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Many uses for baking soda. While doing research for this article, we were amazed at the number of uses for baking soda.

Many uses for baking soda.

When one looks back in history, before we had such a huge array of different cleaning products, baking soda was one of the items most frequently used. It worked great, it was economical and best of all it was safe to use. In fact, Grandma had hundreds of uses for baking soda,we have collected some of the most popular ones. They are time tested and they work. If you have additional tips involving uses for baking soda, add them at "Submit A Tip," and we add them to this list. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 25 clever ideas to make life easier. Via: amy-newnostalgia.blogspot.com Why didn’t I think of that?!

25 clever ideas to make life easier

We guarantee you’ll be uttering those words more than once at these ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve everyday problems … some you never knew you had! (Above: hull strawberries easily using a straw). Via: apartmenttherapy.com Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes. Via: unplggd.com Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40 (also works on walls). Via: athomewithrealfood.blogspot.com. Homemade Hand Scrub. Winter is here and if the cold, dry air has turned your hands into sandpaper like it has mine, you`ll appreciate this hand scrub that leaves your hands soft, smooth and smelling delicious!

Homemade Hand Scrub

Turn your old jars into thoughtful, homemade gifts (& keep one for yourself!) I suggest using small jars, since all the ingredients are edible (and therefore spoilable) and should be used within a month. Ingredients: Small sized mason or other jars you want to use Sugar Olive oil (or any other oil you may have in your pantry) Lemon juice & zest Few drops of vanilla *The amount of ingredients that you need depends on the amount of scrub that you want to make.

I used about 4 cups of sugar for 4 small jars. Food Storage Secrets. Home Food & Groceries Leftovers Food Storage Secrets I'm not a big fan of kitchen clean-up.

Food Storage Secrets

When dinner's over, the soup-pot goes straight into the fridge rather than into a plastic container, and I'd rather scrub the toilet than scrub the dishes that quickly pile up in our dishwasher-free kitchen. Buy it large and store it small. Homemade air fresheners. Baking soda naturally absorbs odours, so why not take advantage of that to create simple, inexpensive air fresheners?

Homemade air fresheners

Here's how: Use a hammer and and a nail to poke holes in the lid of a small canning jar. (The heart is a nice touch, but clearly not necessary) Fill the jar about 1/4 full with baking soda Add 6-8 drops of lavender essential oil Put lid on and place in any spot that could use some freshening. I've made several, and I use them in my linen closet, under my kitchen sink (which is where the stinky garbage can is) and in the bathroom. This powder is also useful for removing odours from carpets and upholstery. You could, of course, substitute your favorite essential oil for the lavender. NOTE: As with any cleaning product (even the reasonably safe and friendly ones), keep out of reach of children and pets.

Vinegar Tips - Vinegar uses for your Pets. Homemade Herbal Sugar Scrub - StumbleUpon. Thank you for visiting Little House in the Suburbs.

Homemade Herbal Sugar Scrub - StumbleUpon

Please subscribe and you'll get great simple living tips and how-to articles delivered to your inbox, for free! I have never been one for sugar scrubs. I have oily skin and the idea of putting something with more oil in it on my face, regardless of how ‘scrubby’ it claimed to be–appalling. But after reading that sucrose in a good oil actually has alpha-hydroxy (chemical exfoliant) properties, I thought I might give it a try. Besides, I had a lot of dried basil in the garage. Many uses for baking soda. - StumbleUpon. Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild. DIY Suds. Update: If using a HE washer, our readers have suggested throwing the mix directly into the wash load, rather than the soap dispenser.

DIY Suds

Please read through the comments for more Q&As, as you have all been so wonderful to share your experiences! And if you’re looking for even more information on our DIY suds, see our sudsy update to this post, right here. The last time I purchased laundry soap, I threw a fit in the cleaning aisle and spent the drive home moaning over the high coast of detergent. I always knew I was thrifty, but even that took me by surprise.

Since then, Scott buys the suds. Readers' Wise Tips for Using Borax.

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10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes. Here is a nice stack of different recipes for making homemade laundry detergent that I’ve collected over the years.

10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes

Do they work? Yes, I’ve had good luck with them. At the time I was using them, we had a relative who was in trade school living with us. Every day he was mechanic grease from head to toe–the clothes still cleaned up nice! Making your own is a discipline and it’s not for everyone, but it definitely saves money–sometimes just costing pennies a load! For the bar soaps required in the recipes, you could try Fels-Naptha, Ivory, Sunlight, Kirk’s Hardwater Castile, and Zote.

Here are ten different recipes you can try, I’ve also added a very useful Frequently Asked Questions section at the bottom of the page. 1 quart Water (boiling) 2 cups Bar soap (grated) 2 cups Borax 2 cups Washing Soda Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. Hot water 1 cup Washing Soda 1/2 cup Borax 1 Soap bar Grate the bar and add to a large saucepan with hot water.