Spring Cleaning Part II
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Mar 01, 2011  |  Vote 0    0

Spring Cleaning Part II

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One of the things I use a lot around the house for cooking and cleaning is baking soda.  It is reasonably cheap to buy and has multiple uses. 


Dissolve a couple of tablespoons of baking soda in water in a microwave safe bowl, and then bring to the boil in your microwave. Allow to sit for a minute or two, then you should easily be able to wipe out any baked on stains, plus your oven will microwave will smell fresher too.


Stains on porcelain sinks, toilets and plastics can be removed by applying a layer of baking soda and then using a damp sponge. I found this to work particularly well on a water stain in a sink that couldn't be shifted otherwise without the use of heavy duty chemicals and scratching the surface.


As an alternative to caustic soda for clearing blocked drains, throw a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of white vinegar, followed by a couple of jugs of boiling water.  This really works well and I use this also on slow running drains.


Soak your shower curtains in water and baking soda to clean them.


Run your dishwasher through its cycle with baking soda in it instead of soap to give it a good cleaning.


Oven Cleaner, dampen the floor of the oven, sprinkle with bicarbonate of soda and dampen again. Leave the mixture overnight and then remove with a cloth. Rinse with hot water.


Wash a cup of baking soda down a toilet or drain once a week to help maintain or restore the pH of a septic tank. The regular addition of baking soda helps prevent corrosion of concrete as well as metal septic tanks.


De-grease and clean barbecue grills, make a paste by mixing equal parts baking soda and water, apply with a wire brush, wipe clean, and dry with a cloth.


To make your own fabric softener, mix 1 cup of baking soda and vinegar in a storage bottle take care as the vinegar & soda will fizz up. Then mix in 2 cups of water. Add ¼ cup of conditioner to your wash.  I also add a few drops of essential oil to it for a scented fabric softener.  I haven't bought fabric softener in years now.


To eliminate dog odors or just freshen up the air, sprinkle bicarbonate of soda on your carpet where your dog lies, leave for half an hour and vacuum up. It also eliminates odor in your vacuum after it has been up. A great way to freshen up your home air during the winter when everything is closed up.


For more of what I have been up to please pop by my blog: That British Woman

**I have not tested everyone of these myself, so please use at your own risk.**

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