Cleaning with baking soda
Baking soda can help remove strong, smelly odours from household laundry even when, after repeated washing, they still linger.
Soak smoky clothes overnight in a 1/2 cup of baking soda to 1 bucket of water before washing in the washing machine.
Use the same solution as above for soaking washable hats, gloves, scarves and headbands. For stubborn smells, add 1 cup of baking soda to the washing machine load.
If you have clothing with petrol, oil, or other mechanical smells, place them in a bag with a 1/2 cup of baking soda. Leave the bag sealed for a day or two before washing.
Spills and thrills
Dry baking soda rubbed directly onto clothing can remove the smell of vomit or baby spitup, spills and stains. Leave for 1–2 hours, then wash.
Rub a paste of 6 tablespoons of baking soda with a 1/2 cup of warm water onto stained clothing before washing. Be sure to check for colour fastness first.
Baking soda rubbed onto a dampened blood stain can help lift the stain from the fabric.
A baking soda paste can also be useful in removing sweat stains and odours on clothing. Rub the paste onto clothing before washing. With tough stains you may need to let the paste sit for 1–2 hours.
Fruit and wine stains
Fruit and wine stains need to be treated immediately, but if you’re in a hurry, pour a little baking soda on the stain and leave for a few hours. Later, run hot water through the back of the stain.
Baking soda in the refrigerator
Store an open box of baking soda in your refrigerator and freezer to help eliminate odours. Replace at least every 3 months; the box may need replacing sooner if it begins to absorb too many odours. Try dating the box or plastic container to help you remember when to replace it. Use the same method between uses in the microwave to cut down on odours.
Baking soda in the refrigerator vegetable crisper bins
Try sprinkling soda in the bottom of your crisper bin to eliminate odours. Cover with a folded paper towel. Replace every 3 months.
Baking soda and refrigerator stains
Remove food and rust reside from your refrigerator with a cleaning paste made from 3 parts baking soda to 1 part of water.
Baked on food in the microwave
Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with water in a microwave safe cup. Boil in the microwave for a few minutes. The insides of the microwave will be damp and easy to clean with a paper towel or dishcloth. This has the added benefit of removing odours that may be clinging to your microwave. This is also a good general cleaning solution for the inside surfaces of your microwave.