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2017-03-22 06:04

BAKING soda can be used as more than just cooking ingredient. Try using it to freshen up the kitchen and to clean some of toughest areas.

Baking powder - run out of baking powder, just mix two parts cream of tartar to one part baking soda and you’re good to go.

Dishwasher cleaning boost - sprinkle ½ cup baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher before running the wash cycle. Make it a two-fer: If you sprinkle ½ cup baking soda in the bottom of the dishwasher as soon as you empty it, not only will you be ready for the next wash cycle, you’ll help control odors in the meantime.

Remove burnt-on food - mix equal parts cream of tartar and baking soda in the bottom of the pan. Add a couple drops of dish detergent and enough hot water to make a paste to cover the burnt-on areas. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes, then scrub away debris.

Polish silver flatware - make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub onto silver using a clean cloth or sponge; rinse and dry.

Freshen drains - pour 1 cup baking soda down the drain weekly. Follow with a quart of boiling water.

Keep the fridge smelling fresh - leave an opened box of baking soda in the fridge to absorb odors. Replace each month.

Clean the microwave - to remove splatters, wash the inside of the microwave with a damp sponge sprinkled with baking soda. Rinse.
Leave an opened box of baking soda in the microwave to absorb odors in-between uses.

Pots and pans - wet dirty pots and pans with hot water, then apply a paste of baking soda and dish detergent. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes then clean.

Baking soda has so many different uses. It's such a versatile product. It can be used to clean a wide range of household items.

DIY air freshener - mix 1 cup baking soda with 5-8 drops of essential oils. Place in a decorative bowl as a quick and effective air freshener. For cars, closets or pantries, wrap the mixture in a coffee filter and close with a rubber band.

Remove crayon from walls and painted furniture — Simply dip a damp sponge in baking soda and scrub lightly.

Remove stubborn marks - mix ½ teaspoon borax and 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small bowl. Add about ½ cup of hot water. Dip a sponge or cloth into mixture, scrub away stains. (For painted walls and furniture, test first in an inconspicuous place.)

Stinky sneakers - sprinkle with baking soda. Shake out before using.

Scorch marks on the bottom of an iron - make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply with a scrubby sponge. Wipe clean.

Freshen stinky carpets - sprinkle baking soda liberally on carpet or rug. Allow to sit for several hours or overnight. Vacuum. Bonus: The baking soda will also deodorise the vacuum cleaner bag.

Clean golf irons - make a paste of 3 tablespoons baking soda and 1 tablespoon water. Scrub with a brush. Rinse and dry.
- Today.com

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