I love to listen to the radio all day while doing chores and work at home. Our local radio station has a “John Tesh” segment that gives advice and helpful tips from A to Z! Todays was a great idea that I thought I would share with you. I have been on a band wagon lately trying to find ways to save money and this is a good one and wanted to share! I don’t know about you all, but I love candles, wax melts and room sprays. I love to walk into my home and smell freshness. John recommends taking Baking soda, as it’s free from harmful chemicals. He says to pour about 1/2 cup into a paper coffee filter and then securing the coffee filter at the top, like a sachet. Place the sachet under the front seat of your car. Well I got to thinking about this, and why not also at the bottom of your hamper, behind a book on a bookshelf, in a basket in a bathroom, kitchen, office… anywhere you want to smell fresh! Baking soda is a natural odor absorber and used for a million other things as well.
Other uses for Baking soda:
cleaning jewelry (it will sparkle a diamond right up! I use a soft tooth brush to apply it to my rings)
whitening teeth ( just add to your toothpaste directly onto your toothbrush)
Soak for oral appliances
Facial and body scrub (3 parts of baking soda to 1 part of water
Deodorant (pat baking soda onto your underarms to neutralize body odor as you would body powder)
Treat insect bites and itchy skin (make a paste with baking soda and water)
Make a hand cleanser and softner (make paste with 3 parts of baking soda to 1 part of water to gentle liquid hand soap)
Hair (sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into palm of hand with your regular shampoo and shampoo as usual. Rinse thoroughly. Baking soda helps remove the residue that styling products leave behind so your hair is cleaner and manageable.)
Clean brushes and combs (1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small basin of warm water. Soak comb and brush. Rinse and allow to dry. You will notice your hair will have more shine.
bath soak (1/2 cup baking soda to bath. It neutralizes acids on the skin and helps wash away oil and perspiration, it also makes your skin feel very soft. Epsom salts are wonderful for bath too!)
Freshen sponges (soak stale smelly sponges in a strong baking soda solution to get rid of the mess. About four tablespoons to 1 quart of warm water works well)
Clean microwave (baking soda to a clean damp sponge works well )
Clean coffee and tea pots (works amazing and removes coffee/tea stains well. 1/4 cup baking soda to 1 quart of warm water, soak overnight)
Clean floors (remove dirt and grime, scratch marks too by using 1 cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water. Mope and rinse for a sparkling floor.
Freshen sports gear (my favorite yet!! sprinkle baking soda into golf bags, gym bags to deodorize, clean golf irons without scratching them with baking soda paste. 3 parts Baking soda to 1 part of water, use a brush to apply, rinse.
Remove oil and grease stains (sprinkle baking soda on the spot and scrub with a wet brush)
clean cars (baking soda cleans car lights, chrome, windows, tires, vinyl seats and floor mats. Use 1/4 cup baking soda to 1 quart warm water. Apply with sponge to remove road grime, tree sap, bugs and tar.
deodorize the following: Trashcans, drains, garbage disposals, lunch boxes, sneakers and stuffed animals)
Carpet deodorizer (sprinkle baking soda on carpet. Let sit overnight or longer, maybe a weekend while you are away. Vacuum up)
Freshen closets (place a box or make a sachet as we discussed and place on shelf in closet)
Pet bedding (Eliminate odors from your pet bedding by sprinkling liberally with baking soda, wait 15 min or longer for stronger odors, then vacuum up)
Septic Care (regular use of baking soda in your drains can help keep your septic system flowing freely. 1 cup of baking soda per week will help maintain a favorable pH balance in septic tank)
Thank you Arm & Hammond for your wonderful Cost Saving ideas!! If my readers have any other ideas please share! Im so excited to have found another way to save hundreds of dollars on house hold cleaning items!!