Last Updated on April 16, 2009 by Hanna Trafford
Here 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!