Cleaning with Baking Soda 

 Originally Written: April 14, 2009

By  Hanna Trafford

baking-sodaHere is another one of those informational pieces about what you can do with items you already have in your house – but might not have thought to utilize this way.

Cleaning with Baking Soda:

This is commonly known – Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) is great for absorbing odours. So remember to put opened box into your refrigerator or bottom of your shoe closet – it will help!

Do you have a jar of jam or sauce that was left with a gunk around the lid and now won’t open? Dip a toothbrush in a paste of 2 tablespoons baking soda and 1 tablespoon water and use it to dislodge the stubborn thing.

You can pour washing soda generously on oil and grease spots in your garage, sprinkle it with water until a paste forms and let stand overnight. The next day, scrub with damp brush, hose down and wipe clean.

To clean garden tools, dip a moist stiff-bristled brush in washing soda to scrub trimmers, clippers and other tool that need cleaning. Rinse and place in sunny area to dry. Just a little note: Don’t use washing soda on aluminum tools!

To combat tough stain on grills and barbecue utensils, dip a moist stiff-bristled brush in washing soda and scrub away!

To clean stove burners, place them in a dishpan and soak in about 1 gallon of warm water and 1/2 cup of washing soda for 30 min. Rinse and dry.

You can remove old stains from coffee and tea cups by soaking them in a mixture of 1 part baking soda and 2 parts water and soaking overnight. Then just rub with a sponge and rinse.

There is something you can do with old furniture as well – if you need to refresh the upholstery. Just sprinkle generously with baking soda, let sit for a while and then vacuum.

Baking soda can be very helpful when you need to erase crayon marks on your walls. Mix up a paste (equal parts or baking soda and water) and apply to the wall. Let dry before brushing it off with a clean cloth. If you wall is coloured, you will need to be careful – baking soda can dull the paint!

Hope this was helpful to you – and as always – your comments and additions are more than welcomed!


Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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