Monday, January 28, 2013

Removing Baked On Stains with Bicarbonate of Soda

I keep a lot of baked on stains in the kitchen, not out of love, but because my elbow grease is too precious.  However, with some Bicarb of Soda, it becomes so much easier to say bye-bye to baked on stains.

One brand of Bi-Carb Soda
Bi-carb of soda is easy to find (check grocery stores) and comes in various brands.  And they are inexpensive.

Baking Tray with Baked in Stains

I am using one of our oven trays for illustration here.  The tray has been cleaned many many times but the baked on stains remain.  This has been going on for years.  The pic shows that I have just started applying the bicarb soda paste.

You can apply the bicarb-soda by first making a thick paste (bicarb soda + a little water), or as I have done here, by poring the bicarb-soda powder over the baked in stains, and then dribbling bits of water onto the powder and make a paste to cover said stains.

Baked in stains coved by bi-carb soda paste

Once you have the stains covered, leave overnight.

As this is my first application, over stains that have not been shifted in years (like 5 years!), I don't expect a perfect result.

On the next day, apply a little bit of elbow grease (give the tray a wee scrub with a light scourer).  You will find that it takes much less effort and that most of the stains will come off easily.

Here is the result from one application of bi-carb soda over the years old baked in stains:
Baking Tray after 1 round of Bi-carb Soda application
It all depends on how much and how long the baked in stains have been.  The more and/or longer the stains may require more than one application of Bi-carb Soda for a perfect clean.

You can use Bi-Carbonate of Soda to removed baked in / burnts stains and other long-standing stains on:

  • baking trays
  • steel pots and pans
  • enamel ware
  • chinaware and ceramics
  • glass

Bi-Carb Soda also removes smells.  So having a small bowl of Bi-Carb Soda powder in your fridge will help to keep it smelling fresh.

Enjoy removing your baked in stains and stuff with the wonderful Bi-Carbonate of Soda.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New DIY Blog Ready to Go

Yesterday I spent the entire day, intensely but enjoyably creating a new site.  It took me but forever to choose where I was going to open the site.

Despite the immense eagerness to start, I had to rein myself in to figure out which and what platforms would give me the features I needed.

The new site is DIY Clearly Helena and you are SO WELCOME to drop by :D

click and go directly to new DIY Clearly Helena - a diy crafter's journey

This new site is design with simplicity and functionality in mind - both for myself and for viewers.

I wanted a place not just to showcase my natty arty doodah creations, but as a place of record - so that I could include notes and tips and pointers - as a reminder to myself over time, and also as a useful resource for interested others - namely You!

But rather than just blogging day by day or whenever, making it not the easiest way to find old notes when you most need them, the new site had to be able to deliver easily categorized and searchable results.  So if we were looking for examples of handmade necklaces, then one could easily find it under .... you guessed it: Necklaces!!!

Some other sites I already have (e.g. Jewelry Making Beads & Library) did already allow me to create easy navigation for my viewers but oh, it was and is a nightmare for me to write them up and manage them.  Which is why I now have a TON of finished work that is as yet unposted and sadly, unseen and unshared.

Anyway, this is just a wee heads up to Invite you over to my new (so if you are an early bird, be patient - I am still trying to squeeze time to write up) DIY Clearly Helena site when you can be sure to get notes and loads of pics as guides.  And feel free to comment and assist me in improving.  Cheerio!