Tuesday, January 29, 2008

nifty little ideas....

....with baking soda....

By Deborah Snoonian
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This Old House

(This Old House) -- Everyone knows this kitchen staple fights odors in the fridge. What we didn't know is just how darn useful it is everywhere else in the house


1. Remove tape residue

Make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Rub the paste onto bits of tape stuck to windows, then wipe clean.

2. Douse flames

Keep a box of baking soda in your workshop or kitchen to sprinkle on a fire if one breaks out.

3. Zap roaches

Set out a shallow dish or bowl containing equal parts sugar and baking soda. Roaches are attracted to the sugar, but the mixture is deadly to them.

4. Spot-clean a rug

Sprinkle baking soda on greasy spots and let sit for about an hour. Scrub gently with a damp sponge or brush, then vacuum to remove any leftover grime.

5. Absorb moisture

Keep an open box of baking soda in your tool cabinet to fend off moisture that could rust saws or other equipment.

6. Keep drains clear

Once a week, pour a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down your kitchen sink. It'll help keep your pipes clog-free. This Old House: Clear any clogged drain

7. Clean a shower door

Pour some baking soda on a damp sponge, wipe the door, and rinse with warm water. This Old House: Installing a shower door

8. Uncrust your grill

Sprinkle baking soda directly on an indoor or outdoor grill. Let sit overnight, then slough off the grime with a wire brush and warm water. This Old House: Grill Maintenance

9. Scrub your paws

Rubbing your hands with warm water and a palmful of baking soda will remove stubborn odors.

10. Banish book odors

Seal musty-smelling books for a few weeks in a plastic bag with baking soda sprinkled inside to eliminate mildew and odors


one way that I use it ,,,more often than others...... sprinkling it on pee on the carpet...

it works for pee and milk, and probably other liquids too............ Hudson has accidents every once in a while in his room, so I just sprinkle it on the wet spot, let it sit and soak up everything, cover it with a rag or burp cloth, then vacuum it after it dries....it sucks up the wetness and the odor



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Jane/Wags said...

Thanks for the baking soda tips - especially the one for cleaning the carpet!

Barb said...

I had forgotten about some of those tips. Thanks Sarah! Great ideas!

Monique said...

Great list! I knew about some but not others, what a great product that is! Thanks!


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