Bicarbonate of soda or baking soda, can be found in most people’s kitchens. If not, it is easy to get hold of, not expensive and is a brilliant multi-tasker. it is not only useful for cooking, it can also work wonders as a cleaning product.

Here are a few useful tips on how to use it.

  1. Cleaning – Mix it with water and lemon juice to clean hard surfaces in your kitchen and bathroom. Its great on tiles, stainless steel, microwaves, baths, showers and even cooking utensils. It will also remove mildew.

  1. Burnt on food – mix with water and some washing liquid and soak a dirty pan or dish.


  1. The fridge – If you’re left with a foul smelling fridge after having something like some smelly cheese in it, place a small pot of bicarb in the fridge and it will absorb the smell without tainting anything else.


  1. Fruit and veg – mix bicarb with water to help remove the dirt and waxy coating on unwashed fruit and vegetables.


  1. Upholstery and dog beds – Sprinkle it onto a smelly dog bed, leave it for 15 minutes and then vacuum it off. It also works on musty smelling upholstery.


  1. Toys – Dip and damp sponge into some bicarb and wipe dirty, sticky toys.


  1. Walls – If your child has just drawn you a nice picture on the wall, a damp cloth dipped in bicarb should help get it off.


  1. Laundry – Whites and colours will come out brighter if you add 200g to your load. You can still use your normal liquid detergent at the same time.

  1. The loo – Sprinkle some bicarb and lemon juice into your loo and leave it for a while. Then go back and give it a good scrub.


  1. Drains – If you have a sluggish drain pour 1 cup of each bicarb and I cup of white vinegar down the drain and leave it for a few minutes. Follow on with a kettle full of boiling water.


  1. Stinky trainers – sprinkle some bicarb into them after you used them and shake it out just before you next put them on.


  1. Rubbish bin – get rid of those nasty smells by sprinkling some in your bin after you’ve emptied it.


  1. Oil spill – if your car has leaked oil onto a concrete garage floor sprinkle some bicarb onto it and then attack it with a wet brush.


  1. Clean up the BBQ – use some bicarb to help scrub off a summer’s worth of grease and grime.


15. Sponges and dishcloths – Soak them in bicarb and water to get rid of smells.