You are asking yourself, why a website like this is doing a blog like that!
Well...... because I found it fascinating .
After growing up with soda crystals, I spent most of my life wondering what the hell they were invented for (yup... innocent ignorance).
This was until last week, for the first time in my entirety, the drain outside blocked due to my absent minded use of the kitchen sink after using my frying pan, most often after frying ground meat or quorn for one of our many recipes which require one to 'drain the ground meat or meat substitute' before adding other ingredients.
After spending an absolute fortune on drain unblockers (yeah .... unblocked my.................)
I hit the internet for ideas. I discovered blog after blog, article after article, forum post after forum post all saying 'go buy some soda crystals'.
So we did!
After around 5 swooshes with this miracle gem, its clear.. and never again will oil or fat go anywhere near my kitchen sink!! (FYI we now tip it into a heat resistant cup, once cooled we put into a food bag and bin it)
Below are 20 of the tips I discovered on my internet (hours long) searching. Including our drain discovery.
1. BLOCKED SINKS AND DRAINS (well im going to do this first right)
Outside Drain ~ We poured 500g of soda crystals down inside our outside drain (which the kitchen sink has a pipe to) followed by 1 litre of BOILING water. then do not use the kitchen sink (or dishwasher/washing machine) for a minimum of 30 minutes. (overnight is better)
rinse and repeat until clear.
We also added half a cup of washing power (detergent) for half of the rinse through's to help.
Inside Drain ~ Pour half a cup to a cup of soda crystals down your sink or drain, then pour down a kettle full of boiled water.
2. WASHING MACHINE CLEANER
About once a month it’s worthwhile giving your washing machine a clean. Simply pour 1 cup of soda crystals in the drum and run an empty Hot wash (the hottest your machine will go). It really helps clears soap gunk and any hard water deposits from your machine.
3. DISHWASHER CLEANING
In a similar manner to cleaning your washing machine, soda crystals can be used to clean your dishwasher. Simply add soda crystals to the detergent dispenser then run your dishwasher on the hottest wash your dishwasher allows for to give it a right good clean.
Did you know, you can even use soda crystals as an alternative to dish washing liquid (detergent)
4. SPATTERED HOB AND EXTRACTOR FAN
Wipe clean hobs, extractors and other greasy kitchen surfaces with a strong solution of 200g soda crystals dissolved in 1 pint (500ml) of hot water. Leave stubborn marks to soak for a minute or two, then wipe down with a clean cloth. But don't use soda crystals on aluminium surfaces, it will discolour them!
5. MOSSY PATHS AND PATIOS
Make easy work of removing unsightly moss and algae from paving by sprinkling soda crystals on the affected areas, then moistening with water using a watering can or hose. Leave the solution to soak in for 24 hours, by which time the moss will turn brown and be easy to remove
6. WASHING CLOTHES
You can remove dirt and stains in a way that's gentle on sensitive skin by soaking clothes in a solution of 100g soda crystals to 1 pint (500ml) hot water. Leave to stand for at least an hour, but preferably overnight, then machine or hand wash .
7. FLOOR CLEANER
For an eco-friendly floor cleaner, add 1 tablespoon of soda crystals to a mop bucket of hot water. You can add essential oils too – around 30 drops of your favourite oil.
8. GREASY PANS
Soak greasy pans or those encrusted with burnt-on food in a solution of soda crystals and hot water – the longer you can leave them to soak the better. And if your roasting tray is full of fat after cooking a roast, sprinkle on dry crystals while the tray is still hot. Leave to stand for a few minutes so the crystals soak up the fat, then scrape the mixture into the bin.
9. TEA AND COFFEE CUP STAIN REMOVER
You know those pesky stains you get in the bottom of mugs? To remove them add half a teaspoon of soda crystals per mug and fill with boiling water. Leave to soak until cool, and then rinse and wash as normal. The stains should wash out easily.
10. TOILET CLEANER
Soda crystals make a good bleach alternative to cleaning stained toilets. Two parts soda crystals to two parts water. Pour down your solution down the toilet and leave for 15 – 30 minutes before giving it a good scrub with your toilet brush. (which cleans your toilet brushes too.)
11. GREASY TILES
Dissolve one part soda crystals in three parts water, and using a cloth the grease will wipe off with ease.
12. WINDOWS AND MIRRORS
A very mild solution makes windows and mirrors sparkle. even your car windows!
soda crystals will help remove dead flies, bugs and grime off windshields. ~But avoid splashing onto paintwork.
13. WOOD BURNING STOVE CLEANER
If the glass of your wood burning stove is quite sooty soda crystals will take care of that. Dissolve a quarter cup of soda crystals in a litre of hot water and use to the clean the soot off of the glass.
14. MILDEW AND BLACKSPOT
Spray roses with a solution of one cup of milk and 1/4 cup washing soda to each gallon of water.
15. PEST CONTROL (white-fly and mites)
Spray trees or plants with a solution of 1/2 cup washing soda to two gallons of water.
16. TARNISHED SILVER
Bring your silver pieces back to their gleaming best. Line a bowl with foil and pour in hot water. Add 200g soda crystals to 1 pint (500ml) of hot water and wait for them to dissolve. Immerse your silver pieces (but not precious stones) in the solution. You'll see a fizzing reaction as the tarnish dissolves. Rinse each piece and dry.
17. STAINS ON CONCRETE
Pour soda crystals generously on spills and sprinkle lightly with water until a paste forms. Let stand overnight. The following day, scrub with a damp brush, hose down, and wipe surface clean.
18. BBQ GRILLS AND UTENSILS
To remove hardened accumulations of grease, scrub with soda crystals sprinkled on a wet brush. Or soak items in a solution of soda crystals dissolved in a gallon of warm water. Rinse and dry. Do not use on aluminium.