Thursday, April 26, 2007

Baking Soda....who knew!

So Lew and I were cleaning tonight and I was complaining about this strange yucky odor coming from the garbage disposal....I knew there were natural items you could use as deodorizers so I decided to google it really quick just to see what popped up....and I came upon this article about baking soda and not only is it good for deodorizing the kitchen but it has like a million uses! I included my favorites below and the link for your reference ;) So break out that baking soda ladies!

http://www.wackyuses.com/arm_hammer.html

This website has all kinds of other "wacky uses" for other items around the house such as baby powder, bounce etc....
  • Clean a microwave oven. Sprinkle Arm & Hammer Baking Soda on a damp sponge, scrub, and rinse.

  • Remove tarnish from silver. Mix a thick paste of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda with water, apply the silver with a damp sponge, rub, rinse, and buff dry.

  • Clean a stainless steel sink. Sprinkle Arm & Hammer Baking Soda on a damp sponge, scrub the sink, and rinse clean.

  • Boost the strength of liquid laundry detergent. Add one-half cup Arm & Hammer Baking Soda with the usual amount of detergent in your regular wash cycle.

  • Deodorize garbage disposals and sink drains. Instead of throwing out that old box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda that's been sitting in the refrigerator or freezer, gradually pour it down the drain and flush with water. Or better yet, pour two tablespoons Arm & Hammer Baking Soda down the garbage disposal every week.
  • Deodorize food containers. Mix one-quarter cup Arm & Hammer Baking Soda with one quart water, swish food containers in solution, soak overnight, then rinse clean.

  • Clean coffee and teapots. Wash in a solution of one-quarter cup Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and one quart warm water, then rinse clean.

  • Deodorize kitchen garbage. Sprinkle a handful of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda in the garbage pail each time you add garbage.

  • Soothe poison ivy rash or insect bites. Make a paste of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and water, and apply to the affected area.

  • Soothe sunburn, windburn, and prickly heat. Dissolve one-half cup baking soda in a tepid bath. Soak in the bath for fifteen minutes.

  • Take a refreshing bath. Dissolve one-half cup Arm & Hammer Baking Soda in a tub of warm water for soft, smooth-feeling skin and a relaxing bath.

  • Brush your teeth. Plain baking soda is a gentle abrasive that cleans like the strongest toothpaste. Apply Arm & Hammer Baking Soda to a damp toothbrush, brush as usual, and rinse. Note: Arm & Hammer Baking Soda does not contain fluoride.

  • Neutralize vomit odor. Sprinkle Arm & Hammer Baking Soda generously to cover the stained area, let sit for an hour, then vacuum up.

  • Soothe tired feet. Add three tablespoons to a basin of warm water and soak feet in the solution.

  • Use as a deodorant. Dust baking soda under arms.

  • Remove conditioner and styling gel build-up from hair. Wash hair once a week with a tablespoon of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda mixed with your regular shampoo; rinse thoroughly, then condition and style as usual.
  • Make baby clothes smell even fresher. Add one-half cup Arm & Hammer Baking Soda to baby's laundry.

  • Boost bleach. Use one-half cup Arm & Hammer Baking Soda with your normal liquid bleach to boost the bleaching action and freshen the wash.

4 comments:

Jess said...

Love these tips! Amazing the power of all these natural cleaners!

Trish said...

Great tips! Thanks, now I can get the stains out of all the baby clothes!

Mrs. Ellis said...

Thanks for the great tips, my lil' homemaker!!!! I bought a big box at the store today and have already used some in my trash can ( and it really works!!! )

Prellis said...

Wow! These were really helpful tips. Thanks!