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Ways To Use Baking Soda For Home Cleaning

In about 8 out of 10 homes today, they swear that they have used baking soda once in their lives for many different uses. Apart from just baking which many people know, baking soda can be useful on other things such as home cleaning and personal grooming since it can be used as a teeth whitener and as a facial mask. The best part is that baking soda is non toxic which makes it a unique product to have in your home. Though baking soda has many uses, this article will however focus on one use, home cleaning.

Baking soda can be literally used anywhere around the house. The kitchens, the bathrooms, living rooms and even outdoor.

Below are ways to use baking soda for home cleaning.

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Scrub surfaces around the house.

Cleaning spills from wooden floors and getting sinks, bathtubs, shower tiles, kitchen counters and all floor tiles around the home clean has never been easier thanks to baking soda. It acts as a natural bleach. All you have to do is just sprinkle two to three tablespoonfuls of baking soda on the surface you want to clean and scrub with a damp wash cloth. For better removal of stains, make a little paste with water and apply directly on the stained areas and wait for a few minutes before washing off. However caution should be taken when washing to avoid any white residue or marks left behind hence using plenty of water to rinse is important.

Good addition to your laundry

Stained clothes? Just add to 1 cup of baking soda to any load of laundry as a detergent brightener. To remove stains from white laundry loads, submerge the clothes in cold water with 1–2 cups of baking soda and 2–8 cups with white distilled vinegar. Let it soak for at least 45 minutes before washing and drying the clothes as usual. It is not corrosive hence it can be used on different types of clothes.

Scrub burned food off cooking equipment

Ways To Use Baking Soda For Home Cleaning (2)We burn food sometimes. It is not a so good thing to say but if that happens baking soda can really be of good use. Just pour a little amount of baking soda in the cooking pan or grill or any other cooking equipment you were using and add a little water. Let the paste sit for a little while before scrubbing and rinsing with clean water.

Get rid of nasty odors around your home.

Baking soda can be placed anywhere around your house be it in the refrigerator or in the living room in a little container of your choice to absorb bad odors. This will ensure that your home smells good at all time especially when you are done cleaning.

Baking soda is good for cleaning. Apart from it being readily available and affordable, it is also not harmful especially in households with kids involved. However, people wishing to use other cleaning detergents can also do so. It helps keep your home clean, but if you do not get satisfactory results its not always wrong to exploit other options as long as you are comfortable doing so.

DIY Wallpaper Removal – Simple Steps To Do It As A Professional

Removing wallpaper is not an easy job. But with the correct tools, some background knowledge on how to do it, and a lot of patience, anyone can do it. The following article will bring you up to with 6 speed simple DIY wallpaper removal steps you can follow when removing obsolete or old wallpaper.

By following these steps, your end results will not only be neat, but will also have a professional look.

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Tools and materials needed:

*Putty knife
*Wallpaper scraping tool
*drop cloth
*Towels
*wallpaper removal solvent
*dish washing detergent

Steps to follow:

1. Getting started
Keep yourself safe; shut off all the room’s switches and circuit breakers since it is going to get a little messy and wet in a few minutes.

2. Protect your floor
Tape some plastic papers around the baseboard, letting it overlap the floor about 2 feet. Note: The tape should be pressed hard on the floor to create a watertight seal. Then, cover the draped papers with some towels or drop cloth to absorb the water that runs down the walls.

3. Mix the solution
There are a number of commercially prepared solutions that you may use to soften the adhesive. However, if you cannot afford to buy these solutions, some hot water, and fabric softer will do the trick. Mix the hot water and softener in a huge spray bottle at the concentration of one to one.

4. Tear off the facing
Using the putty knife, start pulling off the corner face of the wall covering or from the switch box, where the wallpaper tends to be loose. Do this step without adding the solution. The point is to remove the top layer of the paper and leave the backing on the wall. This way, the backing will soak the solution easily, making the rest of the job faster and easier.

DIY Wallpaper Removal - Simple Steps To Do It As A Professional (2)5. Soak the backing with the prepared solution
Using the spray bottle, saturate the backing with the solution and let it absorb the solution for about 15 minutes or until you can comfortably remove the wallpaper backing and the remaining facing. It is advisable to work on small sections so that the backing doesn’t dry up before you get to remove it. In case you encounter stubborn backing or adhesive, use the putty knife to remove it. Remember, it’s always important to be patient and calm when doing this as you do not want to damage the wall’s plastering.

6. Clean the walls
Lastly, mix the dish cleaning detergent with very hot water. Use a sponge to wet the walls and then scrub the walls carefully to remove the remaining wallpaper adhesive. Finally, rinse the walls using clean water and a soft towel.