Vintage Cleaning Solutions – Bicarbonate of Soda

For the last few years, I have been trying and testing the good old fashion go to’s following using a heavily chemical product on my oven, which completely stripped it of its coating. Especially now with a baby these overpriced products with strong odours are not suitable for everyday life.

My first testing in my series of Vintage Cleaning Solutions is with good old Bicarbonate of Soda, the baking product at the back of your cupboard. Cheap and effective.

Degreasing your Oven

I tried this on our oven, I admit that the first time I used this in my oven I was not convinced. It took a lot of scrubbing, scraping and endless products, I would not use this if your oven is caked in grease, it needs professional cleaning, but for those odd splashes, it is perfect. This also works on burnt on food on your hob.

What you need:

  • Newspaper
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Water
  • Bicarbonate of Soda

What to do:

  • Mix the Bicarbonate of Soda with a little bit of water to make a thick paste
  • Place the newspaper under the oven door
  • With the rubber gloves on, rub the paste mixture with a cloth or sponge on the oven door.
  • Leave for 15 minutes
  • Wash off with water

Lovely Smelling Fridge

Recently my mother brought me some yummy Brie but boy did it make our fridge stink. I have always been worried when cleaning my fridge with products about tainting my fresh produce. If you suffer from a stinky fridge, then try this no longer will you have a smelly fridge.

What you need:

  • A Small Dish
  • Bicarbonate of Soda

What to do:

  • Place a small amount of Bicarbonate of Soda in a dish
  • Place this in the fridge

That is it! I recommend you change this once a month and you will have a fresh fridge even with stinky cheese.

Tupperwear

We all have that one cupboard full of takeaway Tupperware, I must admit although we save them, they are not environmentally friendly and if like me you have had enough of saving them so are recycling them it still seems a waste. Surely going back to the foil cartons with the cardboard tops would be better? Anyway, I digress. If you are a vintage lover like me you may have some Tupperwear that has a slight smell to it, not to worry Bicarb to the rescue.

What you need:

  • Hot Water
  • Bicarbonate of Soda

What to do:

  • Place the Tupperwear in hot water
  • Sprinkle some Bicarbonate of Soda in the water
  • Leave overnight to soak
  • Rinse

Flasks

This one I did not know about until recently as we use a flask for the baby daily for her feeds. We obviously do not want to taint her flask so this was a great solution. Great for banishing bad smells too.

What you need:

  • Hot Water
  • Bicarbonate of Soda

What to do:

  • Place  hot water in the flask
  • Sprinkle some Bicarbonate of Soda inside
  • Shake and leave for a few minutes
  • Rinse

Cleaning your Veggies

This a great way to clean off dirt and any waxy stuff that comes on your fresh fruit and veggies.

What to do:

  • Mix the Bicarbonate of Soda with Water
  • Soak for a few minutes (gentle scrub if required)

Smelly Sponge

My biggest pet hate, foul-smelling sponges and cloths, obviously if is this a constant problem for you, I would say you are not rinsing or ringing out your cloths and sponge properly.

What to do:

  • Mix the Bicarbonate of Soda with Water
  • Soak to refresh

This will keep them going a little longer but they do harbour bacteria so change regularly.

Musty Carpet, Sofa or Pet Bed

This will deodorise any smelly smells lurking on your furniture or carpets, especially if you have pets. As a cat owner myself, I use this solution.

What to do:

  • Sprinkle the Bicarbonate of Soda over sofas, pet beds or carpets
  • Leave for 15 minutes
  • Hoover this up

Drains

This is my favourite and I saved the best for last. I used this for years, living in old houses the drains clog quickly, this has been the only solution that has worked for me as plug unblockers have never really worked effectively and again can be costly.

What you need:

  • Bicarbonate of Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Boiling Hot Water

What to do:

  • Pour the Bicarbonate of Soda down the drain
  • Follow by pouring the Vinegar – this will fizz a little
  • Wait 10 minutes
  • Pour the boiling water down the drain

I hope these tips help your kitchen sparkle and clean. I would love to hear if you have any other tips or recipes for Bicarbonate Soda.

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