I have to confess that I don’t use baking powder much for baking – personally I prefer cakes made with self-raising flour as I have always found them lighter than ones made with plain flour and baking powder.
But I do use baking powder a lot, because it is the best all-purpose cleaner you can get. Not only that, but it is non-toxic and cheaper than the well-packaged cleaning products. Here are just some of the uses:
- Removing bad smells – a small bowl of baking soda in the ‘fridge, freezer or cupboards will keep away bad smells. You can also sprinkle in the bottom of the bin or on top of the carpet to remove the smells. You will need to vacuum the carpet after about 15 minutes.
- Surface cleaning – To clean surfaces, sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth. Wipe, then rinse with clean water.
- Cleaning food containers and flasks – stale smells can be removed by rinsing it with hot water a baking soda. For persistent smells soak overnight in baking soda and water mixture.
- Clean cutlery – (including silver) – make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to one part water. Rub the paste onto each item, then rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.
- Floor cleaning – scuffs or grease spills can be cleaned by sprinkling with baking soda then wiping with a warm, damp cloth.
- Pan cleaning – burnt-on food can be cleaned off by sprinkling with baking soda and adding hot water. Leave to soak overnight and it will clean more easily.
- Surface cleaning – make up that paste again, apply to the surface, leave for a while then scrub or wipe clean with a damp cloth.
- Preventing clogged drains – pour about 50g down the sink every week and rinse through with hot water.
- Children’s toys – always tricky to clean, just mix about 50g baking soda with 1 litre warm water. Submerge the toy in the solution or use a cloth that has been submerged in it, then rinse with clear water.
- Cloth stains – either pre-treat the stain with the baking soda paste or add soda to the washing powder.
Baking powder can be bought in bulk off the internet, but also from Chinese supermarkets and Poundland.