baking soda http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/2681/all en-US The Awesomeness of Sodium Bicarbonate: 27 Uses for Baking Soda http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesomeness-of-sodium-bicarbonate-27-uses-for-baking-soda <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-awesomeness-of-sodium-bicarbonate-27-uses-for-baking-soda" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5702097019_1eb1e1bcbe_z_0.jpg" alt="baking soda" title="baking soda" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The use of baking soda &mdash; or sodium bicarbonate as its known in the science world &mdash; dates back to the ancient Egyptians, who used it as cleansing agent. Today, however, we use baking soda in lots of ways, from making delicious chocolate chip cookies to whitening our teeth and myriad more applications. So before you open that box of Arm &amp; Hammer and stuff it in the back of the fridge, take a few minutes to consider how else you can put baking soda to use around the house with these 27 ideas. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-%E2%80%9Cyuck%E2%80%9D-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom From &quot;Yuck&quot; to &quot;Yes!&quot;</a>)</p> <h2>1. Use as a Natural Deodorant</h2> <p>Instead of handing over several dollars for an expensive name-brand deodorant, pat your pits with baking soda to eliminate body odor.</p> <h2>2. Use as an Antacid</h2> <p>If you suffer from heartburn or indigestion, drink a solution of baking soda (1 to 2 teaspoons) and water (8 oz.) after dinner.</p> <h2>3. Soothe Insect Bites</h2> <p>Apply baking soda directly to affected areas to soothe the stinging or itching sensation associated with insect bites.</p> <h2>4. Soak Oral Appliances</h2> <p>Dissolve 2 teaspoons of baking soda in a glass of warm water to soak oral appliances like dentures or retainers. The baking soda will help loosen food particles and reduce odor. After soaking overnight, brush the appliance with baking soda.</p> <h2>5. Foot Soak</h2> <p>Substitute baking soda for Epsom salt when your little piggies have had a hard day. Let your feet soak, and then gently scrub them.</p> <h2>6. Freshen Sponges</h2> <p>Stinky sponges smelling up your kitchen? Soak them in a solution of baking soda (4 tablespoons) and water (1 quart) to breath new life into them.</p> <h2>7. Polish Silver</h2> <p>Make a paste of three parts baking soda and one part water and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-silver-naturally">rub onto tarnished silver</a> with a clean cloth. Rinse and dry thoroughly.</p> <h2>8. Clean the Oven</h2> <p>Forget about the harsh chemicals the next time you need to clean the oven. Instead, sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your oven and spray it with water until it&rsquo;s damp. Let the baking soda sit overnight, then clean it out with ease using a sponge or towel.</p> <h2>9. Deodorize Trash Cans</h2> <p>A sprinkle of baking soda in the bottom of your cans will help <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breathe-easy-10-natural-air-fresheners">quell offensive odors</a>.</p> <h2>10. Put Out Fires</h2> <p>Use baking soda on small household fires &mdash; especially in the kitchen &mdash; to extinguish them quickly and efficiently.</p> <h2>11. Use as a Face Wash</h2> <p>Mix baking soda with honey to create an all-natural, healthy face scrub that&rsquo;s gentler on your skin that store-bought exfoliants.</p> <h2>12. Treat Acne</h2> <p>Make a paste using baking soda and water and spot-apply it to unwanted blemishes.</p> <h2>13. Settle Your Stomach</h2> <p>The natural alkaline in baking soda helps neutralize acid that causes stomachaches. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-natural-remedies-for-stomach-pain">When your tummy hurts</a>, drink a glass of water mixed with a teaspoon of baking soda.</p> <h2>14. Relieve Diaper Rash</h2> <p>If you baby suffers from diaper rash, soak him or her in a small tub mixed with two tablespoons of baking soda to help soothe and heal the irritated skin.</p> <h2>15. Soothe a Jellyfish Sting</h2> <p>Rub baking soda to the area of skin that was stung by a jellyfish to help draw out the poison.</p> <h2>16. Add to a Vaporizer</h2> <p>Adding 2 teaspoons of baking soda to a vaporizer will help freshen the air, so you can breathe cleaner and better.</p> <h2>17. Keep Flowers Fresh</h2> <p>Add a teaspoon of baking soda to a vase of water to help keep flowers fresh longer.</p> <h2>18. Reduce Foot Odor</h2> <p>Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your stinky gym shoes to chase the odor away.</p> <h2>19. Repel Rain on Windshields</h2> <p>Rub your windshield with baking soda, then rinse it off to create a surface that repels rain, so you can see better.</p> <h2>20. Restore Stiff Brushes</h2> <p>If you have brushes whose bristles have hardened, save them by placing them in a pot of boiling water mixed with a tablespoon or so of baking soda. The bristles will loosen and the brush will return to working order in about five minutes.</p> <h2>21. Kill Roaches</h2> <p>Mix baking soda and powder sugar to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unexpected-roommates-how-to-get-rid-of-roaches">kill roaches</a>. Place the mixture on small lids where the vermin congregate. The sugar will attract the pests, while the baking soda will poison them.