These are tips many of us know, but, many do not! They come from , and are paraphrased from, “How to Sew a Button and Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew” by Erin Bried.
To Adsorb Odor
- Set a breathable box in the fridge, a trash can, dirty hamper, or sprinkle directly onto dirty laundry as it will be washed away soon anyhow.
- Date the box so you know when to toss it out and replace, most of the time I leave for up to 3 months. Some boxes have a meter on them though and will straight up tell you it’s time to change!
To Polish Silver (I just used this for the good silver on X-Mas, and for things I get at Goodwill)
- Make a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water
- Rub into silver with a soft cloth
- Rinse with water and dry
To Clean Your Countertops (use this every evening after the kitchen is shut for the night)
- Wipe away any crumbs or spills. I hold the trash along the edge of the counter tops and just wipe and dump crumbs right in, so easy.
- Sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth and scrub
- Rinse with a clean damp cloth or sponge
To Refresh Your Rugs
- Sprinkle baking soda directly on the rug/carpet. Let sit for 15 minutes or so.
- Vacuum Up
To De-crust Pots and Pans
- Sprinkle some baking soda on the gunk
- Fill pot/pan with hot water and let soak overnight
- Scrape off the gunk in the morning
To Freshen Up the Dog or Cat
- Sprinkle baking soda directly onto the fur
- Brush through, gently
- Sprinkle more lightly on their bed and in the cat litter box
To Clean Up Grease Spills
- Sprinkle directly onto the spill
- Scrub with a wet brush or rag
To Extinguish a Fire
- Sprinkle generously on flames, of any kind, grease, electrical, etc.
- Check for damage, take a deep breath, now you can freak out!
To Clean the Grill
- Sprinkle baking soda on the rack
- Remove the rack and soak in hot water a couple hours or overnight
- Scrub with a wire brush and replace to grill
To Spruce Up the Patio Furniture
- Mix 1/4 cup baking soda to 1 quart warm water
- Using a soft rag, wipe down furniture with the solution
- Go over once more with a clean, damp rag. Or, as I do with the plastic stuff, gently spray down with the garden hose
All very simple quick solutions. I love to use baking soda around the house. You can also add a couple pinches to the wash to freshen laundry, a sprinkle on regular toothpaste for extra whitening, a dash in dirty/stinky sneakers, and a breathable box in my closet really helps with the wood-y odor the old thing gives my clothes sometimes!