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Tuesday, January 3, 2012


  1. Stovetop A Mess? Generously sprinkle baking soda around the top of stove then spray hot water (boiling hot if possible) over it all–-enough to dissolve baking soda without making it run all over. Let soak for about 30 minutes then scrub clean. Source: 8 Cleaning Tips For Crusty Stove Tops.
  2. Crusty Roasting Pan Fix: Clean crusty roasting pans by sprinkling pan generously with baking soda, pour hot water over top about an inch or two deep and soak for a couple hours. Try boiling for a few minutes first if the mess is bad.
  3. Coffee Mug Stains: Remove stains from coffee mugs by wiping mug with a wet cloth then rub the inside of the mug with baking soda. If the stains are stubborn, soak overnight in hot water and baking soda. Source: How To Remove Coffee & Tea Stains From Mugs.
  4. Bathtub Miracle Paste: Make a cleaning paste with baking soda and bleach then apply to wet sponge to scrub off grime when wiping the tub down. Source: Clean A Bathtub With Oven Cleaner & More.
  5. Sink Scrub: Clean a stainless steel sink by sprinkling baking soda around the sink and scrubbing it down with a damp sponge. Source: How To Clean A Stainless Steel Sink.
  6. Remove Grey or Black Cutlery Markings On China: Dab a damp sponge in baking soda and rub the marks gently. Source: How To Wash & Care For Fine China Dishes.
  7. Remove Sticky Goo Left Behind By Stickers & Labels: Use a mix of baking soda and water (mix into a paste). Rub gently into the goo, then wipe off with a warm wet cloth. Source: 25 Helpful Items To Remove Sticky Adhesive Goo.
  8. Microwave Cleaner: Got the grungy microwave blues? Clean it up quickly & easily by adding a couple teaspoons of baking soda to a bowl of water and place in microwave. Heat for 3 – 5 minutes, depending how hard the crud is really stuck on. When microwave stops, keep the door closed to give the moisture and steam the heated bowl of water generated to have time to work. Remove bowl (careful, it’s hot) and take a moist, warm cloth to the inside of the microwave. The crud bits should wipe off easily. The added baking soda will act as a deodorizer. If you’re brave, you can use the hot baking soda water to clean the insides of the microwave, but be careful–it is HOT water. Use a thick sponge and make sure to keep water away from your fingertips. You could also add a splash or two of cold water to bring the temperature down. Source: Cleaning A Microwave: How To & Tips.
  9. Crockpot Cleaner: Soak crock in warm water and baking soda before scrubbing for easier cleanup. Or you can make a paste from baking soda and water, apply to stain and let set for a few hours. Spritz with water then scrub the paste to remove the stains. This also help remove sauce stains. Crusty Crockpot Cleaning Tips.
  10. Thermos Cleaner & Freshener: Put a large teaspoon of baking soda in thermos bottle, fill with boiling water and cap closed for a few hours. All adhering material loosens, comes off and sweetens the bottle. Source: 35 Kitchen Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom.
  11. Luggage Freshener: Musty trunks and funky smelling luggage pieces can be freshened up by sprinkling baking soda inside, closing the case and then let sit a day or two. Remove the baking soda with a vacuum. Source: Quick Tip: Stinky Luggage.
  12. Refrigerator Freshener: After cleaning the refrigerator, keep it smelling fresh with an open box of baking soda or an open bowl/container filled with baking soda. Source: Easy Refrigerator Deodorizer Ideas & Cleaning Tips.
  13. Homemade Air Freshener Spray: Mix 2 cups hot water with 1/8 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup lemon juice, shake to dissolve and spray in the air as needed. Source: Homemade Air Freshener Sprays.
  14. Stained Enamel Cookware: Apply a baking soda/water paste to stains and let sit for an hour. Fill with water (leaving paste inside pot), stir with a wooden spoon to dissolve the baking soda and bring to a boil. Boil for 15 to 20 minutes, rinse then wash as usual.
  15. Cast Iron Cookware Scrub: Use baking soda as a scouring powder when trying to clean or remove rust from cast iron cookware.
  16. Wood Stains: Try removing water stains on wood surfaces by making a paste with baking soda and a few drops of water. Rub into stain then wipe off. You can also try salt instead of baking soda. Source: White Stain Removal Tips For Wood Furniture.
  17. Clean Freezer Tip: After you’ve thoroughly washed the freezer with soapy water and all food particles have been removed, do a quick rinse wipe with a solution of baking soda and warm water (about 2 TBS of baking soda per quart of warm water). This helps remove the soap residue as well as freshens things up. Wipe everything down inside with a clean cloth to dry. Source: How To Clean A Freezer.
