Baking Soda ...
1. Facial scrub. Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub on skin in a circular motion. Rinse clean.
2. Freshen your mouth. Put one teaspoon of baking soda in a half glass of water then swish, spit and rinse.
3. Treat insect bites. Make a paste out of baking soda and water and apply to affected area.
4. Clean brushes and combs. Remove oil build-up and hair products by soaking combs and brushes in a small basin of warm water with 1 teaspoon of baking soda in it. Rinse and allow to dry.
5. Soothe your feet. Dissolve 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a warm bath. Let feet soak and gently scrub.
6. Clean the microwave. Apply baking soda to a clean, damp sponge and scrub out the microwave. Rinse well with water.
7. Clean the oven. Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the oven. Spray baking soda with water and let sit overnight. In the morning, scrub and wipe away residue.
8. Hand wash dishes, pots and pans. Add 2 heaping tablespoons of baking soda (in addition to your regular detergent) to the dish water to help cut grease and remove foods left on dishes.
9. Clean sponges. Soak smelly sponges in 4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm water.
10. Polish Silverware. Make a baking soda paste with 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Rub onto silverware with a clean cloth or sponge and rinse thoroughly.
11. Clean floors. Add 1/2 cup baking soda to a bucket of warm water. Mop floor and rinse clean.
12. Clean furniture. Apply baking soda to a damp sponge and rub lightly. Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.
13. Remove oil and gas stains. Sprinkle baking soda on stain and scrub with a wet brush.
14. Boost liquid laundry detergent. Add a 1/2 cup of baking soda to laundry to help clothes get cleaner, fresher and brighter.
15. Clean shower curtains. Sprinkle baking soda directly on a damp sponge. Scrub the shower curtain and rinse clean.
16. Clean cloth diapers. Dissolve 1/2 cup of baking soda in 2 quarts of water and soak diapers thoroughly.
17. Clean batteries. Baking soda can neutralize battery acid corrosion on cars, mowers, etc. because it is a mild alkali. To clean, disconnect the battery terminals. Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water and apply with a damp cloth and scrub corrosion from the battery terminal.
18. Freshen your fridge. Place an opened box of baking soda in your refrigerator to neutralize odors.
19. Deodorize trash cans. Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your trash can to help cut smells and odors.
20. Extinguish fires. For small cooking fires, turn off the gas or electricity if possible. Stand back and throw handfuls of baking soda at the base of the flame to help put out the fire.
21. Fruit and veggie scrub. Sprinkle a little baking soda on a damp sponge, rub on fruit/veggies and rinse.
22. Remove marks from walls. Create a paste with 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water and use to scrub walls and remove crayon and other marks.
23. Remove grunge from grills. Sprinkle baking soda on your grill and scrub with a brush. Wipe clean with a damp rag.
24. Septic care. Regular use of baking soda in your drains can keep your septic system flowing freely. One cup of baking soda per week will maintain a good pH balance in your septic tank.
25. Clean baby toys. Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 quart of warm water. Soak toys and rinse well.
26. Clean counters. Sprinkle baking soda on your counter and scrub with a damp sponge. Wipe clean with a damp rag.
27. Deodorize and clean dishwashers. Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your dishwasher and run as usual.
28. Freshen rugs. Sprinkle baking soda on rugs and let sit for at least 15 minutes. Shake rugs clean or vacuum off.
29. Brighten dull floors. Dissolve 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of hot water. Mop and rinse for shiny floors.
30. DIY bathroom scrub. Mix 1/4 cup baking soda with 1 tablespoon liquid detergent. Add a little vinegar to give it a creamy texture and use to clean your tubs and sinks.
31. Brush pet teeth. Sprinkle baking soda on a toothbrush and use to safely brush your pet's teeth.
32. Sunburn relief. Mix baking soda with a little water and apply to sore areas to soothe pain.
33. Fight dandruff. Massage scalp with a handful of baking soda to slough off dry skin.
34. Deodorize garbage disposals. Pour baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water.
35. Freshen breath. Mix a little baking soda in a small cup of water and gargle to freshen breath.
36. Clean toothbrushes. Soak bristle end of toothbrushes in a mixture of 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup baking soda. Let sit overnight and rinse.
