Grimy metal furniture can be brought back to life by cleaning with a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water on a damp cloth. then polish with a piece of baking foil, wipe down with a clean damp cloth and dry carefully with kitchen paper.
Furniture that is painted white can quickly lose its brightness. Bring it up like new by wiping faded items over with a solution of two tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda to one pint of warm water. Rinse and dry.
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.