Uncommon frugal living uses for bicarbonate of soda.
If you use your dishwasher less than once a day, toss a handful of soda into the bottom between washes, it will stop stale smells building up.
If you have stubborn stains on your washable wallpaper, mix some soda and water together to make a paste and use it to rub the stain off. Always test the paste on an inconspicuous patch of wallpaper first to make sure that the soda does not affect your wallpaper.
if you have white painted furniture that looks a little grubby, wash it down with a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and water (1 tablespoon of soda to 2 pints of warm water). It will bring the shine and whiteness back to the furniture and make it smell fresh too.
To get rid of grease and food build up in the grill and on oven racks, soak them in a solution of 4 tablespoons of soda to 2 pints of water. For stubborn stains, use the soda dry and rub with a damp sponge.
Dogs have a nasty habit of getting themselves dirty and a bit smelly after a good play in the park. To combat both the smell and the dirt, wash your dog in a bath of water with 2 tablespoons of soda. It can also be used for a dry shampoo in between washes to get rid of nasty doggy smells.
Simply rub some of the dry soda through the fur with your fingers and then brush well out afterwards. This is a cheap way to keep your pets clean all year through without the need to buy special pet products.
For sunburn and over heated or irritated skin, add a handful of soda to a warm bath. Don't forget to take a small bag of soda away with you on holiday in case of sunburn.
Rub a paste of soda and water into the socks before normal washing. It will bring back the whiteness and get rid of the nasty smells too.
Clean stubborn mildew stains off of shower curtains by scrubbing them with a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water.
Tea stains are hard to get off and after a while your teapot will have a nasty brown stain inside which isn't very appealing. To get rid of this stain, rub the inside of the pot with a paste of soda and water, then fill with warm water and a little soda and leave to soak.
(Tips from Readers Digest Practical Problem Solver)
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