Food and Drink

Baking Soda


1.  Sprinkly baking soda on a damp sponge to clean your sink or bath.

2.  Once you have cleaned your sink or bath then thoroughly rinse your cloth and and wipe again.

3.  It leaves everything smelling nice and clean without scratching the enamel.


To remove nasty bathroom odours:

Place an opened box of baking soda or an open container of activated charcoal behind the toilet to absorb the smells.



1.  Sprinkly baking soda on to a damp sponge,

2.  Clean your sink, oven or fridge.

3.  Throughly rinse your cloth and and wipe again.



Reduce odours in your fridge:

1. Remove the top from a box of baking soda.

2.  Place it on a shelf.

3.  Stir the contents from time to time to keep your fridge smelling fresh.


To clean the pipes under your sink:

1.  Pour ¼ cup of baking soda down the drain with 1 cup of vinegar.

2.  Then pour some hot water down the drain.


Burnt your saucepan?

1.  Whilst your saucepan is still hot pour some baking soda and Avon’s Skin So Soft into your saucepan.

2.  And allow the solution to soak for at least 30 minutes.


1. Empty your dishwasher.

2. Half fill up your sink with with warm water and then add 1 to 2 cups of white vinegar.

3. Use this solution you have made to wipe down the inside of your dishwasher plus all racks, utensil holder and all removable parts from your dishwasher.

4. If you are having trouble removing some stubborn dirt, put some baking soda onto your toothbrush and give it a good scrub.

5. Reassemble and replace all parts.

6. Now Add 2 cups of white vinegar to the bottom of the dishwasher.

7. Put your dishwasher on an energy saver or short wash.

8.  Stop the machine in mid-wash, so the vinegar can set on the bottom and work.

9.  Leave vinegar to stand for 20 minutes or over night, then turn on to finish cycle.


1.  Sprinkle Barking soda onto your carpet.

2.  Leave over night.

3.  Hoover in the morning.

Crayon on walls or washable wallpaper

To remove crayon from walls or washable wallpaper:

1.  Put some baking soda onto a damp sponge and

2.  Gently rub in a circular motion.


To remove hard water stains from glass

1.   Make-up a paste using vinegar and baking soda.

2.   Apply the paste to the stain using a scrubbing sponge.

3.   Work the paste into the stain in a circular motion.

4.   Allow it to sit for 5 minutes.

5.   Wipe off the paste with a damp towel and remove excess water with a squeegee.

6.   Your hard water stain(s) should be removed.

7.   If your stains have been there for a long time, you may need to clean your glass again.

8.   Apply a cream hob cleaner to the remaining hard water stains.

9.   Again work the cream into the stain in a circular motion with a scrubbing sponge.

10.  Allow the hob cleaner to dry for 15 minutes.

11.  Buff the dried hob cleaner with a towel.

Its a good idea to repeat this process once every six months to keep your glass free of hard water build-up.


For unwanted insects,

Sprinkle some baking soda around your cabinets, cupboards and other places insects might run.


Baking Soda will soften your clothes, boost your washing powder properties, and keep your whites white.

Just add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your washing powder.

Banana Skin

Use the inside of a Banana skin to clean your leather shoes.


White Bread

To remove dirty or greasy fingerprints from painted walls or non-washable wallpaper rub the area with a slice of white bread

Oil Paintings

Oil Paintings can be expensive to restore, so by regularly dusting them you will save on restoration costs.

  1. Use white bread to remove dust from your oil paintings.

  2. Bread will not leave a residue on your painting and it is extremely good at attracting dust without taking anything off of your painting.

  3. Gently dab the bread over the surface of your painting to pick up the dust and dirt.

Chewing Gum


To remove chewing gum from clothes,

  1. Place the item of clothing in the freezer,

  2. Allow the chewing gum to freeze,

  3. Pick the chewing gum off.

On items that can’t be placed in the freezer,

  1. Harden the chewing gum with ice andthen use a blunt knife to pick it off.


  1. Crack an egg, separating the yolk from the white

  2. Rub the egg white on to the chewing gum stains

  3. Leave the egg white on the stain for a few minutes

  4. Wipe the gum off with a cloth. Continue to rub until the stain has gone.


To remove dried wax drippings from candlesticks:

1. Peel off as much wax as possible,

2. Dampen a cotton wool ball with glycerine, and

3. Rub the cotton wool ball over the wax drippings until clean.

Club Soda

To shine up your scuffed stainless-steel sink.

