Friday, May 4, 2012

Green Cleaning—Using Baking Soda in the Kitchen

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 kitchen.

·       Baking soda in various strengths can be used in the kitchen for cleaning.  The more dried on the food, or the greasier the spot, the stronger the solution should be.  Baking soda can be used in a food processor or blender, the garbage can, oven, stovetop, dishwasher, or coffeemaker.
·      Baking soda is also good for deodorizing.  Use it in baby bottles, your refrigerator, your drain, water bottles, vacuum flasks, garbage disposal.  Always wash and rinse thoroughly with warm, soapy water after deodorizing.
·        Make a paste to clean coffee stains from mugs.
·        Wipe stainless steel appliances with a baking soda mixture to remove stains and spots. 
·        Combine with vinegar to clean cast iron skillets/casseroles.
·        Remove melted plastic bags from counters or appliances with a water/baking soda solution.
·        Do NOT use on non-stick pans.
·        Note:  Make sure all appliances and pots/pans are cooled off before cleaning.

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