Ok, I might as well add more tips for keeping your home clean today and discuss how baking soda has helped us around the house recently. Also, see my post today regarding the Crayola stain guide.
We’ve had this bizarre problem now that the sun is out. I’ve never actually seen it occur, but there were weird, greasy streaks on our doors and wood cabinetry at exactly La Jolla Girl’s height. Finally, I linked it to her sunscreen. We use California Baby and it definitely works for her. I have no guilt about using it since it’s natural. The marks kept appearing with more and more frequency, so even La Jolla Dad declared that we need to explore other sunscreen options. The stains seem to go deep into the wood finish because they can’t be wiped off even with wood cleaners like Murphy’s Oil.
I Googled until I stumbled on a website that suggested baking soda as method for cleaning stains off wood products. I made a small paste with water, rubbed it on and it was like magic when they disappeared. Sometimes I had to apply the baking soda twice, but I was so relieved.
My family is messy. My cleaning supply cabinet is way too cluttered with specialty cleaners. In fact, today a pile of them came crashing down as I tried to reach into the very back to get a new sponge. So, I’m interested in consolidating, especially with green cleaners.
Simple Ways To Clean With Baking Soda
1. I ran out of stainless steel cleaner so I sprinkled baking soda on my stove, wiped it and, voila, it was nice and shiny. Same with my stainless steel fridge.
2. Grease fires can be put out by using baking soda. I put a box in a cabinet by the stove for easy access.
3. Use baking soda to clean burned food off the bottom of pots. This happens all the time in my house. I normally use Barkeepers Friend which I ran out of, so I tried baking soda. It worked with some elbow grease.
4. It cleans the kiddie pool. La Jolla Girl has a huge Little Tikes pool that we struggle with keeping clean in the summer. It wasn’t used for a few days and grew some green funk in it. I used a few sprinkles of baking soda, a sponge and a hose to get rid of it. Easy.
5. Use equal baking soda and white toothpaste to remove water stains on wood coffee tables. I haven’t tried it but baking soda apparently will remove alcohol stains. We get a lot of the latter in our house since we have a dark wooden coffee table. On our table, I can’t differentiate between what is water and alcohol so I just cleaned all of the rings simultaneously.
6. Crayon marks on painted walls can be wiped off with a sponge and baking soda. Though Magic Eraser works pretty well!
7. I haven’t tried this yet, but it supposedly brightens clothes if you use it in your laundry.
We all know the obvious—baking soda is non-toxic, multi-purpose and really cheap. This is an excellent option for those trying to go green around the house.
I went to the Arm and Hammer website and they allow you to register for special offers, though it takes 8 weeks to process. And, no, they didn’t in any way prompt me to write this post.
How do you use baking soda? Leave your housekeeping tips and tricks.