Bi-Carb SodaAround The House

  • Remove dry ink strains by covering strain with a paste of Bicarb and water.  Allow paste to dry and then rub off.
  • Brighten dull silver by dipping it into a boiling solution of water and two teaspoons of Bicarb.
  • Remove unpleasant or musty odours from rooms by placing a container of charcoal sprinkled liberally with Bicarb in the room.
  • One tablespoon of Bicarb and half a cup of vinegar helps clear blocked drains.  Allow the mixture to effervesce and then pour down the sink along with a kettle of boiling water.  Put plug in quickly and leave for two hours.
  • One cup of Bicarb tipped down the toilet each week will improve a septic system by creating a favourable pH level for better sewage digestion.  Also helps reduce odours.
  • To remove coffee or other liquids spilt on carpet, just pour Bicarb onto the affected area and vacuum/brush when dry.  Also works for fabric upholstery.

In The Laundry

  • To whiten old linen, soak in water adding one tablespoon of Bicarb.
  • To brighten shirt collars, rub in paste of Bicarb and vinegar before washing.
  • To soften jeans, place two dessertspoons of Bicarb into 2.5 litres of hot water.  Leave overnight, rinse, then wash as usual.
  • Halve the amount of bleach you use by adding a full cup of Bicarb.
  • Clean the bottom of an iron with a paste of Bicarb and water.


  • For fluffy rice, add one teaspoon of Bicarb.
  • Use one teaspoon of Bicarb, and one desert spoon of vinegar, to replace two eggs in fruit or ginger cakes.
  • A pinch of Bicarb, and whipped cream will stay fresh longer, and cream puffs are lighter.
  • Make self-raising flour – add 30g of Bicarb, 60g cream of tartar, and two teaspoons of salt, to 3kg plain flour.
  • For sour milk in a recipe, add half a teaspoon of Bicarb to 150ml of fresh milk.  Also a good buttermilk substitute.

In The Kitchen

  • Freshen bottles, thermos and vacuum flasks with boiling water and two teaspoon of Bicarb.  Leave overnight.
  • Clean inside ovens with a paste of Bicarb and water.  Turn oven on to gently dry then rub lightly with scourer.
  • Use damp cloth and Bicarb to polish glass oven door.
  • Half cup of Bicarb to water and liquid detergent removes grease and fat off dishes.
  • Deodorise dishwasher by sprinkling Bicarb over dishes.
  • Clean microwave ovens without scratching by using Bicarb on a damp cloth or sponge.
  • Soak cooking utilities in Bicarb solution, before washing, for easier cleaning.

In The Bathroom

  • Bicarb will clean bathroom surfaces clean, shiny and deodorised when applied with a damp cloth.
  • Keep teeth and dental plates white by using a paste of Bicarb and water.
  • Pour Bicarb into toilet bowl to keep it fresh and clean.
  • For soft clean skin and a refreshing bath, add half a cup or more of Bicarb to the water.

Post courtesy of Dale doing a clean-up of his blog posting queue.  Original source unknown