</p> <h2>22. Freshen Kitty Litter</h2> <p>If the scent of kitty business permeates your home, try mixing the litter with baking soda to draw out some of the stench.</p> <h2>23. Defeather Chicken</h2> <p>Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a pot of water intended for boiling a chicken to help remove any lingering feathers.</p> <h2>24. Remove Marks From Vinyl</h2> <p>If you have a kid who likes to color on your vinyl surfaces, calm your nerves knowing that a solution of baking soda and water will wipe away the unsightly marks.</p> <h2>25. Clean a Coffee Maker</h2> <p>Fill your coffee carafe with a quarter-cup of baking soda and one cup of warm water. Swirl the solution around so the baking soda dissolves a bit, then pour the solution into the reserve tank of the coffee pot. Place the carafe back under the dripper and run the coffee pot. When the dirty baking soda-water solution has run its course, clean the carafe, fill it with clean water, add it to the reserve tank, and run the coffee pot once more. Clean the carafe and replace.</p> <h2>26. Boost Your Laundry Detergent</h2> <p>Pour a half-cup of baking soda into the wash if you use liquid detergent to give the stain-fighting power a boost.</p> <h2>27. Make a Sports Drink</h2> <p>If you like sports drinks but hate paying the high prices, consider making your own using baking soda. <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5170355/make-your-own-sports-drink">This recipe for a homemade sports drink</a> includes, water, baking soda, table salt, salt substitute, and sugar. You also can add your own flavors to help make the medicine go down.</p> <p><em>What other uses do you have for baking soda? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesomeness-of-sodium-bicarbonate-27-uses-for-baking-soda">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-shampoo-the-baking-soda-experiment">DIY Shampoo: The Baking Soda Experiment</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-uses-for-salt-besides-seasoning">21 Uses for Salt (Besides Seasoning)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-alternative-uses-for-lemons">25 Alternative Uses for Lemons</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Health and Beauty Home baking soda cleaning supplies natural cleaner Wed, 19 Sep 2012 10:36:42 +0000 Mikey Rox 954553 at http://www.wisebread.com Schedule Regular Fridge Cleanings to Prevent Food Waste http://www.wisebread.com/schedule-regular-fridge-cleanings-to-prevent-food-waste <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/schedule-regular-fridge-cleanings-to-prevent-food-waste" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/open_fridge.jpg" alt="Man looking in his fridge" title="Man looking in his fridge" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="156" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It is a job no one likes to do &mdash; especially in my house &mdash; but with the price of groceries steadily rising, cleaning your refrigerator needs to be a weekly task to prevent food from going to waste. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/household-cleaning-hacks-that-save-you-money">Household Cleaning Hacks That Save You Money</a>)</p> <p>When refrigerators are messy and remain unclean for a long period of time, two things are going to happen:</p> <ol> <li>Leftovers get pushed further to the back each day and are forgotten about quickly.</li> <li>Smells and food gases can ruin otherwise good food by making it taste funny or outright causing spoilage.</li> </ol> <p>Here are some tips for keeping your fridge a priority in your weekly cleaning schedule.</p> <h3>Start Heavy</h3> <p>It likely will take one good cleaning to get you back on track for an effective maintenance schedule. Take a few hours of a weekend, and then commit to one weekend every month to ensure the refrigerator is in good condition. Remember that regular cleaning will help extend the life of your appliance and keep repair and replacement costs down.</p> <h3>Get Everything Out</h3> <p>Remove every object residing in the refrigerator. If you don&rsquo;t have enough counter space, use cardboard boxes to house your foods until the cleaning job is done. Next, remove all racks and drawers. You can place them outside near the hose, or in a bathtub or utility tub. Spray shelving with a bleach solution, or a natural cleaner if you prefer, that will disinfect and sanitize the components of the refrigerator.</p> <h3>Sanitize</h3> <p>Use a bucket containing half bleach and half hot water, and a clean sponge. Start at the top of the refrigerator and scrub all of the walls, ceiling, and remaining shelving. You can use an old toothbrush to get into the hard-to-reach areas. You will need to pick up debris with a paper towel, then repeat the washing process to ensure the interior space is clean. You can then wipe down the entire inside with a clean cloth and warm water, especially any components that are rubber or soft plastic (bleach can cause the disintegration of these materials). The bleach is necessary because the dampness of the refrigerator&rsquo;s interior can cause the growth of mold and mildew. After the interior of the refrigerator is cleaned, tackle the shelves and racks in the same way. Once they have been cleaned, rinsed, and dried, place them back into the refrigerator.