Baking soda is an inexpensive item to use to clean and deodorize many things around your home.
Many people leave an opened box of baking soda in the refrigerator to keep it smelling fresh. If your kitchen trash can has a repelling odor, just sprinkle some baking soda right on top and your stench will disappear.
Do you have kids with all their stinky sports gear? I know my kid's shin guards can stink like nothing else. I just soak them in water and baking soda for an hour or so, then rinse, let air dry and breathe easier. It really works!
Is your oven door a mess? You can make a paste with baking soda and water then smear it on the oven door. Let it hang out for 30 to 60 minutes. Come back and wipe it off to see your clean oven door. I tried this after I made a brined turkey for Thanksgiving that splattered all over the oven door. Super simple and it works! If stubborn stains don't come off, just repeat.
While you wait for the baking soda paste to work it's magic on the oven door, grab that same paste and a toothbrush and clean your tile grout in no time flat. It takes minimal effort and your clean tile grout will be the envy of all you neighbors. Warning, it can be addicting as the clean grout will look so good, you won't be able to stop cleaning. That is until your back is killing you.
For extra grout protection, be sure to apply a tile grout sealer so your clean grout will last longer.
Those of you mamas with young ones, be sure to pack some baking soda with you. If (or when) your precious bundle spits up, just sprinkle baking soda on that spot to neutralize odors and absorb the spill before it sets on your favorite shirt.
Every parent can relate to that dirty, greasy, messy favorite stuffed animal that your child just can't live without and must take everywhere. Well try removing some of the dirt by placing that favorite companion in a resealable bag with a half cup of baking soda. Shake the bag to cover the cuddly creature. Then brush or vacuum off the baking soda for a fresher and cleaner plush friend.
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Vinegar is good for so many more things than coloring eggs. It's pretty common to marinate meat or have a vinegar based salad dressing of all different kinds. This post will focus on good ol' white distilled vinegar, you know the kind you color eggs with.
Vinegar is a great label remover. If you have a label that just won't peel off without leaving behind that ooey gooey sticky mess, try saturating it in white vinegar for a bit. It will come right off without all the struggle!
Do you have a build up of soap film on your dishwasher? Run an empty cycle with vinegar instead of dish washing detergent. Your dishwasher will be sparkly clean, and your next load of dishes will be too.
If you use cloth diapers, simply soak them prior to washing them with 1 cup white vinegar to 9 quarts of water. This will balance the pH thus neutralizing the urine and at the same time preventing the diapers from getting those unsightly stains. As an extra bonus, the vinegar can also help prevent diaper rash on your baby's sensitive skin.
Vinegar is great as a fabric softener and cheaper too. Just use the same amount of white vinegar as you would liquid fabric softener. You won't notice the difference except in the amount of money you save.
Got new jeans? Wash them in white vinegar mixed with water. It will reduce the stiffness and keep them color-fast. Simply throw them in the washing machine with 10 ounces of vinegar and the amount of soap you usually use. Vinegar is actually great for your clothes!
White vinegar can be purchased in bulk from the warehouse clubs very inexpensively or you can wait for it to go on sale at your local grocery store and then buy a bunch at a discount. It's a great eco-friendly alternative to all those chemicals.
If you need to quickly and easily sterilize a cutting board, just rub some salt into it with a lemon and you are good to go with no worry of bacteria. Yes it's that simple!
Has your shower curtain turned into something disgusting thanks to mildew? Not to worry. Just wash it in hot soapy water. Next rub a lemon wedge on the stains and place in the sun. By the time the curtain dries, the stains will have disappeared.
Ink stains on the carpet can be all too common with the little ones running around the house. Simply make a paste with lemon juice and cream of tartar, and dab it on the stain. After about 5 minutes or so clean it with a damp cloth.
Need some fresh lemon juice, but don't have a juicer, no problem. First roll the lemon on the counter under your hand. Then microwave it for 10 seconds. Prick it with a toothpick and watch the juice flow right out.
How about a great lemonade recipe while we are talking about lemons.
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 cup hot water
2 cups fresh lemon juice
1 gallon cold water
In a one gallon container, place sugar and hot water. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice and water to make one gallon.
So when life throws you some lemons you can make some great lemonade and do some environmentally friendly cleaning at the same time!
Enjoy! I hope you will find lemons just got a little bit sweeter!
Did you know that your garage door is a target for criminals? Did you know that your garage door can potentially be broken into in 6 seconds? Did you know that there's a quick, easy, and inexpensive solution to this scary problem so you can keep your garage door safe from burglars?
Here's a video that shows how your garage door can be broken into in 6 seconds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMz1tXBVT1s
Here's how you stop this from happening to you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6kUPvHpozA
We actually tried this and it does work. If you don't have a hole in the sliding bracket, you can easily drill one to slide the zip tie through. We had to drill a hole to secure this one. If you do need to drill, be sure to wear eye protection.