Tips Around the House

Washing Soda


  • Remove moss from patios by sprinkling a little washing soda on the moss, allow it to sit overnight, then rinse well. Avoid getting straight washing soda on plants.
  • Mix 1/4 cup washing soda with 1 gallon of room temperature water and spray on trees to get rid of mites and whiteflies.
  • Mix 1 cup milk, 1/4 cup washing soda and 1 gallon of room temperature water and spray on roses to prevent mildew and blackspot.
  • Dissolve 1/2 cup washing soda with 1 gallon very hot water and scrub wooden and composite decking to remove stains.
  • Mix 1/2 cup washing soda with 1 gallon of hot water to clean outdoor seat cushions. Do not get on aluminum furniture.

  • Mix 1/2 cup washing soda with 1 gallon of warm water and sponge on, or spray on to wicker furniture to clean and brighten it.
  • Soak stained clothing in a mixture of 1/2 cup washing soda and 1 gallon warm water to remove stains such as coffee, blood, ink, tea and grease.
  • Clean ceramic or vinyl tile by mopping with a solution of very warm water with 1/2 cup washing soda.
  • Add a 1/2 cup of washing soda to the laundry to soften the water and to help your detergent work better.
  • Mix 1/2 cup with very hot water and soak stove liners and broiler pans to remove grease and grime. Do not use on aluminum.
  • Keep drains clear and fresh by putting 1/4 cup washing soda down the drain and flushing with very hot water, once a week.
  • Remove tea and coffee stains from cups and kettles by mixing a tablespoon of washing soda with a little hot water and allowing the items to soak for at least one hour. Do not use on aluminum.
  • Remove grease and grime from stove tops and refrigerators by mixing a 1/2 cup of washing soda with a gallon of warm water and wiping down with a sponge. Do not use on aluminum.
  • Remove film from glasses by soaking them in a solution of warm water with a little washing soda. Rinse well.

More Tips Around the House can be found here.

Bonus Tip:

To make your own washing soda, simply bake it in the oven. Preheat your own to 400 degrees F. Sprinkle baking soda on a shallow baking pan (such as a roll pan) and bake for about 30 minutes until the powdery consistency turns into more of a granular consistency. Stir every 10 minutes for even cooking. Cool completely and then store in an air tight container.

   

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