9 Common Uses for Baking Soda in Birmingham & Homewood

We see the commercials all the time. Someone sprinkling baking soda into a litter box or on a carpet to freshen and eliminate odors. Or those touting the cleaning power of baking soda toothpaste or laundry detergent.

The truth is, baking soda is a powerful little weapon when it comes to cleaning and deodorizing. But have you really tapped its full potential?

Let’s have a look:

  • Soak your toothbrush overnight in baking soda and water to clean the bristles and rid them of bacteria and germs.

  • Remove food stains from plastic containers with a paste of baking soda and water.Toothbrush and Sodium Bicarbonate

  • Remove perspiration stains from clothing by rubbing in a paste of baking soda and water, and letting that sit for an hour. Then wash the clothing in your washing machine as usual.

  • Clean wax, dirt, and pesticides from fruit and vegetables by soaking them in a basin filled with water and 3 tablespoons of baking soda. Rinse well with clean water, and enjoy.

  • Add a cup of baking soda to your bath water to soften skin and relieve irritation. You can also relieve your baby’s diaper rash by adding a couple tablespoons into his or her bath water.

  • Sprinkle baking soda in your tub, shower, sinks and tile floors, then scrub with a clean sponge or washcloth. Rinse and allow to dry.

  • To remove cooking, cigarette or pet odors from a room, pour some baking soda in a small bowl and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

  • Keep that bouquet of flowers looking fresh longer by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to the water in the vase.

  • Sprinkle a little baking soda inside your kitchen plastic trash bin to absorb odors.

So, have we covered all the bases on how to get the most from that little box of baking soda? Not by a long shot. In fact, if you’ve come up with one or more effective uses of baking soda all your own, contact us by email now so we can share them with our many other blog readers.

Green Plumbing Tips for Birmingham Home Owners

Energy and natural resource conservation has gone way beyond a “nice thing to do” here in Birmingham and neighboring communities.Birmingham

People far and wide are engaging in green living practices to the point where they’ve become habits.  And great habits, at that.

At Eagle Service Company, we’re green living advocates with numerous ways to provide assistance, and often by simply offering up some friendly neighborhood advice.  So, from our house to yours, here are five highly effective green plumbing tips

1. Repair Leaky Faucets

An unattended leaky faucet can waste 20 gallons, and more, per day.  Fast action is the best response.  But what about those leaks that aren’t so easy to spot.  From time to time, remove everything from under your sink and check for damp areas on the cabinet floor and the wall behind it.  You can also check for leaking water around the base of your water heater and behind your refrigerator, especially if the latter has a built-in ice maker.

2.   Insulate Exposed Water Pipes
If you have water pipes inside un-insulated walls, crawl spaces, or your garage, insulating them allows water to heat up faster, which means less waste.

3.   Replace Your Water-Guzzling Older Toilet with a Low-Flush Model
Older toilets use 3-5 gallons per flush.  And while that was an improvement over their “Jurassic” predecessors that consumed about 7 gallons, it’s still far cry from today’s low-flush and dual-flush models.  Environmentally-conscious low flow toilets use just 1.6 gallons per flush, max.  That means an average family of four will reduce their water consumption by 22,000 gallons of four by replacing just one toilet with a low-flush model.  At the same time, you’ll cut your annual water bill by about $100. Birmingham-2

4.   Shower Heads and Faucets
Low-flow shower heads and faucets also go a long way to reducing water consumption without any significant loss of pressure.

5.   Tankless Water Heaters Tankless water heaters conserve both energy and water.  First, they heat up water only when you turn on a hot water faucet or appliance.  By contrast, your storage tank water heater works 24/7 to heat its contents so it’s ready when you are.  With its hot water “on demand” function, a tankless water heater also conserves water by providing hot water almost  instantly.

Contact Eagle Service Company today or any time for help in reducing your family’s water and energy consumption.  We have the experience and modern technology to make it happen.