Bedroom, living room and hall:
• Deodorize your closet by placing an opened box of baking soda on a shelf.
• Clean children’s toys with the aforementioned basic mixture and a sponge. Rinse and let them dry.
• Deodorize stuffed animals with a light dusting of baking soda; let it sit 15 minutes, then dust or vacuum it off.
• Freshen shoes with a light dusting of baking soda on the inner soles.
- Use the basic mixture and a sponge to clean all kitchen surfaces.
- Rid your fridge or pantry of odors by placing an opened box of baking soda on a back shelf.
- Dust your stainless steel sink with baking soda and scrub for a sparkling shine.
- Deodorize trash cans and recycling bins with a sprinkling of baking soda on the inside of the cans. Every now and then, rinse the cans with 1 cup of baking soda dissolved into 1 gallon of warm water.
- Get your silver sparkling with a paste made from 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water.
- For stubborn stains on plastic storage containers, soak for 15 minutes in 4 parts baking soda and 1 part warm water. Scrub, rinse and dry.
- Rid your fruits and vegetables of dirt and insecticides by washing them in a sink full of water and ¼ cup of baking soda, then rinse.
- Remove baked-on residue on pots and pans by sprinkling on baking soda. Add warm water and dish soap, let soak for 15 minutes and wash clean.
- Extinguish small cooking fires by sprinkling baking soda directly onto the fire.
• Brighten your clothes by adding 1 cup of baking soda to the wash.
• For extra-fluffy sheets and towels, add ½ cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle.
• Banish stains with a paste made from 6 tablespoons of baking soda and ½ cup of warm water. Apply to the stain, rub and launder. For the toughest stains, let the paste sit for one or two hours. (Always check for color fastness.)
• Freshen babies’ burp cloths by sprinkling on baking soda, rubbing it in and washing as usual.
• Clean floors with a bucket of warm water and ½ cup of baking soda.
• Use the basic mixture to clean your bathroom surfaces or sprinkle dry baking soda on tough-to-clean stains.
• Clean hairbrushes and combs once per month by soaking them in warm water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
• Deodorize and clean the toilet with a sprinkling of baking soda on the inside of the bowl; scrub and flush.
• For rust stains in the shower, sink or toilet bowl, pour in 1 cup of vinegar and ½ cup of baking soda. Scrub and rinse.
- Before storing your patio furniture for the winter, clean it with baking soda and a wet sponge.
- Clean grime and mildew off pool toys with the basic mixture.
- Blast oil and grease stains in the garage or driveway by pouring baking soda directly on them. Scrub with a wet brush and rinse.
- Battle icy walkways with a sprinkling of baking soda.