Hi y’all! I’m super-psyched to introduce you to Tameri Etherton. Tameri is a writer by day, a wife and mother by night, and a dreamer always. She’s also my friend, which make me about 70 shades of happy, because friends like Tameri don’t come along every day. You should definitely run over and check out her blog – you’ll find everything from the fabulously funny to whimsically thoughtful and everything in between!
I’m so excited to have her helping out here at Blogging Barefoot while I recover from new baby/surgery/pancreatitis. I know you’re going to love her every bit as much as I do!
Hey Myndi’s readers! I am so excited to be hanging out today at Myndi’s blog. Mostly because I love Myndi to pieces and also because I get to share with you some super fabulous cleaning tips.
You know how Myndi is the Happy Hausfrau extraordinaire? Yeah, I love those posts, too. Especially when she has great tips on how to clean with safe, non toxic cleaners like vinegar.
Well, I’m here today to tell vinegar to step aside and make room for another powerhouse cleaner ~ Baking Soda!
Here are a few of my favorite uses for Baking Soda:
1. To get rid of onion or garlic smells on your hands, put a little baking soda in your palm and add just enough water to make a paste. Rub all over your hands and rinse well. The smells will be gone and your hands get a nice exfoliation!
2. Got a mess in your microwave? Add a few spoonfuls of baking soda to a cup of water and boil for 3 – 5 minutes in the microwave. When the timer goes off, your microwave will be damp and easy to wipe down with just a sponge. Easy peasy!
3. Did you think shampoo was just for your hair? Wrong. Sprinkle baking soda on tiled showers and then scrub with a sponge and some inexpensive shampoo. Give it a good rinse and your shower will sparkle. And smell great, too.
4. I read this in the comments of one of Myndi’s posts and gave it a try. It’s now my new favorite way to clean toilets! Add a few drops of spearmint essential oil to 1/4 cup of baking soda. Sprinkle in the toilet and give the side a good scrub. Your toilet will be clean, smell fresh, and there’s no harmful chemicals going down the drain and ending up in our lakes, rivers, or oceans. Winner!
5. Want a mini-facial? Mix one teaspoon each of baking soda and olive oil. Massage gently into your skin and rinse well. You’ll feel refreshed and moisturized. Ahhhh.
6. Feel a blemish coming on? Apply a thick paste of baking soda and peroxide to blemish before bedtime and come morning you should be blemish free. Don’t do this if your blemish has already broken the surface. That would really hurt.
7. Need to polish your tiara? I know, this happens a lot to me, too! No worries. Just put a piece of aluminum foil in your sink and place your tiara on top. Sprinkle with baking soda and cover with warm water. Let sit for awhile, say 10 – 15 minutes while you have a cup of tea. Rinse with warm water and ta-da! Shiny new tiara. This also works well with silver.
8. This last tip I discovered quite by accident, no pun intended. My sweet Australian Shepherd had an accident on one of our rugs (he has a very delicate tummy and someone, not me, gave him a piece of pizza). I used our spot bot pet cleaner upper thing to get the mess, but there was still an odor. Eww. Fear not, my friends. I sprinkled some baking soda on the carpet, let it soak in for a few hours (actually overnight) and in the morning I vacuumed it up. No more smell! Now, if I could just get people to stop feeding him treats…
There are a million other uses for baking soda, but this post is getting so long I think Myndi might be on her fifth child by now!
Take that box of baking soda out of the pantry and put it to good use. It’s safe enough to use around babies, which is a good thing for Myndi!
Do you have any awesome ideas how to make baking soda work for us? Share them with us! We love to learn new things.