by Barbara of BarbaraNaturallySpeaking
I’m so excited to learn some additional uses for baking soda and vinegar. Yeah, Yeah, I know that some of you know what I’m about to discuss already, but it’s new for me.
Ok, here’s the scoop. As a child my mother used to tell me that you could use vinegar to wash out a perm. Well, I realized this statement was a myth that was passed along through generations. Although, I never tried a vinegar rinse, I believe that my mother was really trying to relay an age old secret on how a vinegar rinse can remove residue.
Well, that mystery was solved, but I still needed to figure out what to do about one of my bathroom sinks that’s been stopped up for months. My mother advised me to pour some vinegar and baking soda down the sink. I was skeptical, because initially I figured I could go buy some draino or call a plumber because this was a serious clog. I’m embarrassed to say that this particular sink has been clogged for months. Anyways I did some research and decided to pour 3/4 cup of baking soda down my drain. Next I grabbed the long end of a rat tailed comb and stuffed as much of the baking soda down into the drain as possible. After that I poured a 1/2 cup of white vinegar down the drain. I then closed off my drain so that the mixture wouldn’t bubble up and out of the drain. I wanted it to stay down in the drain so that it could work on that dog-gone clog. Mind you this is the bathroom that my hubby frequently leans over to cut his hair. So I know that it has a lot of small hairs. I’m not off the hook though, because I frequently use the upstairs bathroom for working on my hair. I just purchased a drain cover that keeps it protected from hair. Hum, I guess I should get one for the downstairs bathroom also. Anyways, I let the mixture sit in the sink for 30 minutes. After that I poured a medium sized pot of boiling water down the drain. I ran water and OMG! that darn sink was still plugged. I then plunged it once and scooped out the gook with an old cup. Then I repeated the entire process of pouring baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water down the drain. This time Wow! it worked like a charm. Now I keep turning on the water just to see the water run down the drain effortlessly.
My mama was right and I declare I saved some dollars this evening. I frequently use my vinegar and water mixtures for cleaning glass and cleaning the shower and tub, but now I know how to truly use this mixture to unstop a sink. I’m so excited!
I was even more excited to read the back of the baking soda box to learn of it’s multiple uses. Here goes:
1. Add 1 cup with liquid laundry detergent for cleaner, fresher clothes
2. Scrub and stains and grease without scratching.
3. Remove tough stains in bathrooms.
4. Absorb and eliminate odors.
5. Add 1 teaspoon to your shampoo once a week for fuller, more manageable hair.
6. Place 1/2 cup in your tub for a refreshing bath
7. Apply a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water in a circular motion, for use as a gentle facial exfoliant.
From this day forward, I promise to keep “Arm & Hammer” Baking Soda and “Vinegar” in my home at all times. These are the best darn natural products for removing residue (so they say) and unclogging a sink (I have personal experience with this one).