BICARBONATE OF SODA
Not just a baking essential. It can be used to unblock a sink, remove sweat stains, deodorise carpets and clean the toilet.
“When my kitchen or bathroom sink gets blocked, I pour half a cup of bicarbonate of soda into the drain followed by a cup of vinegar to clean any mucky build-up of fat in the pipes,” says Jody.
- Clean the toilet by flushing and sprinkling the bowl with bicarbonate of soda. Leave for 10 minutes and then add white vinegar and scrub.
- Make a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water and spread it over stubborn sweat stains. Then wash clothes and stains will be rinsed away.
- Make a bicarbonate of soda paste and spread it over the inside of your oven. Leave it for 15 to 30 minutes and then wipe clean. The paste help lifts off baked-on grease. Soak oven racks overnight in warm water and bicarbonate of soda to remove baked-on food. Remove benchtop stains with the same paste.
- Freshen carpets by sprinkling with bicarbonate of soda. Leave for an hour and then vacuum.
Lemons add great flavour to cooking and they’re a handy cleaning product that smells good too, says Jody. “I use half a fresh lemon to clean my timber chopping board,” she says. “I stock up on lemons to help keep things clean and sweeter-smelling.”
- Clean your microwave with a bowl of water and half a lemon. Cook in the microwave for 10 minutes and leave standing for another 10 minutes. The steam will soften food remnants so you can wipe them off and get rid of stale food odours.
- “Brush mildew spots on clothing with fresh lemon to remove them. I also put a little lemon skin in the wash to give clothes that lovely lemon smell," says Jody.
- Brighten grubby grout by rubbing a toothbrush on a fresh lemon and dipping it in bicarbonate of soda. Scrub the grouting, leave for 10 minutes or longer if needed and wash off.