I’m a bit late today. The milder weather had me donning biker gear and multiple layers to ride north to the very pretty town of Harrogate. The aim was to follow route signs and improve observation. This did have me circling parts of the town more than once as I failed to get into the right lane on time, but I can say that I have a deeper knowledge of its geography than before. Next skill to develop – learning to find a bike friendly place to park in towns.
So, while I’m thawing out, here’s today’s waste reduction tips ….
Next to vinegar, bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) makes a good addition to your house cleaning substances. It is a naturally occurring substance in most life forms. It is a little more abrasive, so should be used with caution for more sensitive surfaces, for example, silver.
Here’s 3 more recipes for keeping your home pollutant free:
- One of the benefits of bicarbonate of soda compared to vinegar is odour reduction. Put neat into a small open tub and add to your fridge to keep it whiff free. Similarly, sprinkle in bins to reduce nasty smells, or at the bottom of ashtrays, if there’s a smoker in your house. Mix with hot water to take smells out of food containers. If stubborn, they can be steeped in the mix overnight. Sprinkle some in those smelly running/gym shoes!
- Surface cleaning: Mix one part soda with three parts water. Apply, leave, and wipe with wet cloth.
- Grease stains on clothing. Pretreat with bicarbonate of soda before washing. A paste can also be used to treat stains on other surfaces, including floors.
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