Baking soda

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Baking soda is a common, inexpensive household item that may be used for many types of cleaning projects.

I have used baking soda and 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 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 on your sinks.

In actuality, that bubbling process is how you can tell if the box of baking soda you have had around forever remains excellent. Just follow the instructions above. Your soda remains great 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, 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 maintain an open box in the fridge 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.

For scrubbing the sink, tub, or shower stall, for getting gunk off the exterior of my toaster, and projects of this type, I find it quite helpful. With a rag or sponge, then pour some baking soda onto it and then add a little water, just enough to form a paste. Then scrub! You can even mix the paste up 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 skillet so the baking soda does not cake. You can even use a salt shaker, as you’ll most likely go through that much baking soda until it gets caked up.

Pots and pans which have something burnt on the bottom call for sterner measures. I admit that sometimes I just reach for my rarely-used business cleaner, but the baking soda cleaning technique is to shake baking soda all over the burnt stuff and then let the pot sit overnight. You may even add a little water and baking soda into the pot, bring it to a boil, 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 also. But enough! This guide is about baking soda for cleaning around the home.

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