Being a strong proponent of 'all things natural' both around the home and for healthy living, one cleaning agent that I wouldn't be without is Bicarbonate of Soda or Baking Soda as it is more commonly known in the US. But surely Baking Soda is only for what its name implies - for baking and cooking. The answer to that is yes but it is also extremely useful around the home for all manner of cleaning jobs.
As well as being traditionally used as a raising agent in baking, Bicarb has numerous other uses around the home as a natural cleaner. mild abrasive and deodoriser. Being natural, it is gentle on the skin as well as being environmentally friendly and is a great alternative to bleach based cleaning products.
Here are 7 great cleaning tips that you can use straight away
In the Kitchen
1. Remove Fridge and Freezer Odors
If that half plate of tuna fish from last night is stinking your fridge out, all you need to do is remove the top from a tub of Bicarbonate of Soda and place it one of the shelves. Due to it's excellent deodorising qualities, the bicarb will absorb those nasty niff's for you. You should stir the contents of the tub every couple of weeks.
2. Stop Kitchen Sink Odor
If the smell coming from your kitchen sink resembles the garbage bin, try pouring a quarter tub of baking soda down the drain followed by half pint of white vinegar. These two together will create a chemical reaction which will clean the drain. After the reaction has died down, flush the drain with hot water.
3. Remove Microwave Odors
If you cook anything in a microwave oven that is strong smelling, you will find that the smell can linger for days after. Easy enough to get rid of though - just keep an open tub of bicarb inside the microwave between uses and the odor will disappear.
4. Coffee Pot Stain Remover
Coffee will, over time, stain the pot that it is made in. The same goes for teapots as well. Want to get rid of those stains - grab yourself half a dozen ice cubes and half a tub of baking soda, put them in the coffee pot and shake until the stains have disappeared. After that, just wash the pot as normal and it will look as good as the day that you bought it.
5. Remove Perspiration Stains
Has your best shirt or blouse got perspiration stains under the arms which won't come out, no matter how many times you wash them. Before you throw the garment back into the washing machine, try wetting the stained area and rub in some bicarb with your fingers. Put it in the wash and the see the difference.
In the Lounge
6. Cleaning Crayon off Walls
If you have a young child that likes to crayon on the walls as soon as your back is turned try dipping a damp cloth into Baking Soda. Scrub the crayon mark lightly to get rid of your young one's artistic efforts.
7. Removing Smell from Carpet
It is a proven fact that most odours in rooms emanate from the floor area, especially carpets and rugs. The same can also be said about settees. No need to call in the carpet cleaning company just yet. All you need to do is sprinkle bicarb over the carpet, rug or settee - leave over night and then vacuum as normal in the morning. Any odours that were there will have magically disappeared.