Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tip Tuesday

It’s time to get back to tips and hints. Today we explore baking soda. That little box that costs just pennies packs a powerful punch! You can find it in any grocery store or dollar store. And there are dozens of uses for baking soda beyond baking.

1) The most familiar use is deodorizing the refrigerator and freezer. Just open the box and place it on a shelf….done!

2) Freshen your carpets and rugs by sprinkling with baking soda. Let it set at least 15 minutes, then vacuum.

3) Make your own bathroom scrub formula by mixing 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 tablespoon liquid detergent.

4) To open a slow drain, sprinkle in 1/2 cup baking soda then follow with 1 cup vinegar. Let bubble – wait 10 to 15 minutes. Flush drain with boiling water.

5) Soak toothbrushes in equal parts baking soda and water overnight. Rinse.

6) Your combs and brushes get squeaky clean in a mixture of warm water and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Soak, rinse, dry.

7) Sprinkle in the bottom of the laundry hamper to keep it smelling fresh until laundry day. Of course, at my house that’s every day!

8) And a pinch to a gallon of brewed iced tea to remove bitterness.
9) For a fluffy omelet, add 1/2 teaspoon to 3 eggs.

10) To wash fresh vegetables and fruits, mix 1/4 cup baking soda to a sink of cool water. Wash and rinse. This costs much less than buying produce wash.

11) To remove water rings from wood furniture, make a paste of baking soda and toothpaste. Dip a soft cloth in mixture and rub furniture gently.

12) Here’s a quick way to fill small nail holes in dry wall – use a mixture of baking soda and toothpaste. Fill hole and let dry. Sand when hardened, then paint.

And for a Baker's Dozen: Check the expiration date on your box of baking soda because it does become ineffective. Mix a small amount in a little white vinegar - if it fizzes, it's good. If not, dispose of it.

This is just the tip of the baking soda iceberg! There are many more uses, and I’m sure you’ve found others.

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for reading!

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