</p> <h3>Sort and Organize</h3> <p>Clean out your bucket, add fresh hot water, and get a new sponge or cloth. Start sorting the items you took out of your refrigerator. Select the jars and other objects that go back on the door shelves. Clean each bottle and jar off with a damp cloth before putting it back in the refrigerator, checking dates of expiration as you go. Toss all expired foods and group similar items together. This will help you know exactly what you have on hand and what you need to purchase from the store. Many times consumers overspend at the grocery store on supplies they already have.</p> <h3>Add Baking Soda</h3> <p>Baking soda is cheap and very effective at eliminating odors in the refrigerator and freezer. Put a baking soda box in the back of the refrigerator in a place less likely to be disturbed daily to prevent spillage. Replace the box every 30 days, and write the date you added it to the fridge on the box to help you remember. Add a note on the calendar too.</p> <h3>Develop a System</h3> <p>In order to keep up with refrigerator maintenance, arm your pantry with some necessary items including freezer bags, permanent markers, and more baking soda. As you add food back to the refrigerator, mark the date you made it and what it is, if necessary. Select one day each week when the refrigerator should be cleaned. It may be ideal to select the day before garbage is collected so the expired food doesn&rsquo;t sit around the house for long. When that day comes, reorganize food items and throw out spoiled leftovers. Use a pre-moistened cleaning wipe to tackle spills and wipe down exposed areas weekly.</p> <h3>Buy Only What You Need</h3> <p>At the grocery store, buy only what your family can eat within the week, unless you can freeze it. The less you buy, the less chance the food will go to waste. You should get a basic idea of how much your family eats and what is left over after a typical seven-day time period. Use the information to shop accordingly. You&rsquo;ll save not only money, but also the frustration of seeing <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/waste-not-want-not-stop-throwing-away-your-food">wasted food</a> being dumped into the trash week after week.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tisha-tolar">Tisha Tolar</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/schedule-regular-fridge-cleanings-to-prevent-food-waste">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/curing-warts-removing-splinters-and-19-other-bizarre-uses-for-banana-peels">Curing Warts, Removing Splinters, and 19 Other Bizarre Uses for Banana Peels</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-uses-for-stale-bread">17 Uses for Stale Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-cool-uses-for-a-blender">14 Cool Uses for a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-lifespan">6 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Lifespan</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink General Tips baking soda cleaning tips food waste refrigerator cleaning Wed, 29 Jun 2011 09:48:11 +0000 Tisha Tolar 600372 at http://www.wisebread.com DIY Shampoo: The Baking Soda Experiment http://www.wisebread.com/diy-shampoo-the-baking-soda-experiment <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/diy-shampoo-the-baking-soda-experiment" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bakingsodawb.JPG" alt="baking soda" title="baking soda" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="173" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pop, fizz went the sound as the baking soda and vinegar mixed together to create a volcano-like effect. Most times this experiment is conducted in science classrooms across the country, but today the experiment was in the shower. More specifically: in my hair.</p> <p>Baking soda and vinegar have long been touted to have great cleaning properties, but never did I think that they could clean hair. That was until my girlfriend attended a Mom's group where the speaker who'd had breast cancer at 30 years old clued the group to the <a href="http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/">cosmetic safety database</a>.</p> <p>Stunned by all the shampoos and conditioners with high toxicity, I decided to research the options. The problem was that the ones that scored low on the toxic index were high on the price index, and as a seasoned frugalite I had to believe there was an alternative.</p> <p>Someone mentioned that they had used baking soda before, and so I decided to try it. All you need is 1/8 cup of baking soda mixed with warm water each time you wash your hair, and at $1 or less a box, the amount needed per time is in the pennies. Still, could it really remove all the dirt?</p> <p>For a week I used it solely in place of my shampoo and conditioner. While I know that sometimes even something that doesn't feel clean is helping my hair, could rubbing something like sand into my hair really help? After more research I learned that you've got to give it at least a week to see results, so I kept plodding on, all the while unsure it was working and putting up with a weird dry feel. I've got to say that at the end of week two, I wasn't convinced. My hair felt like straw and didn't smell much better. I was tired of the no-sudsy feeling I was getting while washing that makes me feel like something is working, so I gave it up as a failed experiment. Until...