Let me tell you about my first time.
You see, I bought this stainless steel teapot. Just big enough for two cups of tea for whenever I was in a lounging mood. It was perfect until the stains on the inside just refused to come of easily. I mentioned this in passing to a friend and the advice I got was to use baking soda.
Growing up there were a few things where I saw baking soda being used -- open in the refrigerator, cleaning teeth, and volcanic eruptions when paired with vinegar. Why would I put that into my precious teapot.
Why not - I gave it a shot.
I sprinkled a 'lightish' layer of baking soda in the bottom of the teapot and then sprinkled some water on to that. I let it sit for a few hours (maybe it didn't need that long). Anyway - checkout the result. Now I can see myself smiling from ear to ear when I look at it...
I haven't looked back since. Now, my first thought when it comes to cleaning anything is - can I use baking soda on that.
Every home must always have baking soda on deck.
In her book, Practical Household Uses of Bicarbonate of Soda, Margaret Briggs explains that baking soda (a.k.a. bicarbonate of soda) has many other names.
You may also know it as Sodium bicarbonate, Saleratus, Bread soda and Sodium hydrogen carbonate.
Briggs gets into the chemistry of it all and lets us know that the chemical formula of the white chemical compound is NaHCO3.The elements of which are Sodium (Na), Carbon (C), Hydrogen (H) and Oxygen (O).
Baking soda is also crystalline in appearance but often looks like a powder. As a solid, it is not totally soluble in water.
Here is the best part - it is alkaline in nature and can therefore help to neutralize any acidic compounds (one of the reasons it cleans so well for cleaning and can absorb odours rather than mask them).
Anywhere there is an odor to neutralize, or a stain to get rid off - baking soda is definitely one way to go. Some of the properties which make it such an all-rounder are:
On an old urine stain on carpet, pour apple cider vinegar on the stain. Sponge this out using water and then blot dry. After it is completely dry, sprinkle baking soda on and around the spot and leave for twenty-four hours. Vacuum up the baking soda and there is no more stain or odor.
If you do a lot of baking soda cleaning, buy it in bulk, not only to save money but for convenience.
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