Monday, December 21, 2009

Cleaning with Baking Soda

You know we love our green cleaning products. They work great and save you money. You can be green and save green! We have been rediscovering all the great uses that our grandmothers knew for baking soda. It is non toxic and very cheap. You can feel safe knowing you are cleaning with something totally safe for your home and family! We found a great article on The New Homemaker for 27 uses of baking soda.

Here are some of our favorites:

Use a paste of baking soda and water to remove burnt on foods from pots and your stove. Let it sit for 15-20 min. and it should come off easily.

Use baking soda as a scouring powder. Just sprinkle on your damp cloth to clean counter tops, sinks, cabinets, appliances and tile. It won't scratch!!

Pour a 1/4 cup of baking soda in your drains weekly to keep them flowing freely in the kitchen and bath. Rinse through with hot water.

Baking soda is great at removing oders. Sprinkle it in any stinky spot: garbage cans, diaper pails and litter boxes!

Sprinkle baking soda on your carpets and let stand for at least 15 min. then vacuum up for fresh smelling carpets.

Use baking soda in your laundry. Add a 1/2 cup to your bleach loads to boost the whitening power. Add to your regular loads for added freshness and cleaning.

Use a mixture of 1/4 cup baking soda to 1 quart water for cleaning plastic toys, lawn furniture and kiddie pools. Rinse with water.

You can even use baking soda occasionally on a wet toothbrush to clean and whiten your teeth (not the best tasting toothpaste).

Give baking soda a try. We have been so amazed at this old fashioned cleaning product.

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  1. i like going to try a few:)

  2. hi! i just stumbled on to your site and am enjoying your wonderful tips! i thought i could toss in my 2 cents! so - i've used baking soda as an anti-itch agent when ever there seems to be a mosquito bite or spider/ant bite. relieves itchyness instantly. pour 2/3 tspns of baking soda and a little drizzle of water to make a paste. u then smear the paste onto the affected area. it will dry and crackle off, then you could just brush off whatever is left on your skin. also - great for when u have eaten too much. a tip of baking soda on a teaspoon, chased by some water. as soon as you sit down, you'll burp!

  3. I guess I can't put off some much-need cleaning projects anymore! Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. By itself it is not the best tasting toothpaste, but mix in some cinnamon, or even pumpkin pie spice, and it makes it much more palatable!

  5. Baking soda can also be used as an antacid.

  6. I just unclogged a major bathtub clog with baking soda and vinegar. It bubbles up (like an elementary school science fair volcano) and clears the drain. Just pour some baking soda down the drown and slowly add vinegar; cover with a washcloth so all that foam stays in the drain where it can work its magic.