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Organic oven cleaning method

July 26, 2013 Filed under Cleaning hints and tips

Most of us are aware of and dislike intensely the awful smell of chemical oven cleaners.

The good news is that you don’t need to use these cleaners.  Salt of good old baking soda and vinegar will do the trick without the chemical invasion of your kitchen.

Jill Ettinger has put it very nicely here so there is no need to me to repeat it all.


Roses – organic control of black spot and powdery mildew

April 25, 2013 Filed under Soul food

Baking soda is a godsend in the kitchen and laundry but is less well known as an organic control of rose diseases, especially powdery mildew and black spot.  Try this baking soda spray on your roses.  Read more

Remove smoking odours

October 23, 2011 Filed under Tip of the Day

If someone smokes in your house, you can remove the smoky odours by putting a shallow bowl of baking soda dissolved in warm water in each of the affected areas for several hours.  The baking soda will absorb the odours.  This is especially effective after a smoky party. It will also work after a smoky fire or if you’ve burnt something and there is a burn smell afterwards.

Prevent blocked drains

October 22, 2011 Filed under Tip of the Day

you can prevent household drains from blocking if you give them a monthly treatment with baking soda and vinegar.  First slowly pour 1/4 cup dry baking soda down the drain. Then pour in 1/4 cup white vinegar.

The vinegar will fizz as it mixes with the baking soda.  Once the fizzing has stopped, flush the drain with cold water from the tap.

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