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If you are trying to reduce toxic chemicals from your home, then you may have heard about using Bicarb Soda instead of harsh cleaning products around your home.  Here are some ideas for how Bicarb can be used to clean and deodorize your home.

Using bicarb to clean your children’s possessions is a great way reduce their toxic chemical intake; especially since pretty much everything goes in their mouths.

Add 3 tablespoons of bicarb to a pot of boiling water, add your baby bottles and boil for 3 minutes.  Then follow your usual sterilizing procedure.  Sprinkle their stuffed animals with bicarb, leave for about 15 minutes and dust off the excess, this will get rid of nasty germs and make them smell better

Toilet training accidents are bound to happen; along with food and drink your lounge is bound to end up with some smells and stains.  The good news is a good sprinkling of bicarb, leave for a few hours then vacuum off will leave your lounge looking and smelling great.  Add a sprinkling of bicarb inside everyone’s shoes and leave overnight.  Next morning give them a good shake and the smells will be gone.

Let’s face it kids will draw on anything and getting crayon off the walls is a pain; try using a wet sponge with a sprinkle of bicarb when wiping your walls.

Using bicarb in the kitchen:

Make your stainless steel sink sparkle again with a sprinkling of bicarb over your wet sink, scrub, rinse and then line your sink with vinegar soaked paper towel for about 20 minutes.  Using a soft brush or cloth with a paste made from bicarb to scrub around the sink rim and caulk will see your sink shining.

To deodorise your fridge or pantry place an open box of bicarb or a pour some into an open container and leave in your fridge/pantry for up to 6 months.  The bicarb will absorb food odours so make sure you discard it when the 6 months is up.  Put it down the kitchen sink to give the drain a clean on the way through.  You can also wipe your garbage and/or recycling bins with a damp cloth sprinkled with bicarb to deodorize them; sprinkle with some bicarb in the bottom (once dry) to keep the odours away.

Wooden and plastic chopping boards can be refreshed by giving them a scrub with a paste of a tablespoon each of bicarb, salt and water. Make sure you give the boards a good rinse afterwards (make sure any wooden boards are completely dry before using again).

A sprinkle of bicarb topped with hot water and an overnight soak will remove funky smells and stains of your plastic containers and burnt food off your saucepans and frypans.

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