Around 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