Bicarbonate of Soda: This very versatile substance was first recognised by bakers as being beneficial in bread making. When added to the ingredients it caused carbon dioxide to be trapped in the mixture resulting in the dough rising. It has since been used for making cakes and other dough based products.
Other than baking, Bicarbonate of Soda also has many other uses around the home. It is an excellent odour neutraliser, cleaning agent and is safe when used for the relief of acid indigestion and constipation. Read on to see the versatility of Bicarbonate of Soda.
In the Kitchen
Ovens: To clean your oven, make a paste of Bicarbonate Of Soda and vinegar for a fast-acting powerful cleaner that tackles the worst baked-on stains.
Microwaves: Wiping out your microwave oven with a Bicarbonate of
Soda and water paste will remove stubborn stains while deodorising at the same time.
Cat iron pans: if you have cast iron pans, you can remove rust spots with a thick paste of vinegar and Bicarbonate of Soda. Scrub with a dishcloth and then rinse with hot soapy water.
Pans: remove stains from pots and pans using a wet cloth or sponge sprinkled with a little Bicarbonate of Soda. Caution – using this method on non stick pans could harm the specially treated surface.
Fridges: do you have stain streaks down the back of your refrigerator which you thought might never come out? Make a paste of one cup of Bicarbonate of Soda, half a cup of vinegar and two tablespoons of salt. Gently rub the paste on the stains and watch them disappear!
Cleaning silver: making a thick paste of three tablespoons of Bicarbonate of Soda and one tablespoon of water works great for polishing silverware, especially between the grooves and in the little decorative areas of your silverware.
Dustbins: sprinkling Bicarbonate of Soda in the bottom of refuse bins and into bin bags will keep garbage smells from invading your home in-between municipal bin cleans.
Rubber gloves: here is a great tip. Sprinkle a little Bicarbonate of Soda inside your rubber gloves each time you finish using them. This helps to slide them on easily and prevents them from getting smelly from hand perspiration.
Barbeques: for a great barbeque clean, a thick paste of vinegar and Bicarbonate of Soda with a scrubbing brush will quickly loosen grease, dirt and grime on the interior and exterior of your grill.
Bird baths: regularly clean your bird bath with water and Bicarbonate of Soda paste, rinse well with clean water. This will keep the bath fresh and mould free. Bicarbonate of Soda leaves behind no chemical residue that might be harmful to the birds that visit.
Paintbrushes: paintbrushes which have gone hard can be softened again by soaking overnight in a solution of one litre hot water, a quarter cup vinegar and a cup of Bicarbonate of Soda. Rinse well the next day for a ready-to-use-again, restored paintbrush.
Musty car odours: musty smells in your car after prolonged damp conditions or spills can easily be eliminated. Simply sprinkle a little Bicarbonate of Soda in your car boot, under loose floor mats and even sprinkle lightly on the seat covers.
Condition Hair: does your hair feel waxy and unmanageable? You can speedily remove shampoo build-up by mixing two tablespoons of Bicarbonate of Soda in one teaspoon of your shampoo and wash as usual. You will find your hair will be revived, lighter and lease greasy.
Clean combs and brushes: soak them in a basin of water with one tablespoon of Bicarbonate of Soda.
Play dough: take two cups of Bicarbonate of Soda, one cup of corn flour and one cup of warm water, to make your own play dough that will keep children occupied for hours. Add a few drops of food colouring to create different colours.
Crayon marks: you can easily remove those crayon marks from the walls or other surfaces with a little help from Bicarbonate of Soda. Make a thin paste of Bicarbonate of Soda and water, use an old toothbrush to scrub the crayon marks off the wall without having to repaint.