Friday, May 25, 2012

Green Cleaning—General Uses for Baking Soda

Frugal Friday

So many cleaning products on the market are full of dangerous chemicals that can harm both the environment and your health.  They are also expensive.  So why not look to the past for both inexpensive and healthier alternatives?  Over the next few weeks, we're going to look at ways to use common household products to clean your home.  This week, we'll look at using baking soda in the around the house.

·         Using a 2:1 ratio of baking soda to vinegar, use on aluminum shower door frames.
·         Sprinkle baking soda onto a cut lemon to use on brass.
·         Use baking soda on wet spills on the carpet.  After the baking soda absorbs the liquid, sweep it up.  Then mix baking soda and water to clean the area.  Dry thoroughly before vacuuming.
·         Use baking soda with warm water to clean up vomit on carpets.
·         Mix with water to remove crayon stains.  Rinse thoroughly with hot water.
·         Mix with warm water to clean floors.
·         Sprinkle inside rubber gloves to slip them on easier, and absorb odors and moisture.
·         If you spill a liquid on a book, sprinkle baking soda on the pages, then let them dry in the sun.
·         Mix with warm water to wipe down vinyl chairs.

Always test items in inconspicuous areas before cleaning.

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