More Uses For Baking Soda

on Friday, 29 April 2016. Posted in Cleaning Tips and Advice

Here are some handy ideas for using Baking Soda (around the home and much more).

Outdoor:

To get that weathered look on a wooden deck, scrub with a mixture of 1 gallon water to 2 cups baking soda.  Make sure to test a small area first as it can affect stains or finishes.

Suntan oil stain on your deck?  Try sprinkling a good amount of baking soda on the spot.  Let it set for awhile then sweep away.  Repeat if necessary.

Workshop and Garage:

We know to clean oil-based paint from brushes to use paint thinner.  So now we must clean the paint thinner off, soak  in warm water and baking soda.

Stiff or hardened brush?  Boil them in 1/2 gallon water, 1 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup of vinegar.

Keep roaches away by laying down a barrier of baking soda under sink-pipe opening.  After they eat the baking soda they will dehydrate.  

For oil spot(s) on garage floor try pouring a little paint thinner on are(s) and cover it with baking soda.  Let it sit overnight then sweep and dispose of.  Or use the baking soda alone.

Taking care of the car:

Apply a light baking soda paste on a damp cloth to remove bugs and tar from the body of the car withour damaging the paint.

For an inexpensive car wash solution combine 1/2 cup liquid detergent, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 gallion of water. Use one cup of this solution per one pail of warm water.

To clean vinyl car seats sprinkle baking soda and scrub them clean with a damp sponge.  Then rinse with a clean damp sponge.

Try sprinkling baking soda on fabric seats and carpet before heading to the car wash or to use a professional car-vac machine. Then just vacuum it up. Your car will smell nice and fresh.

How does your garden grow:

All flower thrive in alkaline soil. So occasionally water them with a weak baking soda solution.

When growing a tomato plant, sprinkle baking soda lightly on the soil surrounding the plant.  It discourages pests and sweetens the tomatos.

To discourage rabbits from your flower bed lightly sprinkle baking soda arounds the beds.  Use only occasionally.

Make a safe pesticide by combining 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1/3 cup cooking oil.  From this measure 2 teaspoons with 1 cup of water and fill a plant sprayer.  Or try 6 tablespoons baking soda and a gallon of water and spray on garden plants. Another option is to combine 1/2 cup baking soda with a few drops of liquid detergent and 1 quart of water.  Spray occasionally and early evening is best.

For those pesky weeds or grass that grow in sidewalk crack sprinkle baking soda on the cement and sweep it into the cracks.  The excessive sodium in the soda does the trick.

To clean the bird bath safely clean it by sprinkling it with baking soda. Then take a damp cloth or brush and scrub away the scum.  Rinse it well and refill with water. There will be no toxic residues.

Instead of using commercial package solutions on cut flowers, dip them in a solution of baking soda and water.

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