Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Wonders of Baking Soda Part III

Baking Soda Throughout the House
 10 Ways to freshen up

What you'll need:

Baking soda
Assorted other common ingredients

Shampooing your carpet 
1/2 cup baking soda w/ 1 gal warm water in a bucket. Sprinkle additional baking soda on specific stains. *always test for colorfastness*
Carpet Stain Removal

Sprinkle the stain immediately with baking soda. Leave on until wine or other liquid absorbed, then vacuum up residue.
Fresh those carpets!
Monthly, sprinkle plain baking soda before going to bed and vacuum in the morning. Or for an overnight deodorizing, add this to your carpet: 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup cornstarch and 15 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Rid fleas from your carpet
Sprinkle one cup baking soda with 15 drops of rosemary, pennyroyal, or citronella pure essential oil and leave on overnight. Vacuum in the morning.

Prevent ice slips and falls
Sprinkle baking soda on your front steps and walkway. It will provide traction and melt the ice.

Maintain pH in your septic tank
Wash a cup of baking soda down your drain one a week. pH is important to break down waste and liquify. Also it helps prevent concrete corrosion.

Eliminate smoke odors on upholstery in car or home
Sprinkle generously with baking soda and let set for several minutes before vacuuming.

Freshen mops and household rags
Mix 4 tbsp of baking soda per quart of warm water to soak mops and rags, rinse and let dry.

Keep your suitcase fresh inside
Sprinkle inside of suitcase with baking soda before storing away for your next trip

Reduce ashtray odor
Sprinkle a small bit of baking soda in the bottom of the ashtray

Tips from Baking Soda: Over 500 Fabulous, Fun, and Frugal Uses You've Probably Never Thought of by Vicki Lansky 
 Part IV Coming soon and involves the closets and laundry. Subscribe so you don't miss it!


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