</p> <p>I was tempted to try it again for a blog experiment with lots of other people watching. This time I'd use 1/2 cup of vinegar, as well as the baking soda, as recommended by another reader. This is supposed to prevent dryness and was worth a shot for sure.</p> <p>Well, gag me now if vinegar in the shower isn't the last thing I want to smell while relaxing, but it did help. I stunk at science, and I guess I just didn't realize the effects of the baking soda and vinegar, but I liked it a lot. Somehow all that fizzing and popping made me feel like it was working. Although it didn't smell sweet like shampoo, nor did it smell like vinegar once rinsed &mdash; and it certainly wasn't dry.</p> <p>All in all, I much preferred washing with the vinegar, even though the stench was a little much. It's non-toxic, incredibly cheap, and my hair looks and feels the same as when using a regular shampoo. I can honestly say I liked the experiment and have a new love for one of the world's oldest cleaning ingredients. According to Wikipedia, even the ancient Egyptians loved it and used it as soap.</p> <p>If you'd like to try it, here are the directions I used (there are two options):</p> <ul> <li><strong>Wash with baking soda regularly.</strong> Those who do this say they experience a short period of their hair feeling really dry and straw-like. You should give it at least 2 weeks.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Wash with baking soda a few times a month</strong> to get rid of shampoos, conditioners and stylers that build up. Honestly, this is probably what I'll be doing from now on. I do love the smell of my shampoo and am not sure I'm ready to give that up yet.</li> </ul> <h3>The Recipe</h3> <p>1. Mix this in small plastic container:</p> <ul> <li>1/2 cup baking soda</li> <li>3 cups of warm water</li> </ul> <p>These two ingredients will make a lot of &quot;shampoo&quot; so just use a little each time and then after you've washed with the baking soda mix, rinse with 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar.</p> <p>2. However often you wash your hair, wash it with the mixture.</p> <p>3. It won't suds up and will feel a little weird to begin with &mdash; it will also fizz and pop.</p> <p>4. Rinse and dry as normal.</p> <p><em>Tell us what your experience with baking soda and/or vinegar shampoo was like.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a guest post by Clair Boone. She bought diapers for 20 cents a pack and earned the applause of the cashier checking her out. Over the past year, Clair's money-saving tips has helped thousands of people all over the U.S. save hundreds of dollars. Read more articles by Clair at her blog, <a href="http://www.mummydeals.org/">Mummy Deals</a>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.mummydeals.org/2009/01/why-i-do-my-own-hair-coloring.html">Save Around $400 Per Year by Doing Your Own Hair Coloring</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.mummydeals.org/2010/01/my-ink-cartridge-just-cost-me-mere-2.html">My Ink Cartridge Just Cost Me a Mere $2</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.mummydeals.org/2009/11/upromise-helping-you-save-for-your-kids.html">Upromise: Helping You Save For Your Kid's College</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clair-boone">Clair Boone</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-shampoo-the-baking-soda-experiment">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesomeness-of-sodium-bicarbonate-27-uses-for-baking-soda">The Awesomeness of Sodium Bicarbonate: 27 Uses for Baking Soda</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alternative-uses-for-everything-in-your-bathroom">Alternative Uses for Everything in Your Bathroom</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-uses-for-salt-besides-seasoning">21 Uses for Salt (Besides Seasoning)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Health and Beauty Home baking soda shampoo Vinegar Wed, 24 Mar 2010 13:00:04 +0000 Clair Boone 5961 at http://www.wisebread.com How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes! http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/toothbrush.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">I&rsquo;ll admit it.<span>&nbsp; </span>I don&rsquo;t always practice what I preach.<span>&nbsp; </span>I love the idea of greener, simpler cleaning products.<span>&nbsp; </span>I&rsquo;m also addicted to those chemical-laden cleaning products that instantly transform a foul bathroom into something more shiny and apple-scented.<span>&nbsp; </span>I know that what I&rsquo;m paying for isn&rsquo;t as safe or as economical as those natural and cheap remedies that often contain vinegar or baking soda.<span>&nbsp; </span>I just needed to try it.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Frustrated by the dark black residue that was taking over my tile grout, I resolved to do something about it - today.<span>&nbsp; </span>With 3 little boys in the house, it was impossible to keep my bathroom clean for very long, and the years of mud, sand, and you-know-what had left permanent reminders of their rambunctiousness.<span>&nbsp; </span>Simply put, I had white tile and black grout.<span>&nbsp; </span>It was really bringing me down.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I took a quick inventory of my bathroom cleaning supply.