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How to clean with 2 simple ingredients

by / Sunday, 08 February 2015 / Published in Uncategorized

You can pretty much clean anything with 2 simple ingredients that we almost all have on hand– baking soda and vinegar. This is my top 10 favorite uses for these common household staples.

1. Clear clogged drains: Dump approximately 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain in question. Then pour approximately 1 – 1 1/2 cups of vinegar down the drain. The mixture will bubble up. Let it sit for 10 minutes or so and then run warm water down the drain. Voila! Unclogged drain.

2. Remove carpet stains: I am infamous in my household for spilling drinks on the beige carpet. I have spilled everything from coffee to red Kool-Aid. My SO even spilled red printer toner once. I use this simple remedy. Pour baking soda over the stain and allow it sit for about 30 minutes. You will notice that the stain will be “picked up” by the baking soda. Vacuum up as much of the baking soda as possible and then pour about 1/2 c. of vinegar on the area. It will bubble and remove what remains of the stain. (depending on the severity of the stain, it may need to be done more than once.)

3.  Laundry additive: Add 1 c of baking soda to your laundry with your laundry detergent and get brighter, cleaner clothes

4.  Coffee pot cleaner: Add 2 c. apple cider vinegar to the pot and put it through the cleaning (or brewing if you don’t have a clean cycle) cycle. This will loosen up any build up. After the cycle completes, dump the vinegar and run a couple cycles with straight water.

5. Toothpaste: Mix a small amount of baking soda with water (or coconut oil if you prefer) to get a shiny, white smile

6. Ice Melt: sprinkle baking soda on icy sidewalks and steps to melt the ice

7. Heartburn relief: mix equal parts baking soda and water and drink to relief heartburn

8. Remove pen marks: Spray or rub full strength vinegar on the mark and then rub off with a clean rag

9. Remove grease: mix equal parts vinegar and water to remove grease from counters, stoves, and dishes.

10. Polish silver: Mix 1/2 c white vinegar with 2 tbsp baking soda and soak silver jewelry in solution for 1-2 hours. Rinse under cold water and pat dry with a clean towel.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, there are so many other uses for these 2 items!

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