We spend a staggering one billion pounds a year on cleaning products in the UK and yet when it comes to cleaning, some good old fashioned housekeeping tips can save you money and leave you with sparkling results. So it’s time to stop using all those chemicals products to clean your home and opt for some vintage nifty thrifty home cleaning remedies

Reach for the bicarbonate of soda, because you are about to discover that it’s not just for baking!

Five Top Cleaning Tips with Bicarbonate of Soda

  1. Clean thermos flasks (new and vintage) with bicarbonate of soda and water, I find it takes any nasty smells away almost immediately.
  2. Degrease a glass oven door: To get rid of burned-on grime on a glass oven door, mix a thick paste of bicarbonate of soda with a tiny amount of water. Lay some old newspaper on the floor underneath the oven door and, wearing rubber gloves, use a cloth to rub the paste on the inside of the door. Leave it for about 15 minutes and then wash it off. This magic paste should also remove the remains of burnt food from a hob.
  3. To neutralise pet odours or other smells on your carpets and rugs lightly dust your carpets with bicarbonate of soda (I use a sieve to do this) leave overnight and then vacuum the following morning. You’ll find your carpets will be fresh and clean.
  4. If opening the fridge is becoming a stinky affair, then add a small bowl of bi carb to your fridge to neutralise smells. Change it once a month and your fridge should stay fresh even if you keep strong cheeses and the like in it.
  5. If you are a fan of vintage Tupperware you’ll be familiar with some of the strange smells and stains it can acquire, to tackle this problem soak smelly or stained Tupperware in hot water with a sprinkling of bicarbonate of soda and leave to soak overnight.IMG_9553[1]












About Seren Charrington-Hollins

ABOUT SEREN-CHARRINGTON-HOLLINS Describing my work through just one job title is difficult; because my professional life sees me wear a few hats: Food Historian, period cook, broadcaster, writer and consultant. I have a great passion for social and food history and in addition to researching food history and trends I have also acted as a consultant on domestic life and changes throughout history for a number of International Companies. In addition to being regularly aired on radio stations; I have made a number of television appearances on everything from Sky News through to ITV’s Country House Sunday, Holiday of a Lifetime with Len Goodman , BBC4’s Castle’s Under Siege, BBC South Ration Book Britain; Pubs that Built Britain with Hairy Bikers and BBC 2’s Inside the Factory. Amongst other publications my work has been featured in Period Living Magazine, Telegraph, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Great British Food Magazine and I write regularly for a variety of print and online publications. I am very fortunate to be able to undertake work that is also my passion and never tire of researching; recreating historical recipes and researching changing domestic patterns. Feel free to visit my blog,