<span>&nbsp; </span>Toxic, toxic, and even more toxic was the order of the day, but I had a headache, and didn&rsquo;t feel like putting on my rubber gloves and handkerchief.<span>&nbsp; </span>I grabbed a box of baking soda from the cabinet.<span>&nbsp; </span>It had been successfully keeping my husband&rsquo;s teeth whiter than usual, so it had to work on grout, right?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I dumped a bunch in a bowl, added just enough water to make a &ldquo;paste&rdquo; and went to work, carefully placing an even amount of paste down each line of grout.<span>&nbsp; </span>Then I took the most frayed-looking toothbrush from the toothbrush holder (sorry, Kylin) and began brushing where I applied the paste.<span>&nbsp; </span>Three words entered my mind:<span>&nbsp; </span>&ldquo;What the _____ ?&rdquo;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&nbsp;</span>I couldn&rsquo;t believe the results.<span>&nbsp; </span>Less than a minute after I put the stuff on, I had sparkling (no kidding) white grout in the areas I cleaned.<span>&nbsp; </span>A bit of water rinsed it right off, and when my toddler came busting through the door to use the can, I didn&rsquo;t have to scream at him to avoid the toxic run-off from my cleaning project.<span>&nbsp; </span>(It was, after all, just baking soda.)<span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img alt="baking soda treated floor" title="Baking Soda Treated Tile" width="500" height="375" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u148/baking_soda_1.jpg" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;<em>(Small area of bathroom tile after baking soda treatment&nbsp; See how dark the &quot;before&quot; areas are?) </em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;Just for fun, I used some actual high-powered bathroom tile and grout cleaner, designed for such a task.<span>&nbsp; </span>It burned my eyes as it came out, and after 5 minutes of setting on a reserved area of grout, took some of the black stuff off &ndash; kind of &ndash; with a lot of scrubbing.<span>&nbsp; </span>Afterwards, I felt dirty, and considered hiring a HAZMAT team to rinse off my bathroom floors.<span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img alt="Chemical Floor" title="Chemical Floor" width="446" height="336" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u148/chemical_floor.jpg" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;<em>(Bathroom floor after chemical cleaner. The cleaner didn't get into every bit of the grout, leaving it looking cracked.)</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The choice for me was clear.<span>&nbsp; </span>All-natural, really effective grout cleaner for under a buck at my local grocery store (and the cost of a trashed toothbrush)?<span>&nbsp; </span>Or that $4 specialty poison that works almost as well and leaves me coughing and frightened for the little toes that walk over it days later?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Is it really even a choice?<span>&nbsp; </span></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-cheap-and-easy-formulas-for-homemade-windshield-de-icer-plus-bonus-tips">3 Cheap and Easy Formulas for Homemade Windshield De-Icer (Plus Bonus Tips)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-twinkies-and-other-secret-recipes-by-the-food-cloner-dude">“Make your own Twinkies” and other secret recipes by the Food Cloner Dude.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-self-tanning-lotion-and-5-other-fabulous-diy-tips-from-the-web">Make Your Own Self-tanning Lotion and 5 Other Fabulous DIY Tips from the Web</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-soda-tidy-a-room-in-three-minutes-cure-a-hangover-and-become-a-movie-extra-phew">How To Make Your Own Soda, Tidy A Room In Three Minutes, Cure A Hangover And Become A Movie Extra. Phew!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Life Hacks DIY General Tips Green Living baking soda bathroom cleaning Mon, 29 Sep 2008 15:47:10 +0000 Linsey Knerl 2467 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Secret Homemade Stain Removers That Kick Butt http://www.wisebread.com/secret-homemade-stain-removers-that-kick-butt <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/secret-homemade-stain-removers-that-kick-butt" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000005929173Small.jpg" alt="red wine spill" title="red wine spill" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stains. Since having kids I've noticed that my house is full of them. In the carpet, on <a title="16 Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer Without Spending Big" href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-clothes-last-longer-without-spending-big">clothes</a>, on furniture, even on my teeth (yes, I had to drink a lot of coffee to keep me awake during those night feeds). But what I hate more than stains is paying $5 for a stain remover that never seems to do what it says on the box. &quot;Surely there are better products I can make at home, using things I already have&quot; I thought. And boy was I right.