Practical Uses for Baking Soda at Home

Chris George Homes

Practical Uses for Baking Soda at Home

Baking soda is best known as a major ingredient for baking bread and cakes. However, there are many more uses for baking soda that just cooking. In fact, you can use baking soda in a variety of unexpected ways around the house.

Here are some practical uses of baking soda to try in your home:

  • A cup of baking soda can help make your clothes cleaner during laundry.
  • A small sprinkle of baking soda around your toilet bowl can help clean off the grime that makes it look dirty. It also eliminates odor.
  • If you have trouble removing grease from your pots and pans, mix some baking with your dish soap and apply it to the grease. You will be amazed at how much easier it is to scrub away the grease.
  • Keep pests away from your food and your pets’ food bowls. It is a natural deterrent to insects…

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Mudroom Makeover for under $100!

mudroom makeover after with focus on hooks, chalboard, storage bench  mudroom makeover before

For a busy family, even a small mudroom can change the whole flow of a home. Just ask Emily Allison, whose entryway off the garage of her Houston home caught a lot of clutter but lacked a real system for corralling the family of three’s outerwear and bags.

To devise a fix, Emily cleared out the space so she could create a mini drop zone. First, she used paint she had on hand to make bold navy and white stripes on the wall of the entry—a feature she’d wanted to include in her home elsewhere but lacked a logical spot for.

Then, she worked with her cousin’s husband, Ben Landers, to design a custom storage seat, which he built for her out of cabinet-grade birch plywood. Emily painted it with the same leftover white paint used on the walls to give it a bright, clean look. Storage baskets borrowed from other parts of the house provide places to hide shoes.

A charming coatrack—a $10 garage-sale steal—holds outerwear, keys, and her 3-year-old’s school gear, no longer strewn around the house; a new chevron rug stops dirt at the door. “Sometimes you do a room and get tired of it,” says Emily, who blogs at

“I still really love that room. I haven’t changed a thing about it!”

The Project Tally
• Created large graphic stripes on the wall with paint she had on hand $0

• Constructed a bench from birch plywood and pine 1x2s and 1x4s, then trimmed it out with stop molding before coating it with leftover paint $65

• Scored a chalkboard coatrack at a yard sale $10

• Finished off the space with a bright cotton area rug$20

Total: $95

via Mudroom Makeover for $95 — This Old House: Home Improvement Advice and News

5 Easy Ways to Brighten up Your Curb Appeal — Iknowmyloans

It can be easy to forget, but the first thing people will see when they come to your home is the outside, so it’s important to have a well-maintained and picturesque property that represents the inside of your home positively. If you’re looking for a few ways to boost your outdoor space, here are a few tips to help with curb appeal.

via 5 Easy Ways to Brighten up Your Curb Appeal — Iknowmyloans

New Listing!

232 Stedman Streeet, Lowell


HEAT & ELECTRIC INCLUDED – WHAT A GREAT DEAL!! Open and Spacious 2 bedroom apartment that’s part of a private residence consisting of 4 units and just steps from the Chelmsford line. Large cathedral ceiling living room with brand new carpeting open to newly renovated eat in kitchen with new tile backsplash and flooring. Large bay windows, skylight and slider offer much sunshine. Large master bedroom with his/her closets. Updated bath with new tile floor. Freshly painted and plenty of space!