Posts Tagged ‘Cleaning’

In case you didn’t know, bicarbonate of soda is the most amazing household item you could have around your house.

You can use it to:

  • clean baking dishes with baked on food, just with a scourer and a paste of baking soda and water
  • clean your bathroom, in place of ajax or other powder cleansers
  • absorb odours on your carpet or in your shoes, by sprinkling it on the offending item and leaving before vacuuming/wiping off

You can also add 1/2 cup to your wash to freshen your clothes or 1/2 cup to your bath to soften your skin. But that’s not all – amazant!

I respect the flexibility of this amazing substance, so my homemade sunday project this weekend was to infuse a box of it with some lovely scented herbs/fruits from around my house.

I’ll be able to sprinkle this lovely scented substance on my mattress when I am airing it, use it as a bath salt, sprinkle it on my amazing shag rug to freshen it and use it in the wash if I am so inclined. I can even pop some of it it into a nice jar and give some of it as part of a house warming hamper.


  • Box of Bicarbonate of soda
  • Glass Jar with lid
  • Sprigs of rosemary (from my garden) washed and finely chopped
  • Zest of lemon (from my tree)

Combine all the ingredients (barring the jar and lid, of course).  Mix really well – the mixture will clump together. Spread this mix on a baking tray and pan and pop into a 160°C oven for 20/so minutes or until the mix had dried out. You’ll need to agitate it and mash it up with a spoon to make sure it is drying evenly.

When the mix is dry, chuck it in a mortar and pestle and bash away at it to make sure it is combined further and that all the lumps are broken down.

Pour this into your jar, seal with lid – et voila!

Not bad for less that 60 minutes real work

You could also use combinations/permutations of the following in your version:

  • Mint
  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Lemon verbena
  • Orange Zest
  • Cloves
  • Rose petals
  • Lemongrass
  • Essential oils

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The Filth and the Fury

It amazes me how everyday people go through their lives without understanding the true wonder that is sugar soap.

Sugar soap is, quite simply, the best thing since god invented grottiness. If there is a god, that is. Unfortunately there is no question about there being grottiness in the world.

With my meglamonical approach to the paint roller (there being only one at the time), my able bodied helper Mr H, who shall be profiled in a separate post (or two),  stepped up to clean the kitchen.

And what a task it was. Unfortunately, I neglected to take close-up before photos and words do not do the dirt justice.

It took 7 rounds of cleaning to take  off layer after layer of grease from the kitchen cupboards. After a cocktail of chemicals and elbow grease they are now almost back to the white they once originally were thanks to determined and regular application by Mr H and myself of the following:

  1. Surface spray
  2. Bam
  3. Sugarsoap
  4. Bam
  5. Gumption
  6. Sugarsoap
  7. Gumption

Even now, some of my cupboards will only be truly white when I replace them with a new white kitchen.

To share with you the horror – the absolute horror – here is a pic of the tiles above the stove which we cleaned and the tiles we had to clean once the stove was moved:

Bam and the dirt is...slightly gone

Bam and the dirt is...slightly gone

Yes it was dissssssssssgussssssssssssssssting.

It was like the prevous inhabitants quickly wiped over the counter top (and even then I am not so sure they did even that) and never washed anything else in their lives.

Mr H scrub-a-dub-dubbed the filters for my extractor fan…which we then had to soak in almost neat sugar soap before they were actually clean.

It took 48 hours of bathing in Mr Muscle before he could shift the grot from the inside of the oven and grill. Well the stove was soaked in Mr Muscle, not Mr H…

We went through a whole tin of Mr Muscle, at least 8 litres of sugar soap, a whole bottle of easy off bam and several layers of skin to get this kitchen semi passable.

Here you can see the cleaned top of the stove and the dirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrt on the side of the stove once we moved it:

Picture out of focus to preserve you from the true horror that was the grot on the side of the stove...

Picture out of focus to preserve you from the true horror that was the grot on the side of the stove...

It took sugar soap, gumption and a scourer to get all that off.

I had to use a toothbrush to get the filth out of the crevices in the stove:

Don't worry, I didn't use my toothbrush. I used yours ;)

Don't worry, I didn't use my toothbrush. I used yours 😉

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