</p> <p>I spent hours trawling the various expert sites and video libraries trying to find the perfect homemade remedy for each and every stain I wanted to zap into oblivion. My list was a long one but I knew with a little perseverance and a lot of time I could find the solutions. I did, and now I'm sharing them with you. (See also: <a title="14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips" href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a>)</p> <p>I can testify that these have all worked in my household (except #6, you'll see why), but your level of success will depend on your stain and the length of time you've had it. Best of all, most of the simple ingredients needed are almost certainly in your home already, so you won't need to spend an extra dime.</p> <h3>1. Mayo + Cigarette Ash = No More Water Stains</h3> <p>Amazing. This really did work so well. Now, I'm not suggesting you all become smokers, if you need the ash you can collect it from the smoker's room at work or simply buy a small pack and let a few burn down.</p> <p><object height="353" width="425" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,29,0"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/592QTdw3DOg" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="menu" value="false" /> <param name="wmode" value="" /><embed height="353" width="425" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/592QTdw3DOg" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></p> <h3>2. The Alka Seltzer Rust Remover</h3> <p>OK, that's probably not a stain if you want to split hairs, but I had some items that were rusted solid. I found out that a simple plop, plop, fizz, fizz was all it took to turn rusty bolts into lightening bolts.</p> <p><object height="360" width="425" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,29,0"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/524908/how_easy_rust_remove_and_stain_jewellery_removal.swf" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="menu" value="false" /> <param name="wmode" value="" /><embed height="360" width="425" src="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/524908/how_easy_rust_remove_and_stain_jewellery_removal.swf" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></p> <h3>3. Carpet Steam-Cleaner</h3> <p>Why spend your hard-earned cash on a SpotBot or even a carpet cleaning product like Tuff Stuff? Just a towel, an iron and a few household items will do the job for you.</p> <p><object height="360" width="425" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,29,0"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/716477/remove_carpet_stains_with_ease.swf" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="menu" value="false" /> <param name="wmode" value="" /><embed height="360" width="425" src="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/716477/remove_carpet_stains_with_ease.swf" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></p> <h3>4. White Wine for Red Wine Stains</h3> <p>I always wondered if that urban legend about white wine zapping red wine was true. Now you can see for yourself.</p> <p><object height="385" width="480"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/68T8kJgxtK4&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed height="385" width="480" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/68T8kJgxtK4&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p> <h3>5. Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide Teeth Whitener</h3> <p>How much does it cost to whiten your teeth? Anywhere from $5 for those toothpastes that don't work, to several hundred dollars for dental work. This one costs almost nothing and works well, but please, don't leave it on for longer than 20 minutes and do rinse thoroughly. Don't swallow.</p> <p><object height="349" width="425"> <param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/-0fClODnLSQ?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" name="movie" /> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><embed height="349" width="425" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/-0fClODnLSQ?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"></embed></object></p> <h3>6. Killing Face Stains (Acne) With Baking Soda</h3> <p>Is that a stretch? Yeah, you got me, but I thought it was worth including. Especially as professional acne products can cost hundreds of dollars. This one, I confess, was not tried by myself or my family but a friend. He was very, very happy with the results.</p> <p><object height="385" width="640"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/lJcc7BOY8JQ&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed height="385" width="640" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/lJcc7BOY8JQ&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p> <p>Now you can enjoy a stain-free house and keep your wallet nice and fat. Enjoy.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-homemade-stain-removers-that-kick-butt">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/household-cleaning-hacks-that-save-you-money">Household Cleaning Hacks That Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">254 Uses for Vinegar. And Counting.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-you-remove-stains-from-almost-anything">Here&#039;s How You Remove Stains From Almost Anything</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-household-products-vinegar-can-replace">30 Household Products Vinegar Can Replace</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home baking soda cleaning remedies stains Fri, 07 Sep 2007 04:09:54 +0000 Paul Michael 1117 at http://www.wisebread.com