Wednesday, March 12, 2014

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a . . .

Please pardon my absence. Babies do not seem to understand blogging schedules, and so I have been busy quilting for babies who are just being born, and babies who were born a month ago. And I somehow managed to whip out two new quilts in just over a week. Considering that these quilts can take me months to buckle down and do, that it a minor feat.

I'll share quilts once they are out of the hands of the United States Postal Service, and have arrived safely at their final destination.  Today I want to tell you about my favorite household product. 

I have long used this product to clean my teeth, especially when I want to brighten them up a bit. In a pinch, I've used it as deodorant. And it's my go-to product for cleaning the drip pans under the stove burners. I am not even joking about that one. You will not find a better product to clean those chrome pans. Years ago, I also started using it as an exfoliant for my face. 

Sounds crazy, right? One product that I can use for so many different things. And no, it's not Windex. 

The one product I always have on hand for whatever delimma presents itself, is none other than sodium bicarbonate, otherwise known as baking soda. It is an all around wonder product. 

And I found a new use for it. Are you ready to hear what it is?

Let's back this story up. 

A few weeks ago, I was driving my roommate to the airport, well before the sun made it's appearance. My roommate drives a new truck. I drive a 15-year-old Camry. 

"Your lights are really dim compared to my truck," she said. 

Yes. I acknowledged that was likely true. Someone had pointed out years ago that my headlights were very oxidized, and had suggested I purchase a kit to clean it. But I never had. So they continued to shine a bit dim through their yellowed cover. 

This photo illustrates how the light cover looks a bit foggy. 

After that conversation on the way to the airport, I did a bit of research (aka a Google search). And I came upon a solution that elevated my all-purpose household cleaner to new heights. 

Yesterday, the weather was finally sufficiently warm enough. So I grabbed my box of baking soda and a wash cloth, and decided to see if this Super Product could indeed help my headlights. 

For all the above mentioned uses of baking soda, simply add a bit of water to make a paste. Slather it on and let it sit a minute. Then scrub, rinse and wipe clean. 

In less than five minutes, I had both headlights looking like this. 

Here you can really tell a difference between the clean light on the right and the foggy light on the left. 

When I finally get around to cleaning the rest of the car, I'm gonna try the new baking soda method again. I'm gonna a take more than just a couple of minutes, and see how bright I can really get these old lights to shine.

What's your go-to household cleaner? Do you have a product that you use for both cleaning and personal care? Tell me.


  1. Thanks for the tip! I have some drip pans that could really use some help!!!!!

    1. Hope it helps. With drip pans, I rinse them and then dump a ton of baking soda on them and let me sit for awhile in the sink. I may add a bit more water if I think it needs to be more of a paste, but not too much that it's soupy. It still takes some elbow grease to get them looking better, but not as much as it would without the baking soda. Good luck!

  2. I saw the dad from My Big Fat Greek Wedding and started chuckling. Then you said you use it on your teeth and I thought, "I sure hope it's not Windex!" My headlight covers need some help so I'll definitely give this a go. We use baking soda and white vinegar a lot.

    1. Hahaha! Glad you figured out that I don't brush my teeth with Windex. Although I know someone who accidentally used Icy Hot once. Ouch!