Strangely I know, I am a big fan of Bi-Carbonated Soda (or Sodium Bicarbonate). It has an endless, never ending uses in the home for cleaning, cooking, health remedies and even beauty care. This is one of the most basic "must haves" in my pantry (along with vinegar).
Where is surprised me the most was using it in the bathroom and kitchen.
I am not a fan of cleaning at all, so to find such an easy and inexpensive way to clean the most difficult areas of my how I just had to share:
Mix together to make a paste. I made this mixture on numerous occasions for cleaning the bath, the shower screens, my oven, baking trays, stove tops... Pretty much anything with deep grease or grime and it has always worked so much better than anything I have used before and with minimal effort.
The trick is to apply the paste and let in sit for at least 30 minutes. I have left the oven paste on overnight. Then I have cleaned the paste off and all the grime and dirt come away with it easily with minimal scrubbing. I love this recipe and have never ever bought smelly chemical cleaners ever again since. I never felt they worked that well in the first place.
Additionally when I was looking for more Bi Carb uses I came across a site that provided a multiple of excellent recipes. I am unable to locate this site again to give credit to the author, so if anybody happens to recognise, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due.
TUB AND TILE CLEANER
In a jar or spray bottle, combine 1 2/3 cup baking soda with 1/2 cup vegetable oil-based liquid soap. Add 1/2 cup water and 2 tablespoons vinegar. Shake before using. Apply with a cloth or sponge and rinse well.
• SCOURING POWDER:
Combine 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup borax, and 1 cup kosher salt in a jar. Sprinkle on area to be cleaned, wipe with a sponge, and rinse.
• TOILET BOWL CLEANER:
Mix 1/4 cup borax or baking soda and 1 cup vinegar in the toilet. Let it sit for 15 minutes (or longer, if necessary), scrub, and flush.
• GLASS CLEANER:
Combine 1/4 cup vinegar and 4 cups warm water in a spray bottle. Use to clean glass or mirrors with a dry cloth or piece of newspaper.
• DRAIN CLEANER:
Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into drain followed by 1 cup vinegar. Let it sit and fizz for 15 minutes, then rinse with hot or boiling water. May need to repeat or leave baking soda and vinegar in overnight.
• FLOOR SANITIZER:
In a bucket, mix 1/2 cup borax with 2 gallons hot water. Apply with a mop or sponge. Rinsing is not necessary.
• SOAP SCUM REMOVER:
Sprinkle on baking soda, scrub with a cloth or sponge, and rinse. Vinegar or kosher salt also work.
• CALCIUM OR LIME REMOVER:
For calcium or lime deposits on a chrome faucet, soak a towel in vinegar and wrap it around the faucet. Let it sit for a couple of hours or overnight.
• MOLD OR MILDEW REMOVER:
Mix 1/2 cup borax and 1/2 cup vinegar to make a paste. Scrub with a brush or sponge and rinse with water. For tough mold, let it sit for an hour before rinsing with water.
Upon creating this website I keep finding other resources that I want to share and document for myself in my own personal use website folder. There are many recipes and remedies that I have found amazing to use in my own home which has saved me money, avoided the usage of harmful chemicals in my home and have provided a much superior solution to store bought items. I don't write these down and when I need that recipe again, I am at a loss to find it again. But not again. I will find them all and save here and I hope that they bring as much positive influences as they have me.
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