In these financially tumultuous times, we all try to cut corners. At the same time, we strive to become more ecologically friendly in our work and homes. It is important to remember some basic uses of every day staples that grandmother used to use out of necessity. One item in particular – baking soda.
We all know we need to keep a box in the fridge (which often gets ignored) to prevent the odors of the food from causing aural havoc. But did you know you can also use baking soda for these uses?
Pour a half cup of baking soda down your slow running drains and chase it with a cup of vinegar. The vinegar interacts with the soda causing it to foam and “scrub” the sides of the drain. Let it do its action for about ten minutes before you rinse with hot water.
I hate cutting onions simply for the fact that they make me cry and my hands stink of onion the rest of the day, (which also makes me cry). After you’ve chopped your onion, add about a tablespoon of baking soda to the palm of your hands and mix with water to make a slight paste.
Let the paste sit on your hands for 5 minutes before rinsing.
Scrubbing cuticles/cleaning up nails
I discovered this one not too long ago. After transplanting my plants to bigger pots, my nails and cuticles were a mess. I simply added about 2 tablespoons of baking soda to my soap-foamed hands and used a soft nail brush to work it around my cuticles and nails, especially the underside. After rinsing, you will notice your nails look freshly polished and your hands will feel baby-soft.
Does your bathroom sink have water stains on the faucet and vanity? Spritz water on the spots and sprinkle on baking soda. Using a soft cloth, gently rub the baking soda in circular motions and rinse with clean water.
Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda in the bottom of your ashtrays to absorb the nasty cigarette odor. It also helps make clean up easier.
Baking soda is natural substance that is eco-friendly and safe. With a little imagination you can discover new ways of using old products which helps promote a cycle of use – reuse.