  18. Floor Scuff & Stain Remover: Mix baking soda and water to make a paste, apply paste to wet sponge and scrub out the scuff marks. Source: Tips For Floor Cleaners, Spots & Scuffs.
  19. Clogged Drain Flush: Remove as much water as you can from the backed up sink. Toss 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, then pour a cup of household vinegar down the drain, plug the drain with the sink stopper then let sit for half an hour. After about 30 minutes, unplug the sink and pour a kettle full of hot water on top. Source: Tips For Clogged Drains & Homemade Drain Cleaner Recipe.
  20. Teapot Stain Buster: Fill a teapot with boiling water, squeeze the juice from a wedge of lemon (1/4 lemon) and toss in the peel, add 1/8 cup of baking soda. Soak overnight, wash well in the morning.
  21. Fido Smelling A Little Off? Make a doggy deodorizer by mixing 1/2 cup baking soda with 2 cups water then soak 1 bandana (sized to fit dog). Dry bandana in the sun then tie around Fido’s neck to help keep the odors at bay.
  22. To Remove Odor From a Vase: Pour a solution of water and baking soda into the vase and let stand for several hours. Wash clean and odors should be gone, if not simply repeat the process.
  23. Smelly Ashtrays Fix: Mix equal parts white sand and baking soda then pour mixture into ashtrays. This helps diffuse the odor from cigar and cigarette butts and it also helps mask the smoke in the air. Source: Ashtray Odor Diffusers.
  24. Grease Buildup On Range Hood: If the grease buildup inside the hood is especially thick, first make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Take a cloth wet with hot, soapy water and then scrub the grease with the paste in a circular motion–-then wipe off as much as the grease as possible then rinse the cloth in a bucket of hot, soapy water. Reapply baking soda paste on the cloth and repeat until most of the grease has been removed. Once the majority of grease buildup has been removed–-wash the unit with hot, soapy water to remove all traces of the baking soda paste and then clean with degreaser if needed. Source: How To Clean A Range Hood.
  25. Musty Books Fix: For books that got damp or are musty, sprinkle baking soda on the pages and allow time to air out. If there’s mildew on the paper you can rub the baking soda into the spots and lay out to bleach in the sun. Source: 32 Household Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom.
  26. Cleaning Cake & Pie Pan Edges: Dip a raw potato into baking soda to scrub the rusted corners and edges of cake and pie pans. You could also try using baking soda with a few drops of lemon juice. Source: Cookware Cleaning & Stain Removal Tips.
  27. Mattress Freshener: When stripping the beds down for laundry, freshen up the mattress by sprinkling a thin layer of baking soda directly on top of the mattress. Leave sit for a few hours then vacuum the powder up. Source: Quick Tips For Mattress Care.
  28. Cheap & Natural Carpet Freshener: Sprinkle carpets with baking soda and leave sit for a few hours then vacuum up. Your carpets will smell noticeably fresher. Source: 10 Household Cleaning Quick Tips.
  29. Remove Plastic Melted On An Iron or Toaster: Simply heat the iron on low until the plastic has softened, yet the iron is not too hot to burn you. Unplug and use a soft bristle brush (first wet in soapy water) to scrub the plastic off. If the plastic won’t come off, try gently rubbing in a paste of baking soda and water. You don’t want to scratch the plate, so do this carefully. Same method applies for removing plastic from toaster. Sources: How To Clean An Iron: {Tips} and How To Remove Melted Plastic From Toaster.
  30. Dish Rack Freshener: Spruce up dish racks by occasionally scrubbing them with a paste of baking soda and water. Removes stains and odors. Source: 15 Kitchen Tip Quickies.
  31. Windshield Bug Scrub Recipe: Mix 70/30 (approx) Baking Soda and Liquid Dish Detergent until you have a paste. Dab a wet sponge into the paste to get a good glob of it then scrub the windshield. Rinse off well. Liquid dish detergent isn’t recommended for use on car paint, so keep this recipe for the windshield only. Source: Grime Busters For Outside: 8 Quick Tips.
  32. Oven Cleaner: Clean a dirty oven by sprinkling the inside with water then covering with a mixture of 1 cup baking soda and 1/3 cup salt. Spray again with water, leave overnight and wipe clean in the morning. Oven Cleaner: A paste of baking soda and hot water or sprinkle the soda on a damp sponge and wipe. Sources: Homemade Oven Cleaner Recipes and Homekeeping – A Natural Shine To Cleaning (Recipes).
