Baking Soda

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Image result for baking sodaBaking soda is a common, inexpensive household item that may be used for many types of cleaning projects.

I’ve long used baking soda and white vinegar to keep my kitchen and bathroom drains clean and fresh smelling. I simply put a teaspoon or less of baking soda into the drain and then pour about a tablespoon of vinegar. I must admit that I am the sort of cook that rarely steps anything, and the same is true for all these proportions, so feel free to experiment to discover what works best in your sinks. Start small, though — the mixture of baking soda and vinegar causes an active fizzling and bubbling!

In actuality, that bubbling process is how you can tell if the box of baking soda you’ve had around forever is still excellent. Just follow the directions above. Your soda is still good if it bubbles away merrily.

Speaking of drains, even if your drain is clogged, you can try with far more baking soda. Wait a few minutes, or more, and then run the hot water faucet and see if you’ve cleared the drain. It might take overnight.

Another well-known use of baking soda is to keep an open box in the refrigerator to neutralize odors. Because baking soda cuts smells, it may also be placed at the bottom tray of an oven-type electric toaster, to reduce burnt smells. Another smell-removing cleaning idea is to put baking soda into jars or bottles that milk has left a smell in.

Baking soda is an abrasive, milder than commercial cleansers. For scrubbing the sink, bathtub, or shower stall, for getting gunk off the outside of my toaster, and projects of this sort, I find it quite useful. Using a rag or sponge, pour some baking soda onto it and then add a little water, just enough to form a paste. Then scrub! You can even mix up the paste in a small cup or bowl and throw out what you have not employed by the end of the cleaning session. I keep a small container of baking soda handy from the sink, in a closed jar so the baking soda does not cake. You can even use a salt shaker, as you will probably go through that much baking soda before it gets caked up.

Pots and pans which have something burned on the bottom call for sterner measures. I admit that sometimes I just reach for my rarely-used commercial cleaner, but the baking soda cleaning technique is to shake baking soda all over the burned stuff and then let the pot sit overnight. You can also add a little water and baking soda into the pot, bring it to a boil, and then let it sit.

For stained marble, a paste of baking soda and white vinegar may be effective.

Baking soda also has many different applications in keeping your body clean too. But enough! This guide is about baking soda for cleaning around the house.

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