Friday, May 11, 2012

Green Cleaning—Using Baking Soda in the Bathroom

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 bathroom.

·         Removable shower traps can be soaked in baking soda and warm water.  Adding vinegar increases its effectiveness.
·         Make a paste of baking soda and vinegar, then use a rag to wipe soap scum off the shower and sink.  Rinse with cold water.
·         Use the same paste for wiping the base of your faucets.
·         Pour baking soda into your toilet bowl and let sit for a while.  Stains should disappear.
·         Make a paste of two parts baking soda to one part vinegar.  Using an old toothbrush, scrub the pink mildew off your tile and grout.
·         Sprinkle baking soda into your toilet tank once a month.  Let sit overnight, then flush for freshness.
·         If you store damp items like facecloths, rags or old toothbrushes under the sink, place an open box of baking soda under your sink to absorb the odors.
·         Make a paste of 2:1 baking soda and vinegar, then use a damp rag and solution to clean the scum off your shower doors.  Use an old toothbrush to get into the corners.
·         Take down your shower curtain, sprinkle 4 or 5 tablespoons of baking soda on a brush, then wipe down the curtain in your bathtub.  Rinse with hot water and hang to dry.

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