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9 Uses for Baking Soda

plumblooms_2014Just when you think winter is over . . . here it comes again. Saw where we’re supposed to have temperatures in the upper 20’s tonight. Yikes !!! Guess that means we won’t be having any plums – again. The plum trees are in full bloom – and as we’ve had these circumstances before where all the blooms froze and fell off – I would bet we’ll have same thing happen this year. Too bad. Those plums are really delicious. The peach tree – yes we’re down to only one, lonely peach tree – hasn’t budded so may have a few peaches. Think I can safely say I would NEVER make it as a farmer. I’d probably starve to death. Guess there are some things this ‘city girl’ just can’t learn.


wildverbenaWith David being on half-speed since he pulled his back – hasn’t been a lot going on around here. Been pretty busy playing ‘nurse’. I am hoping for a warmer weekend so that I can get started with some yard work. The cold hasn’t seemed to have any effect on the weeds and they are standing tall and proud with lots of ‘wild verbena’ blooming everywhere. Hate to mow it down – it’s such a lovely purple color.


We’ve decided Bear needs some professional schooling so we took a trip Monday to look at a pet resort that offers training. It’s located in Murchison – more about it in a later post – but if you’re ever in that area – Murchison/Edom – you must stop and eat at The Shed. Had to be the best ‘home cooked’ meal we’ve had in a very long time. Fresh hot rolls, delicious desserts – and the food didn’t taste processed. We had the chicken tenders and they were unlike any we’d ever eaten. Had a light, tempura-type batter. Can’t wait to go back!





Haven’t been bitten by the ‘spring-cleaning’ bug . . . yet. But when it gets a little warmer, I know I’ll want to do a few things around the house. One of my favorite household products for cleaning is baking soda. You already know how it can be used to clean silver without having to use any ‘elbow grease’.   (Get directions here.)   But it can also be use for many other jobs. I’ve listed a few ways to use baking soda below.






1)  All Purpose Cleaner

  • 1 teaspoon 20 Mule Team Borax
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dawn dishwashing liquid
  • 2 cups hot water

Directions:   Mix ingredients together and store in labeled spray bottle.  Wear gloves when using this cleaner.

2)  Remove white rings from wooden tables with a paste of equal parts toothpaste and baking soda. (Do not use gel toothpaste)

3)  Remove stains on laminated counter tops using a paste of baking soda and water. Apply paste, let dry, rub off and rinse.

4)  Clean stainless steel sinks using paste of baking soda and water – or sprinkle baking soda into sink and scrub with wet sponge. Rinse.

5)  Remove odors from cutting boards by rubbing with baking soda and water paste. Rinse and air dry.

6)  Help prevent clogs in the drain by pouring 1/2 cup baking soda followed by 1 cup distilled white vinegar into the drain. When foaming subsides, rinse with HOT water. Also works on garbage disposals.

7)  Add some baking soda to bathwater to reduce ring around the tub.

8)  Remove mineral build-up from shower heads by mixing 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup distilled white vinegar in a zip storage bag. Place the bag over the shower head and secure making sure the shower head is submerged in the solution. Let sit for 1-2 hours, remove bag and run HOT water through the shower head for a few minutes.

9)  Remove fresh grease stain on cloth chair, sofa, etc. by using equal parts baking soda and salt. Sprinkle on the stain, rub lightly, leave for a few hours and vacuum up.

mayo1_2014Last thing to mention is an issue I had with my Kraft mayo. Bought a large (gallon size) jar which we keep in the extra fridge to refill the bottle in the house. However, when I went the other day to get a refill, found that the remaining mayo had separated. It was lumpy with oil around the edges of the container and sitting on top. Thought it only needed stirring…. maybe. Tried stirring it, but that only caused it to liquefy. It was so thin I could have poured it like a salad dressing. This made me doubtful of its safety to eat. Contacted Kraft via their customer link online and they said that the distributor had probably not stored it correctly and that I should throw it away.  Ya think??!!     They promptly sent me coupons to cover the original cost. I like companies that stand behind their products and take the time to answer customer questions.


Ok – this really is the ‘last thing’. Saw a link on FB that just had to share. It has over 30 projects for summer that you can make at home. Most of them are inexpensive and fun . . . for the whole family.   For example, how to turn an old chair into a swing, how to make your own jeweled stepping stones, and so much more. Saw a couple of things I might like to try. It’s worth taking a few minutes to check out at this link.










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