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Introducing the hardest working staple in your pantry

Bi-carb soda 10 ways 

Bicarbonate soda – or bi-carb as we so fondly refer to it – is a pantry staple in most Australian homes and for good reason. Not only is it the secret ingredient in most cakes, biscuits, pancakes – and even natural kids slime – it’s also a powerhouse product that is cheap, non-toxic and safe for the environment. Whether it’s removing your toddler’s crayon from the sofa, getting rid of a stench in your bin or making a DIY body scrub, bi-carb’s got you. Here are some of our favourite uses.

1.Remove kitchen bin odours

Deodorise kitchen bins by sprinkling bi-carb inside, the smell will vanish overnight.

2. Freshen kitchen cloths

Soak kitchen cloths overnight in water and bi-carb solution to remove stubborn odours.

3. Dirty microwave? 

Bicarb will help; place a bowl of water mixed with with 2 tablespoons of bi-carb in the microwave, turn on high for 1 minute, then wipe down the interior with a damp cloth.

4. Fruit and vege wash

More effective than water alone, wash your fruit and veges in water and bi-carb to remove pesticides and waxy film.

5. Sanitise baby bottles

Forget cumbersome santisiers that take up precious bench space, scoop two tablespoons of bicarb into the bottle, fill with hot water and leave to soak before rinsing.

6. Brighten jewellery

Remove tarnish on sterling silver by making a paste – three parts baking soda to one part water – and apply it to jewellery with a lint-free cloth, and then rise. Avoid paper towel which can scratch.

7. Whiter whites in the laundry

Add two tablespoons of bicarb to your wash for brighter whites.

8. DIY body scrub

Add ¼ teaspoon of bi-carb to your own body wash, make sure it’s dissolved before applying to your body in circular motions. Rinse. Is that ok for sensitive skin? 

9. Refresh your toothbrushes

Breathe new life into toothbrushes my soaking in water and bi-carb overnight. 

10. Remove toddler crayon from surfaces

Whether it’s your kitchen benchtop, the carpet or the sofa, remove crayon marks using a water and bicarb solution to gently scrub the area.

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