37. Make fluffier omelets. Add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda for every 3 eggs.
38. Deodorize lunch boxes. Between uses, place a spill-proof box of baking soda in lunch boxes to absorb odors.
39. Repel rain. Sprinkle baking soda on your windshield and wipe away to help repel rain.
40. Remove insecticides. Fill your sink with water and mix in 1/4 cup of baking soda. Wash fruits and vegetables in the water to safely remove insecticides.
41. Fresh smelling drawers. Pour some baking soda into a sock and tie the top in a knot. Keep the filled sock in your drawer to help keep it fresh smelling.
42. Check soil acidity. Soil needs to be acidic for plants and vegetation to grow properly. To check if your soil is acidic enough, mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with 2 cups of water then stir in 1 cup of soil. If the mixture bubbles, then your soil is acidic enough.
43. Relieve itchy skin. Sprinkle baking soda in a bath tub filled with warm water and add 1/4 cup of baby oil to help soften and relieve itchy skin.
44. Deodorize drains. To deodorize sink and tub drains, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water.
45. Freshen patio furniture. Sprinkle patio furniture and cushions with baking soda before storing them for the winter to help them stay fresh smelling until summer.
46. Resist split ends. Add a little baking soda to your conditioner and lather in your hair to clean and help prevent split ends.
47. Poison ivy relief. Mix baking soda with a little water and apply to affected area to soothe skin.
48. Unclog drains. Pour one cup of baking soda followed by one cup of hot vinegar to unclog a drain.
49. Keep away weeds. Sprinkle baking soda on cracks in your driveway and sidewalk to help prevent weed growth.
50. Deodorize the cutting boards. Sprinkle cutting boards with baking soda, scrub and rinse.
51. Razor burn relief. Rub a paste of baking soda and water on irritated area.
52. Clean finger and toe nails. Dip a nail brush in baking soda and scrub to clean nails and soften cuticles.
53. Make bubbling bath salts. Mix 2 1/2 cups baking soda, 2 cups cream of tartar and 1/2 cup cornstarch. Mix together and store in a container. Use 1/4 cup in each bath.
54. Remove calluses. Massage a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water on heels/feet to smooth rough calluses or heels.
55. Deodorize recyclables. Sprinkle baking soda on top as you add to the container. You can also sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge, wipe clean and rinse.
56. Remove odor from hands. Remove the smell of fish, onion or garlic with a solution of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water or liquid soap. Rinse off and dry.
57. Exfoliate elbows and knees. Make a paste with baking soda and water and rub on elbows and knees to remove dry skin.
58. Revitalize your feet. Soak tired feet in a basin fill with warm water and 3 tablespoons of baking soda.
59. Chlorine remover. Rinse hair with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 pint of water to remove dullness or discoloration in hair caused by chlorine.
60. Remove odor from carpets. Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet. Let sit overnight and vacuum up in the morning.
61. Relieve body odor. Mix a cup of baking soda in a bathtub filled with cool water will help cause body odor causing bacteria to go away. Bathe as usual.
62. Fill holes in the wall. Mix white toothpaste and baking soda together. Fill in the holes and allow to dry.
63. Freshen the smell of your car. Fill your ashtray with baking soda to neutralize and freshen the air in your vehicle.
64. Polish chrome. Make a paste of baking soda and water, dip a rag in it, rub it on chrome and wipe off for a shiny polished look.
65. Deodorize your wash. Smelly clothes can be neutralized with 1/2 cup of baking soda in the rinse cycle of your wash.
66. Remove water rings and spots. Make a paste with baking soda and water and combine with a little toothpaste. Dip a soft cloth in the paste and rub away rings and spots from wood.
67. Freshen up fireplaces. Clean all ashes out of your fireplace and place a bowl filled with baking soda inside of it to remove unwanted odors.
68. Remove bean bloat. Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda in your water when soaking beans to remove what causes gas and bloat when eating them.
69. Remove hair buildup. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda in with your shampoo and wash as usual to remove unwanted buildup.
70. Whiten teeth. Dip your toothbrush in baking soda before every brushing and brush teeth as usual to white teeth naturally.
71. Freshen closets. Place an open box of baking soda on a shelf to keep the closet smelling fresh.
72. Remove sauce stains. Make a paste of baking soda and water and scrub on plastic containers stained with red sauces to remove stains.
