Baking Soda: Clean, Freshen & More!

Hello everyone & welcome to our first entry for our new series of posts, “Just So You Know.” Here you will find useful tips & tricks utilizing many items that you generally already have lying around the house. Nevena & I are always swapping ‘Mom Tips’, and realized that between the both of us, we’ve got quite the collection of know-it-all facts. Especially since we both tend to begin sentences with, “Just so you know…”  We hope you guys enjoy this new series & be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on any of our awesome tips!

Just so you know, Baking Soda is a wonderfully effective cleaner for your fresh fruits & vegetables. Baking Soda is also cheap, so be sure to stock up! To clean produce, simply fill a bowl with cool water and add a few tablespoons of baking soda. Soak your fruit or veggies in the water for 5 to 10 minutes, then gently scrub with a vegetable brush. Transferring your cleansed fruits and veggies to produce saver containers is ideal, but these produce pouches are a great option also. Using special storage for your produce will extend their life, so you’ll waste less!

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Arm & Hammer, Bob’s Red Mill or Whole Foods 365, any brand will do!
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*make sure your fruits and vegetables are totally submerged when allowing them to soak, unlike the picture above 😉

Additional tips & tricks using this nifty product:

  • Get your kitchen counters and appliances sparkling with baking soda. You can simply sprinkle it directly onto all of your kitchen surfaces for an effective but gentle cleaning. For tile floors, dissolve a 1/2 cup of baking soda in warm water to cut through dirt, grease and grime.
  • To clean your toilet bowl, sprinkle baking soda inside and then dribble vinegar on top. Allow mixture to sit for 10 – 30 minutes to absorb odors and to tackle to tough stains. Use scrub brush to scrub mixture and flush to rinse.
  • Baking Soda isn’t only great for cleaning around the house, it also makes a wonderful face mask! Start with a clean face. Mix 3 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of water (i like to use rose water) together in a bowl until it forms a paste. Using your fingers, gently spread all over your face and massage gently for a few minutes. Focus on areas with clogged pores or blackheads. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Finish with a toner and light moisturizer.

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