Sunday, April 12, 2009


My grandmother had some unique uses for simple products like baking soda. She never had an under the sink counter like mine. When I open the doors to the awful mess under there of dish soap, dog shampoo, cleanser, dish washer soap, window cleaner, copper/brass/silver cleaner, rug cleaner, air freshener, rug freshener, sponges, etc., I think about all the money I have wasted when I could have used Mama's easy remedies.
  • Clean your cutting board by sprinkling with baking soda, then add vinegar and watch it bubble, rinse with hot water.

  • You can sprinkle baking soda on a sponge and rub into wood or other porous surfaces to remove garlic, onion, and any other food odors-rinse with water.

  • Make your own scouring powder by mixing 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup borax, 1 cup salt. Put in a container that you can sprinkle and use as you would any other scouring powder.

  • Baking soda removes many stains, such as coffee/tea stains, juice, and mustard.

  • Clean and shine your toaster with a paste of baking soda and water.

  • Mix equal parts creamy peanut butter and baking soda to shine your chrome appliances.

  • Add 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 drop dish soap to your blender fill to half with water, put lid on and blend briefly. Rinse and dry.

  • Make a paste of baking soda and water and rub it on your hands to get rid of the odor of garlic and onions.

  • Put a little baking soda in your rubber gloves and they will slide right on, keep dry and smell real good.

  • Baking soda is a wonderful nonabrasive cleaner for stainless steel sinks.

  • Pour 1 cup of baking soda in the drain, then microwave 1 cup of vinegar and pour it down the drain. Wait 10 minutes and pour a quart or two of boiling water down the drain. It is very good for the environment if you use natural products instead of caustic chemicals.

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