A fine spring day in Calgary… That’s snow in my front yard and our resident hare under our spruce tree. There has been great spring skiing at our favourite hill!
|During the spraying phase, with a puddle of oven residues at the bottom. But the back of the oven is looking good.|
Other things I cleaned with baking soda this month:
- Stove hood filter – by boiling in water and baking soda in a pot. I found the method at Jillee’s blog and it was very effective.
- My go-to cleaner for sinks and tubs is baking soda. (Just for fun, go ahead and spray the baking soda with vinegar and watch and listen to the bubbles!)
- Drain cleaner when used with vinegar
Baking Soda and Vinegar Chemistry facts:
Baking Soda + Vinegar (acetic acid) ===> Sodium acetate + water + carbon dioxide
NaHCO3 + CH3COOH ===> Na CH3COO + H2O + CO2
Did you know that the salt produced from the baking soda vinegar reaction (sodium acetate) is used to flavour salt and vinegar chips and it’s the chemical used in re-useable handwarmers that you click to activate?
Ever notice all the DIY cleaning solutions with baking soda and vinegar in them together?
Here are a couple articles about mixing baking soda and vinegar for cleaning purposes. It’s often not doing any good.
- DIY 101: Baking soda + vinegar = not so much, at Crunchy Betty
- 3 Things you should know before you mix baking soda and vinegar, at Little House in the Suburbs.
Baking with the baking soda and vinegar reaction:
One of my favourite recipes using vinegar and baking soda is Hurry up Chocolate Cake from the classic Edna Staebler cookbook More Food that Really Schmecks. There is a very similar recipe in the book “I hate to cook” cookbook.
It took my daughter to remind me that it is FUN to clean with baking soda. I agree.
All good clean fun, unless…
(Don’t worry, Bill is fine and advocating for science education.)