If you don’t always want to clean your bath straight after you get out of it, that’s no problem. Just sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda into the water before you pull the plug and your bath will be as clean as you are.
Bicarbonate of soda is perfectly safe for all surfaces, and a couple of drops of essential oil added to the cleaning mix will add extra freshness, so no need for harmful air sprays. give lemon, pine or tea tree a try.
If you have to defrost your freezer, wipe it over inside with a solution of four tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda one pint of warm water. Wipe over all surfaces and dry before turning it back on.
Sinks come up sparkling and bright when you clean them with bicarbonate of soda. Use dry on a damp cloth, or make up a paste with soda and water, and use like a cream cleaner.
To erase stains on laminate worktops, such as Formica, use a thick paste of bicarbonate of soda and rub gently until the offending mark disappears. Rinse well to remove the white residue. If that doesn’t fix it, squeeze some lemon juice onto the stain, leave for around half an hour, then add a little dry soda to the lemon. Rub with a sponge, rinse clean and dry.
Use a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water to remove tea and coffee stains from ceramic and melamine cups. Leave the solution in the cup for a while, then rub and rinse. So much more ecological than bleach, and it doesn’t leave an aftertaste.
To remove seriously burnt on food boil a strong solution of Bicarbonate of Soda in the pan for about 10 minutes. This should soften up the burnt food sufficiently for you to scrub it away with some dry soda on a damp scourer. Don’t use this tip on non- stick pans!
Don’t return home to a smelly dishwasher. Sprinkle a little bicarbonate of soda into the empty machine and leave the door slightly open. It will be a delight to come back to!
Keep your washing up gloves fresh by sprinkling a little bicarbonate of soda into them when you take them off. Not only will it absorb dampness and keep them fresh for next time, they will also glide on and off like a dream.
Keep a bowl of Bicarbonate of Soda close to the sink. If you encounter a stubborn stain, dip your washing-up cloth in and scrub. This works on glass, plastic, crockery and pans; but don’t use on non stick finishes!