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{June 5, 2011}   Uses for Baking Soda

What do you use baking soda for?  Other than a tsp for baking.  I was at a friend’s house Friday and she was pulling towels out the washing machine to put in the dryer; however, they still stank and she had the “ick” look on her face and said she hated stinky towels and had to wash them over and over again to get the stench out.  They own a pool, so towels pile up every where thanks to the kids.  I told her to sprinkle some baking soda into the machine when she washes and it will take the smell out.  45 minutes later she was amazed–she didn’t know that.  I learned that from my Grandmother and also because I cloth diaper Mr. L and it gets the ammonia and baby poop smell out.  I then told her that you can use baking soda for:

– getting stinky smells out of wash;

– cleaning stuck on food on your stainless steel sink;

– sprinkle it on the couch if your kid pees or pukes, wait for it to dry and then vacuum up.  Same for mattresses;  and

– carpet freshing.

I also told her that white vinegar is useful for:

– fabric softner, put some in a downy ball and it will soften your laundry;

– a green disinfectant;

– window cleaner; and,

– boil a boil of water with vinegar in it in the microwave to remove the stuck on grease, the salad dressing smell will go away as the vinegar evaporates.

So, what do you use baking soda and white vinegar for?  And what other unconventional items to you use for cleaning?  I use a can of coke for stubborn toilet bowl rings and then clean with white vinegar to disinfect the toilet. =)


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