  33. Freshen Lunchboxes & Bags: Sour smelling lunchboxes and bags can be cleaned out by opening the lunchbox and sprinkling a heavy layer of baking soda on both sides. Lay open overnight and then wash in hot water with dish soap. Source: Quick Household Tips & Resources.
  34. Hard Water Laundry Fix: Hard water giving you dingy laundry? Try adding baking soda to the wash as a laundry booster, suggestions for baking soda are to start with 1/2 cup per load. Source: Homemade Laundry Detergent FAQ.
  35. Freshen Linen: Mix dried, ground herbs with 1/2 cup baking soda to freshen bedding. Source: Fresh Summery Scented Bedding Year Round: Tip Sheet.
  36. Fishy Smell: Fish or onion odor can be removed from utensils and dishes by adding a teaspoonful of baking soda to the dish water. Source: 25 Vintage Kitchen Tips: Timeless Wisdom Collection.
  37. Garbage Pail Deodorizer: Mix 4 teaspoons Eucalyptus oil with 4 cups of baking soda. Store in an airtight plastic container. After cleaning garbage can, sprinkle a handful of baking soda mixture on the bottom (once dry). Source: Freshen Your Home With Eucalyptus: Recipes.
  38. Blood Stain Removal (Laundry): Blood stains, if fresh, may be removed by washing in cold water. If hard and dry steep for a few hours in cold water, to which add a pinch of baking soda. Washing and bleaching will finish the process. Never put blood stains in hot water. Source: Old-Time Stain Removal Tips: Timeless Wisdom (bottom of page).
  39. Tile Grout Shine: Clean and brighten tile grout by mixing 3 cups baking soda and 1 cup water. Use to scrub grout clean with a sponge, leave for a few minutes then rinse clean. Source: Grout Cleaning Tips & Recipes.
  40. Slippery Sidewalks: If you sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on icy patches on walkways, it’s much easier on the cement than salt and makes a slip free zone. Source: 12 Quick Tips For The Home: Tipnut’s Mailbag.
  41. Curling Iron Cleaner: Clean the gunk off of curling irons by scrubbing it clean with a paste made from baking soda and water. Source: How To Clean A Curling Iron.
  42. Toilet Bowl Cleaner & Freshener: First drizzle 1 cup baking soda into the toilet. Top with 1 cup vinegar. Allow to fizz for 10 minutes then use a toilet brush to scrub toilet clean. Source: Homemade Cleaners For The Bathroom {Peppermint}.
  43. Funky Dishwasher: Freshen things up by sprinkling a layer of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher. Close it and let it sit overnight. The next day take a damp sponge and scrub the powder into the inside walls and door of the dishwasher. Remove most of the powder then run a full cycle on empty to remove all traces of the powder. Another method to freshen up the dishwasher is to toss in a cup of baking soda to an empty dishwasher then run it on the rinse cycle. Source: Tips For Cleaning A Dishwasher.
  44. Deodorant Stains Fix: To prevent deodorant stains on your clothes, apply baking soda to your underarms after applying deodorant. Source: Underarm & Deodorant Stains: Removal Tips.
  45. Marble & Granite Stains: Remove a stain from marble or granite countertops by first spraying the stain with water then covering it completely with a paste made from baking soda and water (to the consistency of sour cream). Cover with plastic wrap then allow to set for at least 24 hours, the baking soda will dry and pull up much of the stain. Source: How To Remove Stains From Marble & Granite.
  46. Crayon On Walls: Remove crayon scribbles from walls by making a paste of baking soda and water then use it to gently scrub the marks. You could also just sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and rub. Source: 21 Crayon Busters: How To Remove Crayon From Walls.
  47. Crusty Casserole Dishes: Have a casserole dish that just won’t come clean? Try filling the dish with boiling water and 2 or 3 tablespoons of baking soda. Let sit until the water has cooled and you should be able to scrub the dish clean with no problem. Source: 12 Kitchen Tip Quickies.
  48. Vacuum Bag Freshener: Make vacuum bag sachets filled with baking soda and dried herbs. Slip these fragrant sachets into your vacuum bag and enjoy the pleasant fragrance when you vacuum the floor. Source: Vacuum Bag Sachet Fresheners: How-To (listed at bottom of page).
  49. Easy DIY Air Freshener: Keep a room fresh with bowls of baking soda and dried flower buds. Source: Winter Detox: 12 Easy DIY Air Fresheners.
  50. Brass Cleaner: Bring out the shine in brass by cleaning it with a wedge of lemon first sprinkled with baking soda, this will provide a gentle abrasion for cleaning. Source: How To Clean Brass


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