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WARNING: Please check the story on baking soda if you are (or want to be) a savvy housekeeper.
Otherwise, do what I do. Check with the guys who are trained to do the job.


Ever get that 'Am I poisoning the home with so many artificial cleaners' feeling. It's not a lost cause. Help is at hand; in fact it is on most kitchen shelves. The lowly but incredibly versatile, Baking Soda works as a -

  • Carpet Freshener: Combine cup baking soda, 2 tbsp-corn starch, and cup perfumed talcum powder. Sprinkle on dry carpet; let it stand 5 to 15 minutes, then vacuum.
  • Refrigerators : To clean exterior and interior walls, dissolve 2 tbsp baking soda in 1 qt warm water and wipe all surfaces. For stubborn spots, rub with baking soda paste. Be sure to rinse with a clean, wet cloth. (This works well on other enamel-finished appliances as well.)

Actually I do have a long list of the miracles baking soda can perform. Baking soda is unique, in that, it deodorizes by bringing both acidic and basic odour molecules into a neutral, more odour-free state. So use it as a personal deodorant for underarms and feet as well as a household deodorant.

Anything from whitening your teeth to smothering a fire. The list is endless. Maybe you could come up with some novel (and not-so-novel) tips on housekeeping. Just e-mail us and share it with GoDubaiites.

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