Saturday, September 13, 2008

Arm and Hammer all the way!

In the staff lounge the other day, some co-workers commented on my desire to clean my kitchen sink with baking soda. Skeptical, understandably, they asked how I also clean my hardwood floors.
Here's a quick description on how to for those who don't want to take my word for it. Thanks to

Kill odor with naturally deodorizing and disinfecting white vinegar.When housetraining my dog, I used a solution of 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water to clean up accidents and eliminate the smell. Dilute with water for mopping floors and surfaces. It’s a good idea to test the surface first to make sure the vinegar will not damage it. A simple recipe of 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 2 cups hot water in a spray bottle also works well.

Baking soda absorbs odors.Most of us have an open a box of baking soda in the refrigerator to keep food smells at a minimum. Baking soda can also freshen musty carpets: Just sprinkle baking soda on the carpet, let sit for a while, then vacuum. You can also fill small bowls with baking soda and place them in areas where smells accumulate — closets, bathrooms, etc. Be sure to put the bowl on a high shelf, so kids don't get into it.

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