Baking Soda Drain Cleaner And Freshener

In my post about the wonky smell, I mentioned that I cleaned my kitchen drains with a baking soda and vinegar mixture. However, I have come to realize that some people don’t know how to do this. It’s really quite simple and I’ll explain it here. (I’ll try to take pics or maybe a video to post along with this the next time I do it.)

Not only is this easy it’s also a cheap way to clean and maintain your drains and garbage disposal. These ingredients are environmentally friendly as well. I have also used this method to clear drain clogs as well as toilet clogs.

We have also found that this helps a lot when we have gnats and/or fruit flies hanging around the kitchen! Continue reading “Baking Soda Drain Cleaner And Freshener”

Keeper of The Home: Getting Rid of Hard Water Stains

This is another post for my Keeper of The Home section. I know that it can be downright frustrating when you live in a home where you can clean, scrub, and it just doesn’t seem to make a difference.

Well our bathroom is one of those areas that just never seems to be clean enough. Granted I have not had the time to do a major, top to bottom, cleaning in this room since we moved in but I have been doing the basics. It is getting cleaner every time I do my daily and weekly cleanings but it is still aggravating to walk in and see those orange brown stains everywhere. Yuck!

You will need:

  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Pumice Stone
  • Gloves
  • Scrub sponge
  • Elbow grease (you may need more than you think)

This is what we are starting with:


For the shower:

Make a thick paste with the baking soda and vinegar. (I started with about 1/4 c. baking soda and just added a few drops of vinegar at a time to make the paste.)

Then spread the paste on the stain.


Let it sit 10-15 minutes or longer and then use your scrub sponge to start cleaning it.

It actually came off rather easily where I had a good bit of paste spread on. Some of the other areas needed a bit more elbow grease but I managed to get most of it clean.


There was still a bit of orange in the bottom of the shower… I guess I didn’t notice it as much before because of the stain on the wall. I sprinkled this with a bit of Comet and let it sit while I went to work on the toilet.

(A bit of bleach would probably work as well but this bathroom is very small with no fan so I didn’t want to be around the fumes while I cleaned the toilet.)


After I finished the toilet I scrubbed some more…


It isn’t perfect but it is so much better than it was when I started. I keep this squeegee from Dollar Tree in the shower as our shower has a low side and tends to keep water in one side.

Now for the toilet:

You probably want to put your gloves on if you haven’t already done so. Flush the toilet and turn the water supply off so that the water level stays low.


Grab the pumice stone. (I had broken mine in half as I thought half would do but I ended up using the whole stick and need to get another one.)


You need to get the stone wet first and then rub it back and forth on the stain. (I used it first on some stains on the sink.)


Scrub a little at a time and make sure to get the stone wet to generate the paste.


This may or may not take a lot of elbow grease depending on how bad the stain is.


This is what was left of the stone when I finished. I will get another one when I go grocery shopping so I can finish this up.


The shower and the toilet may not be perfect but they are a lot better than they were to start with:

I made quite a bit of progress in here today and I am pleased with the way it turned out. I still have a lot of work to do but I will tackle it one day at a time.



Start Date: Jan 20 , 2014
End Date: Ongoing
Type: Evergreen
Categories: Clothing & Accessories,Electronics,Home & Garden,Sports & Outdoors,Tools & Hardware