Baking Soda for CleaningWritten by Rosana Hart
Baking soda is a common, inexpensive household item that can be used for many kinds of cleaning projects. In an era when we are all exposed to many toxic chemicals, it's nice to know that something so mild can be effective. We actually make a form of baking soda in our own saliva, where it helps keep plaque from forming!
Here are some of uses of baking soda for cleaning:
I've long used baking soda and white vinegar to keep my kitchen and bathroom drains clear and fresh smelling. I just put a teaspoon or less of baking soda into drain and then pour in about a tablespoon of vinegar. I must admit that I am kind of cook who rarely measures anything, and same is true for these proportions, so feel free to experiment to find what works best in your sinks. Start small, though -- combination of baking soda and vinegar causes an active fizzling and bubbling!
In fact, that bubbling process is how you can tell if box of baking soda you've had around forever is still good. Just follow directions above. Your soda is still good if it bubbles away merrily.
Speaking of drains, if your drain is clogged, you can try using a lot more baking soda. One recipe is to pour a cup of baking soda down drain, then a cup of vinegar. Wait a few minutes, or longer, and then run hot water tap and see if you have cleared drain. It could take overnight.
Another well-known use of baking soda is to keep an open box in refrigerator to neutralize odors. Because baking soda cuts smells, it can also be put in bottom tray of an oven-type electric toaster, to reduce burnt smells. Another smell-removing cleaning tip is to put baking soda into bottles or jars that milk has left a smell in.
Home Staging TipsWritten by InsiderPropertySecrets
Home staging is a technique used to dress or stage a home so that buyers can really see it at its best. In essence what you must do is make your home appeal to broadest range of people.
Decide on best features of your property and work to highlight these.
- Clear out your valuables, as you are likely to get numerous visits. - Polish door knobs, handles. - Prune plants that take up space. Make your home more visible.
Clean property so it is spotless. This is important and only takes a bit of effort so donít neglect this.
- Open up windows, curtains and let in air and light. - Clear and bathroom of any items such as toothpaste, perfumes, cosmetics, etc. - Clean all sinks, baths, toilets floors so it is sparkling. - Hang up some nice towels and try and co-ordinate this with rest of room. - Use an air freshener in bathroom and keep it fresh.
If your room has too much furniture, remove some and only keep necessities and some set pieces. Arrange furniture and display best features of room. Make sure layout is easily accessible and spacious.