease spills from the floor, sprinkle with baking soda and then wipe with a warm, damp cloth. This is even safe for no-wax floors!

* Remove black heel marks on linoleum or vinyl floors with a damp sponge or scrubber dipped in baking soda.

* To clean tile floors use 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water. Mop the with the solution. Rinse the floor clean.


In the bathroom:

*To remove stubborn stains from most surfaces, use a baking soda paste (3 parts baking soda, 1 part water). Apply, let stand, then scrub or wipe clean.
* Hairbrushes and combs can be cleaned in a baking soda solution. Just put the solution in your sink or any container and let the hairbrushes and combs stay for some time (some people let it over night) and then rinse with water and let it dry.
* To avoid clogged drains, pour 1/4 cup baking soda down weekly. Rinse through with hot water. 
* You can use baking soda just like a dry cleanser to clean sinks, bath tubs, and toilets. It works especially well on chrome fixtures! It rinses off easily and you don't have to worry about scratches either.


In the living room:
* To remove odors from upholstery or carpet, sprinkle with baking soda. Let stand for at least 15 minutes, then vacuum. Repeat as needed.

* Children's toys can be cleaned using 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 liter of warm water. Place toys in this mixture and wash or dampen a cloth with the mixture and wipe the toys.  Follow by rinsing with clear water.


In the bedroom:
* Sprinkle on mattresses in between changing sheets. Gives a nice fresh smell. 

* Sprinkle a little inside pillowcases when changing to absorb odors. 



In the laundry:

* To keep clothing fresh, replace half of each measure of laundry detergent with baking soda.

* To remove grease stains, either add baking soda to the wash load or pre-treat the stains with a baking soda paste (baking soda and water).
* Baking soda increases the effectiveness of chlorine bleach. Add 1/2 cup to your laundry, along with the usual amount of bleach. Your laundry will look brighter and smell fresher!

Hope you have enjoyed reading. Feel free to share any of your around the home uses for baking soda that I have not mentioned.

Enjoy your day :)

10 comments:

  1. I love baking soda! I use it everyday for various cleaning projects, especially on my rugs and in the cat box :)

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  2. Thank you Ann!
    Yes it is such an easy and effective product and safe to use around pets.
    Oh and I just love cats :)

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  3. These are some really great tips. I didn't know that you could renew your old sponges with it. I'm going to try the clogged sink one. Was just telling hubby we needed to buy drano because my bathroom sink is clogged with hair. Thank you. :)

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    1. Thank you for your comment.
      Plain baking soda will work to keep your drains clear. However if your drains are clogged pour the baking soda and then pour some vinegar. Take care to cover your hands in case of reaction from mixing the two. I did not mention this in my post as I wanted it to be strictly about baking soda. :)

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  4. I love cleaning with baking soda! I did it yesterday, actually. I haven't heard the sponge tip, either. I'll have to try it out! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. =)

    Natashalh

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    1. Thank you Natashalh
      Have a nice week :)

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  5. Thanks for the tips! So much better to use baking soda instead of other products with so much chemicals.

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    1. Thank you Linda!
      It seems as though people are becoming more conscientious about the chemicals in commercial cleaners. While they may clean our homes, they may be poisoning us and our families at the same time.
      Have a nice week :)

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  6. Love the tips. Besides the teenagers I have a siamese always worry about getting into chemicals. I will check this out. thanks lorraine

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    1. Thank you Robin!
      Yes I agree. We never can be too careful when it comes to our children and pets. They are so precious to us.
      Have a nice week :)

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