73. Melt the ice. Sprinkle baking soda on icy steps and sidewalk to help melt ice and provide traction.
74. Remove sweat stains. Make a paste of baking soda and water, spread on stain, let sit for an hour and wash as usual.
75. Acne clearing mask. Make a paste of baking soda and water, spread on face, let sit for 5-7 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
76. Clean retainers or dentures. Sprinkle baking soda on a toothbrush and brush retainers or dentures then rinse under water.
77. Clean burned on food off pots and pans. Fill pots and pans with hot water, sprinkle in a few teaspoons of baking soda, and let sit for 10 minutes before washing.
78. Remove odors from vacuum cleaners. Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and vacuum up to remove odors inside your vacuum.
79. Remove grease stains from garage floors. Sprinkle baking soda on the grease to absorb the oils, scrub and rinse.
80. Clean marble. Add 3 teaspoons of baking soda to a quart of warm water. Dip a clean cloth in the water and wipe down marble.
81. Clean shoes. Make a paste of baking soda and water, apply to shoes, scrub with a sponge or rag and wipe off.
82. Freshen stuffed animals. Sprinkle baking soda on toys and let sit for at least 15 minutes before brushing or vacuuming off.
83. Deodorize cars. Eliminate odors settled into car upholstery and carpet by sprinkling baking soda onto fabric seats and carpets. Wait at least 15 minutes, and vacuum up.
84. Clean and deodorize toilets. Add a cup of baking soda to a toilet, let sit for and hour and flush to clean and freshen.
85. Clean stinky pets. Sprinkle baking soda on your pets fur and brush through to help deodorize fur and hair.
86. Sweeten tomatoes. Sprinkle baking soda in the soil surrounding your tomato plants to give them a sweeter flavor.
87. Repel bugs. Sprinkle baking soda along basement windows and under sinks to repel cockroaches and ants.
88. Deodorize kitty litter. Cover the bottom of the kitty litter pan with baking soda and fill as usual. You can also sprinkle baking soda on top of litter.
89. Protect your garden. Sprinkle baking soda around your garden and vegetables to keep rabbits and other animals from eating them.
90. Fix stiff brushes. Boil brushes in 1/2 gallon of water, 1/4 cup vinegar and 1 cup of baking soda.
91. Deodorize smelly dish rags. Soak dish rags in a warm container of water and baking soda.
92. Make modeling clay. Mix baking soda with 1/4 cup of water and 1 cup of cornstarch until it reaches a clay like consistency.
93. Deodorize pet bedding. Sprinkle bedding liberally with baking soda, wait at least 15 minutes then vacuum up.
94. Freshen the air. Mix baking soda with your favorite perfumed bath salts, place in small breathable fabric bags and place around your house.
95. Relieve jelly fish stings. Apply paste of baking soda and water to a jelly fish sting to draw out the venom.
96. Relieve diaper rash. Add 2 teaspoons of baking soda to baby's bath water to help relieve diaper rash.
97. Freshen up stinky shoes. Sprinkle baking soda into shoes when not in use. Shake out before wearing.
98. Longer lasting flowers. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water in your vase with fresh cut flowers to help them live longer.
99. Unclog stuffy noses. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the water in your vaporizer to help clear stuffy sinuses.
100. Freshen linens. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle in your washing machine for fresher sheets and towels.
101. Relieve heartburn. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to 1/2 cup of water and drink to neutralize stomach acids.
Coffee filters .... Who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for almost nothing... even the large ones!
1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.
2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome... Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.
3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.
4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.
5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.
6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.
7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.
8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.
9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.
10. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.
11.. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.
12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters..
13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them. It soaks out all the grease.
14. Keep in the bathroom. They make great "razor nick fixers."
15. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.
16. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.
17. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.
18. Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.
19. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.
20. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies.. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.
21. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.
22. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.
23. Use them to sprout seeds.. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout.
24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book..
25. Use as a disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc.
Not just for coffee!
Did you know???
(borrowed from another poster ...)
1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair
2. Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish
3. Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes
4. Mayonnaise will KILL LICE, it will also condition your hair
5. Elmer's Glue - paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads if any.
6. Shiny Hair - use brewed Lipton Tea
7. Sunburn - empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water
8. Minor burn - Colgate or Crest toothpaste
9. Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!
10. Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too
11 Bee stings - meat tenderizer
12. Chigger bite - Preparation H
13. Puffy eyes - Preparation H
14. Paper cut - crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures at most hospitals)
15. Stinky feet - Jello !
16. Athletes feet - cornstarch
17. Fungus on toenails or fingernails - Vicks vapor rub
18. Kool aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet. (Wow, and we drink this stuff)
19. Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint also Kool Aid in Dannon plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won't hurt them if they eat it!