1.  Pour some Club Soda on to a clean dry cloth.

2.   Wipe the cloth around your sink.

3.  Then dry with another clean cloth.


Brass and Copper

Lemon is a great substance to clean and shine brass and copper.

Clean dishes, surfaces and stains

  1. Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle baking soda on the cut section.

  2. dishes, surfaces and stains.

Furniture Polish

To make your own furniture polish:

  1. Mix 1 cup of olive oil with ½ cup of lemon juice,

  2. Apply the mixture to your wooden furniture using a softclean cloth.

  3. Your furniture will be lovely smelling and sparkling

Garbage Disposal

To clean your garbage disposal:

  1. Put a whole lemon peel through your garbage disposal.

  2. Your drain will now have a nice freshen smell and so too will your kitchen.

  3. Orange peels can also be used with the same result.

Glass table tops

To clean your glass table tops with lemon:

  1. Rub a little lemon juice over the glass table

  2. Dry with paper towels

  3. Polish with newspaper for a sparkling table


To clean baked-on food in your microwave with lemon:

  1. Half fill a bowl with water and a quarter of lemon,

  2. Then microwave on high until the water starts boiling,

  3. The steam will loosen any baked-on food so you can easily wipe it w

Soap Scum

Lemon juice can be used to dissolve soap scum.

Option 1

  1. Squeeze Lemons out into a container

  2. Pour the liquid it in a spray bottle

  3. Spray the Lemon liquid onto the soap scum.

  4. The soap scum will slowly dissolve after a few minutes.

  5. Scrub the scum and rinse away

Option 2

  1. Cut a Lemon in half.

  2. Rub half of the Lemon into the soap scum.

  3. Do this for several minutes before wiping with a cloth.

  4. Rinse area well.


  1. Squeeze a Lemon into a container

  2. Dip a clean cloth into the Lemon juice and wipe of your Silver

  3. Using a dry soft clean cloth Polish your Silver.

  4. Use cotton buds to get into difficult crevices.

  5. After cleaning your Silver store it in an airtight plastic container to prevent it from tarnishing,


Is an excellent cleaner for getting your dirty hands cleans.

All you need to do is:

  1. Make a thick paste of oatmeal and water;

  2. Rub the mixture into your hands; and

  3. Then rinse your hands well


Stained Cups

Want to remove stubborn tea or coffee stains from your cups?

  1. Rub salt into the stains and

  2. Then wash your cups as normal.


Greasy Pans

To clean your greasy iron pan:

  1. Sprinkle some salt into your pan,

  2. Wipe the salt round with some kitchen towel, and

  3. Then wash as normal.

Oven Spills

  1. Immediately sprinkle your oven spills with salt.

  2. Once your oven has cooled, brush away the burnt-on

  3. food with a damp sponge.

Silk Flowers

  1. Place the flowers into a large paper bag

  2. Pour in a cup of salt

  3. Shake the bag vigorously for a bit

  4. See them spring back to life before your very eyes

Blood Stains

  1. First rinse the garment completely in cold running water.

  2. Then soak the garment in a solution of 1 cup of salt to 8 cups of COLD water.

  3. Soak for 60 minutes.

  4. Rinse the garment through in cold water.

  5. Then wash as directed.


To Clean your rusty garden tools

  1. Make 2 or 3 pots of strong black tea.

  2. Allow the Tea to cool down,

  3. Pour the Tea into a bucket,

  4. Place your rusty garden tools in to the bucket of Tea

  5. Leave the tools in the Tea for 2 or 3 hours

  6. Put in a pair of rubber gloves to avoid being stained

  7. Using a clean cloth to wipe your tools

Tomato Sauce

To remove tarnish from Copper and Brass Cookware.

  1. Squeeze your Tomato Sauce onto a clean cloth
  2. Rub the Tomato Sauce on to your Copper or Brass pots and pans.

  3. Within minutes your pots and pans should go back to their natural coppery colour.

  4. Now rinse your pots and pans with warm water and dry with a clean tea-towel.