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Mash up two fresh strawberries and mix with two teaspoons of baking soda. Brush teeth twice a week with mixture. It takes a couple of weeks, but I did notice a difference. It's natural and simple.
By Marilyn D. from Gilroy, CA
The other day, I was in my local big box discount store, walking by the coffee making machines, you know, the Mr. Coffee type. On the shelf I saw a box of coffee machine cleaner. It cost $4.99, for an 8 oz. container. The active ingredient was sodium carbonate - baking soda. The instructions said to use 1 level tablespoon per 4 cups of water.
So, I put 3 tablespoons of baking soda in the carafe with 12 cups of cold water and ran it through the Mr. Coffee. I then ran 3 cycles of plain water through the machine. Guess what, my machine runs like new. The coffee (which had begun to taste bitter) is just as good as it was the day I bough the machine. So, save yourselves some money and use plain, old, cooking baking soda instead of paying $4.99 for the sodium carbonate.
By Jack from Peotone, IL
I use baking powder to reduce odors in my laundry. Use about 1/8 to 1/4 cup per load and the laundry will smell okay. The amount can be changed depending on your need.
By Bea W.
I buy a 99 cent clear plastic drink "shaker" at Wal Mart with a detachable lid and flip top and fill it with a box or two of baking soda.
Please be careful as usual this Fourth of July and always take along a box of baking soda in case any small fire starts. Baking soda will put it out quickly. I keep one in the car also.
Baking soda and lemon juice works like baking soda and vinegar to do your drains. It's the same chemical reaction and it smells good. I discovered out of curiosity and a tree full of lemons.
When making ice tea I add a good pinch of baking soda to the water along with the tea bags. By adding the baking soda, the tea won't become cloudy and have a bitter taste.
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What is the item and amounts that you add to baking soda to clean bathroom and kitchen drains?
By Sandy M.
When I clean my kitchen drain, I use 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup white vinegar. Put the baking soda in the drain and follow with the vinegar. When it stops foaming, pour in a pot full of boiling water, followed by cold water. Hope this helps.
This is a page about using baking soda as a facial scrub. Make a simple and effective facial scrub with baking soda.
This is a page about cleaning your teeth with baking soda. Baking soda can do an amazing job at both cleaning and whitening your teeth.
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Baking Soda is a great way to clean coffee pots and coffee cups. Just make a paste with baking soda and water, scrub and rinse.
You can also use bicarbonate of soda (in Australia bicarb soda) to clean burnt pots and pans.
All you have to do is sprinkle a liberal amount on the burnt parts and fill with water and put it on the cooktop to boil. Leave it to boil for at least 10 minutes and then scrub off the burnt offerings. It usually works for me unless it is beyond redemption.
By Bev In Western Australia
Baking soda is touted as an amazingly frugal cleaning product and it is. But be careful when you rinse it down the drain or the toilet. Baking soda, especially when mixed with hot water, solidifies. I once had a plumber come in after my husband and I could not unstop a kitchen sink which backed up and would not clear. (We lived in New York at the time.) The plumber broke one snake and had to get another and it took 2 hours to cut through the rock that the baking soda had become in the pipe. I had been using just a little baking soda once a week or so to clean the sink and counters for only three months when this happened!
Allison from Arizona
I agree with the baking soda and vinegar, however, I would not recommend pouring boiling water down the drain if you have plastic pipes. (08/30/2007)
I pour boiling water down my plastic drain all the time and have never had a problem. I think the drains and pipes are made of something very tough as not only am I using boiling water, I am also using Drain-O! I will try this recipe, though. I like using natural products. especially vinegar and baking soda. (08/31/2007)
By Lisa Austin
Going to try this. BTW, boiling water down the drain won't hurt this kind of plastic pipe. It is very thick and sturdy. (09/01/2007)