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  20. shanaaz

    Hey there. love your blog. i have used baking soda and vinegar to remove burnt on grease. u need to use the neutralisation reaction itself, not the products. what i do is add dry baking soda onto the grease, and then add the vinegar on top. let it bubble, and then wipe away. do not add water, especially cold, cause the grease will set right away. its a messy process, but it does work. u can do the same with surfaces, dry baking soda, spray vinegar, rub and rinse. you are right in saying if you mix them beforehand nothing will happen

    • pepsigenerationgal

      The removing burnt-on grease item posted here by “shanaaz” is very effective. I’ve used vinegar and baking soda together in exactly this way after several trial-and-error methods to get grease out of ovens, toaster ovens, broilers, stove hoods, etc. It is especially important NOT to mix them together in advance. I found that the easiest way to apply this method is to take an old toothbrush (or nail brush, or whatever scrubbing item you prefer) and dip it in vinegar (poured by itself into a bowl or cup or whatever), then sprinkle the baking soda on top of it from the box, or else use a bowl of baking soda and sort of “scoop” the wet brush into it. NOTE: At some point you’ll have to replenish the bowls with fresh vinegar/baking soda because either they’ll run out or else they’ll neutralize each other. This happens when the fizz effect no longer happens or else it just won’t cut thru the grease itself.

      THE “TRICK” … is to create the “fizz” while the soda is sitting on the grease, which makes it much easier to clean residue with just the brush and a little more dry baking soda. I don’t know why/how, but the “live” chemical reaction combined with scrubbing makes the grease roll up into little dough balls (soda absorbs it) and you can just fluff it away. It’s lots easier than trying to cut thru gooey grease with vinegar alone or with a spray chemical product (if you dare to inhale).

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  26. I love this post. SO helpful. I just started using vinegar to clean, but didn’t really have any recipes for specific uses. One question, if I clean my oven/stove top with baking soda, should I wet the surface first or just sprinkle it on dry?

    • pepsigenerationgal

      See more detailed instructions from me on this, a few entries above yours, as a reply to post by shanaaz…

  27. Adrienne

    Man … a lot of your responses are spam people with their spammy names right in the title.

    You can tell they are spam because of their idiotic responses.

    With that said, I think what a lot of people are missing in the use of vinegar and baking soda is the response of the chemical reaction in and of itself.

    If you mix them together, that important reaction is gone right away. You really cannot mix them together. But you can do the vinegar/conditioner, and then throw in 1/4 cup of baking soda and that would give you what you want.

    I do this in order to get soft water and help combat against iron in my water – of which I have both!

    • pepsigenerationgal

      And although the vinegar/soda thing works well on greasy ovens, etc., you are right that it does nothing for the laundry… separately perhaps, but never together… as they do neutralize each other’s solo chemical benefits.

  28. Kite

    The bubbles in the reaction maaaaayyyyy have some cleaning effect if used straight away, on some surfaces, but really, yeah, no it’s mostly a completely pointless exercise.

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  31. I do my laundry with borax, vinegar, and baking soda. Sometimes i add castile soap. My clothes are always fresh and clean afterwards. ::shrug::

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  33. Katherine

    You’ve actually explained something to me that I found in practice but didn’t understand – AND is a method of cleaning using baking soda and vinegar that works – but .. is messy. You use an old spice shaker bottle to sprinkle baking soda along the grout lines, and pour vinegar over top – and then scrub with a grout brush. Mixed together in advance it’s largely useless, but when the reaction happens ON the grout, it was highly effective (combined with elbow grease, of course). It must be that carbonic acid for the very short time before it breaks down. However, now you’re left with salt ALL over your clean tile, and I had to use tile scrubber that puts down and picks up water to get it off the floor again.. so I don’t recommend it for regular cleaning, but it really works great for once every few years deep cleaning instead of the harsh smelly cleaners.

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    It’s so funny you spoke about your own fabric softener. Although it is environmentally bad, I’m too brainwashed to give it up! So I dampen a BRIGHT ORANGE wash cloth with softener and water. I never wah this cloth. I toss it in the dryer. It lasts several loads, then I repeat.
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  36. So I accidentally drank the residue of soda and water in a cup of water…don’t ask me how but it was the middle of the night and was going for a cup of water. I realized it after I had gulped it down and could taste something weird, but I was too sleepy to do anything about it except spit out the last remaining mouthful. I didn’t die…but was a little worried because that was washing soda, not made for baking, but I only have a headache and had to poo several times. In short I don’t recommend this to drink, even if it is supposed to be mostly water. =-)

  37. Adrienne

    Well it cleaned you out well … so … bonus!! LOL!!!!

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