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In the kitchens of our mothers and grandmothers, there was always a pack of baking soda in stock for all occasions. Now we are increasingly buying expensive household chemicals and forgetting the good old proven means. It's time to remember them: after all, soda not only does an excellent job of quick cleaning, being a gentle abrasive and natural deodorant, but also free of those chemical dyes and fragrances that can be found in advertised liquids and powders.
Fast cleaning with baking soda
So, soda can:
- Clean out burnt pots and pans. Burnt the cutlets? It's not scary, it happens to everyone. If you cannot clean off the stuck food, put a saucepan or frying pan to boil with a soda solution, at times trying to pry off the carbon deposits with a wooden spatula so as not to damage the coating. Usually 5-10 minutes after boiling, it begins to retreat.
- Save plastic food containers from odor and grease. Dishwashing detergent can remove the smell of food stored in it, but leave its own in return. Soda solves the problem more delicately. Simply put some baking soda on a sponge and wipe the container or soak it with a solution: four tablespoons of baking soda per liter of warm water.
- Remove odor from refrigerator or linen closet as good as coffee grounds (see "Troubled Coffee Leaves").
- Wash fruits and vegetables from sticky dirt and wax. The habit of producers of waxing fruit leads to the fact that many people cut off the apple peel - and there is so much good in it! Just bathe the apple in a soda solution and eat it to your health.
- Defeat almost any kitchen dirt. The countertop, steel sink, microwave, range hood and kitchen utensils will appreciate a baking soda wipe. And you will learn the secret of fast cleaning.
- Eliminate musty odors from upholstery and carpets. Deodorizing soft surfaces in an apartment is simple: you need to spray a little soda on the carpet or furniture, let it work for 15 minutes, and then vacuum everything.
- The same goes for dog bedding! Sprinkle, wait 15 minutes, vacuum.
- Help with washing. Both whites and colors after washing will be brighter if you add a little baking soda. When combined with a liquid detergent, it helps balance the pH level to make clothes cleaner.
- Fight mold in the bathroom. If you are familiar with this misfortune - again, soda is in a hurry to help! Molds can be removed from the tub, tiles, sink and shower curtain with a damp sponge and baking soda.
- Remove blockage. Pour half a glass of baking soda into the drain, and then pour half a glass of vinegar there. Cover the drain with a damp cloth to prevent bubbling. Wait five minutes and wash off with hot water.
- Take care of your shoes. Put some baking soda in your sneakers and let stand, then shake out the baking soda (along with the smell of yesterday's workout).
- Make the trash can behave. If you put a little baking soda on the bottom of the bin, the waste will smell much less (especially in summer, in the heat).
- Gasoline spilled in the garage? Baking soda comes in handy here too: wipe the concrete floor with a damp baking soda brush.
- Make tarnished jewelry and silverware shine again. This is easy to do by making a paste with three parts baking soda for one part water. Rub your jewelry with this paste using a lint-free cloth (paper can leave scratches) and rinse with water. So soda is an irreplaceable assistant in quick cleaning of an apartment!