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10 household uses for baking soda (Bicarbonate of soda):

1.   Pour some soda in water and use to clean fruit and vegetables by soaking in the water. Remember to rinse well afterwards.

2.   Use a damp cloth dipped into baking soda to clean your fridge and freezer.

3.   To deodorize leave an open container of baking soda in your fridge or freezer.

4.    Add enough soda to a small tub of water to make a paste and with a small, clean paintbrush, brush over the sides and bottom of your oven and grill and allow to dry. To clean up any burned-on food simply wipe off with a damp cloth.

5.    Baking soda is great for making stainless steel and chrome shine. Dip a damp cloth into dry baking soda and rub into the chrome or stainless steel, remembering to scrub into the direction of the grain. Rinse and dry. The same method applies when cleaning plastic, glass, silverware or porcelain.

6.  To eliminate odours sprinkle dry baking soda into shoes, boots, slippers and socks.

7.   Make a paste of soda and water and use to remove stubborn stains from marble, Formica or plastic surfaces.

8.   Use a damp cloth dipped into dry baking soda to clean your bathroom and kitchen sinks.

9.   Cover the bottom of your kitten’s litter tray with dry baking soda and cover with cat litter to remove litter smells.

10. For badly burned pots and pans put a thick paste of baking soda and water onto the bottom of the pan. Leave overnight and scrub it clean the next day.

 
 
 

10 household uses for (white distilled) vinegar:

1.  To clean and deodorize your microwave, place a cup of water with 1/4 of vinegar into your microwave and bring to the boil. Wipe clean with a clean cloth.

2.   To stop windscreens frosting in the morning mix 3 parts vinegar with 1 part of water and pour over car windows the night before.

3.  To remove scorch marks from the bottom of your iron, mix vinegar with equal amounts of salt and run over a cool (but not cold) iron.

4.   Limescale: To help deter the build up of lime in your kettle pour in 1/2 cup of vinegar and 2 cups of water. Rinse out with warm water while the kettle is still hot. Vinegar and water will also clean your kettle.

5.  Windows: Use neat vinegar to clean your windows and either newspaper or paper towels to dry them.

6.  Bathroom: To clean the bath/sink wipe the surface with vinegar and scrub it with baking soda.

7.  When decorating mix equal amounts of water and white vinegar and apply with sponge to soften the wallpaper paste.

8.  Use undiluted vinegar in a spray can to clean grout in-between kitchen and bathroom tiles.

9.   Showerhead: To remove the build up of limescale from a showerhead pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar into a sandwich bag, tie it round the showerhead and let it set for an hour. When the bubbling has stopped, remove the bag and rinse.

10.  Never use white distilled vinegar on marble.

 
 
 

 

10 household uses for lemon:

1.  Microwave: The easiest way to clean your microwave is to put 2 or 3 slices of lemon into a bowl of water and place into the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute and then wipe with a clean damp cloth.

2.  Ants: To keep ants at bay pour lemon juice around the area where the ants roam.

3.  Limescale: Rub a slice of lemon over taps to remove limescale.

4.  Chopping boards: Rub lemon juice into your wooden chopping board, leave overnight and then rinse. Wood chopping boards appear to have anti-bacterial properties anyway, but the lemon will help kill off any remaining nastiness and neutralize odors.

5.  Glass and mirrors: 4 tablespoons of lemon juice mixed with half a gallon of water makes an effective window cleaner.

6.  Rubbish bins: Put lemon rind in your rubbish bins to freshen the smell.

7.  Drains: To keep your drain smelling fresh pour hot water and lemon juice down a drain.

8.  Work surfaces: To remove stains from a work surface leave lemon juice to sit on the stains for a few minutes and with the help of a little baking soda scrub the stained area.

9.  Clothing stains: If you pour lemon juice onto white clothing and leave them to dry in a sunny area, the stains should disappear.

10.  Rust: Rub half a lemon or fresh lemon juice against the rust area, leave for 30 minutes and clean with a damp cloth.

 
 
 

10 household uses for salt:

1.  Eggs: Add two teaspoons of salt to a cup of water. If the egg is rotten it will float. If you drop an egg onto the floor, pour salt over it, leave it for 30 minutes and wipe it up.

2.  Cups: Rub mugs and cups with salt to remove coffee and tea stains.

3.  Tiles and glass: To bring the shine back to tiles and glass clean with salt mixed with water.

4.  Washing up: Sprinkle salt into hot water and use instead of washing up liquid. Remember to rinse the dishes afterwards.

5.  Metal: Sprinkle salt on to half a lemon and rub onto the metal. Rinse and then polish with a clean cloth.

6.  Oven spills: Sprinkle salt over oven spills leave for 30 minutes and wipe it up.

7.  Iron: Run the iron over a sheet of waxed paper with salt sprinkled over the top to remove starch off a nonstick soleplate.

8.  Dust: To clean dust from delicate dry items sprinkle salt over and carefully shake.

9.  Thermos: Put a dozen ice cubes and 1/4 cup of salt into a thermos, coffee pot or a glass vase. Stir the mixture around and leave for 30 minutes, fill with cold water and then rinse.

10.  Enamel: Mix salt with turpentine and use on enamel baths, toilets and sinks that are tarnished yellow. Leave the mixture for 15 minutes and wipe clean with a damp cloth.

 

 

 

 

 


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