Posted by: Meagan | March 16, 2009

Back to Basics with Cleaning

In the April 2009 edition of Real Simple magazine there were some great cleaning tips that I thought I would share with you! These tips were on page 140, I hope you enjoy and use!

Baking & Washing Soda

The Nitty-Gritty: Baking soda (a.k.a sodium bicarbonate) and its close cousin, washing soda (sodium carbonate), both absorb odors. But unlike baking soda, slightly stronger washing soda can’t be ingested; wear rubber gloves when handling it.
Price: About $1.08 for a pound of baking soda; $7 for 4 pounds of washing soda: both available at supermarkets.

Use them to clean your…

Can Opener: dip a toothbrush in a paste of 2 tablespoons baking soda and 1 teaspoon water and use it to dislodge gunk.
Garage Floors (and other concrete surfaces): Pour washing soda generously on oil and grease spots and sprinkle with water until a paste forms. Let stand overnight. The next day scrub with a damp brush, hose down, and wipe clean.
Garden Tools: Dip a moist stiff-bristled brush in washing soda to scrub trimmers, clippers, and more. Rinse, then place in a sunny area to dry. (Don’t use washing soda on aluminum tools.)
Grills and Barbecue Utensils: To combat tough grease stains, dip a moist stiff-bristled brush in washing soda and scrub away.
Stove Burners: In a dishpan soak them in 1 gallon warm water and 1/2 cup washing soda for 30 minutes. Rinse and dry.
Stained Teacups and Coffee Mugs: Fill with 1 part baking soda and 2 parts water and soak overnight; rub with a sponge and rinse.
Upholstered Furniture: To remove odors, sprinkle baking soda on fabric, then vacuum.
Scuffed Walls: Erase crayon marks by applying a baking soda paste (equal parts baking soda and water) to white painted walls (baking soda may dull colored walls.) Let dry before brushing it off with a clean cloth.



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