2. BAKING SODA
Deodorize. Baking soda is your No. 1 tool to absorb household odors: Pour a dusting of baking soda into each new garbage can lining; sprinkle baking soda on carpet odors, wait 10 minute, then vacuum. Or leave dishes of baking soda in strategize spots to absorb odors.
Whiten. Baking soda’s other most useful aspect is its ability to whiten. To bring back shine to porcelain sinks, cover the entire sink in a thin layer of baking soda and let sit for 10 minutes or more. Mix with a small amount of water to create a paste and scrub porcelain. To clean bathtubs, sprinkle the entire tub with baking soda, then with a layer of coarse salt, then scrub. The baking soda gives whitening power while the salt lends scrubbing power.
Polish silverware. Line a glass baking pan with aluminum foil, then add silverware. Sprinkle silverware with ˝ cup baking soda, then pour boiling water into the pan until the silverware is completely immersed. Soak for five minutes; rinse and dry silverware.
Remove scuff marks from the floor. Sprinkle the marks with baking soda and wipe clean with a warm, damp cloth.
Remove caked-on food from pots and pans. Sprinkle dirty dishes with baking soda, add water and let them soak for a few hours. The baking soda will loosen the caked-on food.
Remove dirt and grease from clothes. Add ˝ cup of baking soda to the wash cycle.
Kill mildew. Combine baking soda with vinegar or hydrogen peroxide to create a paste; apply to bathroom grout, let stand for 30 minutes, then scrub.
Put out grease fires. Small fire in the kitchen? Douse it with a box of baking soda.
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