20. Peanut butter - will get scratches out of CD's! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper
21. Sticking bicycle chain - Pam no-stick cooking spray
22. Pam will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in your garage for your hubby
23. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls
24. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on
25. Heavy dandruff - pour on the vinegar !
26. Body paint - Crisco mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the microwave, pour in to an empty film container and mix with the food color of your choice!
27 Tie Dye T-shirt - mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak
28. Preserving a newspaper clipping - large bottle of club soda and cup of milk of magnesia , soak for 20 min. and let dry, will last for many years!
29. A Slinky will hold toast and CD's!
30. To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste
31. Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the salt.
32. To remove wax - Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.
33. Remove labels off glassware etc. rub with Peanut butter!
34. Baked on food - fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener and the static from the Bounce towel will cause the baked on food to adhere to it. Soak overnight. Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets , soak overnight!
35. Crayon on the wall - Colgate toothpaste and brush it!
36.. Dirty grout - Listerine
37. Stains on clothes - Colgate toothpaste
38. Grass stains - Karo Syrup
39. Grease Stains - Coca Cola , it will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from car batteries!
40. Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax- sprinkle and let stand for 24 hours. Maybe this will work if you get them back again.
41. To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox , or 2 Bayer aspirin , or just use 7-up instead of water.
42. When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you 'squeeze' for freshness or softness? Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie.
Monday = Blue,
Tuesday = Green,
Thursday = Red
Friday = White
Saturday = Yellow.
So if today was Thursday, you would want red twist tie; not white which is Fridays (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue- Green - Red - White - Yellow, Monday through Saturday. Very easy to remember. I thought this was interesting. I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors. You learn something new everyday! Enjoy fresh bread when you buy bread with the right color on the day you are shopping.
Don't forget Gatorade for Migraine Headaches.
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Around the kitchen ....
Small ice cubes melt way too fast too often.
So, make longer lasting ice cubes - use a clean muffin tin.
Pop them out easily by running the back of the tin under hot water for no more than 30 seconds.
(Sometimes doesn't take that long.)
Bundt Pan = Vertical Roaster
Layer potatoes, carrots, onions on the bottom of the pan.
Season chicken according to taste.
Place in pan with the cavity over the center hole.
Set Bundt pan on cookie sheet (to collect any drippings).
Roast. 350* until juices are clear, and veggies are done.
(I roast chicken on about 300* - takes longer, but it is more tender to us.)
Wash empty squeeze ketchup bottle.
Fill with pancake batter.
Squeeze onto hot griddle - size of pancakes preferred.
Easy to correctly size and shape pancakes. :-)
With the holidays coming -
and then the packing away again after -
Bake cookie dough on upside down muffin tins - delicious ice cream bowls!
Not just a Valentine idea - but anytime to show a little extra love.
Organize those cleaners - a tension rod and voila` ...
I have done this for taking cupcakes to kids' school parties.
Also, instead of frosting to top them off - use a scoop of ice cream :-)!
A Velcro strip attached to the wall will help keep the soft animals up off the floor ... sigh - wish I had thought of this when my kids were little ...
Storing sheets and extra pillowcases within a pillowcase - makes a neat and organized closet ... easy to grab and go ... keeps all matching ones together.
Momma says ...
1. Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.
2. Use a meat baster to “squeeze” your pancake batter onto the hot griddle and you’ll get perfectly shaped pancakes every time....
3. To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.
4. To prevent eggshells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling.
5. Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies treats in the pan and the marshmallow won’t stick to your fingers.
6. To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.
7. To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on the stovetop.
8. Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces and there won’t be any stains.
9. When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won’t be any white mess on outside of the cake.
10. If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it’s still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant “fix me up.”
11. Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
13. Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it.
14. When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn’s natural sweetness.
15. To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh, but if it rises to the surface, throw it away.
16. Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
17. Don’t throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.
18. If you have a problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.
19. Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.
20. To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.
21. Ants, ants, ants everywhere … Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.
22. Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer. *Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous china. *Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets. *Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes. *Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary). *Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.
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- like all the time!
Thought someone else might find them useful.
These were taken from various sources around the Internet.
NOT my works.
While I have tried many of these,
I have not tried them all.