Sunday, August 26, 2012

Baking Soda Weed Update

 It is week two of the Baking Soda weed experiment.  Do you remember my Pinterest tip that spreading baking soda around will help keep weeds away?  The baking soda changes the acidity of the soil so weeds don't grow.  Want to take a look around?  This area is usually a virtual weed bed, but there are only a few stragglers, here and there.

 When I read about this tip on Pinterest, it said that baking soda can also stop grass from growing out of its intended area.  I do not think the baking soda is helping here, as in this part of Florida we have St. Augustine grass (crab grass for you lovelies up north), it grows more like a vine so it can grow right over the top of the baking soda.  But all in all I am happy so far with the experiment.

Remember baking soda can be harmful to animals, I was very, very careful with my Max.

 
 Do you have tea stains in your cups?  Well I have tried everything to get them out.  Soaks in vinegar, scrubbing and scrubbing, until I just let them be.  Yesterday as I was cleaning out my stainless steel sink with a steel wool pad, I grabbed my cup and washed it out.  Three seconds later I had an almost stain free cup.

 In true blog fashion I grabbed my camera and cleaned out another cup, taking pictures as proof.  Really who else other than a blogger would take a picture of a tea cup stain.

 Can you believe it?  It is almost like new.  

So I grabbed all of them and cleaned them all.  As the cup says, It's Good To Be Queen, and the Queen likes her tea cups clean.
 Have a great day.

17 comments:

Pammy Sue said...

A little bleach in your dishwater would help those stains too. My mom used soapy water with bleach it in all the time. Darn, at first I thought you were going to read some tea leaves for us! Hehehe.

That bag is so pretty. It's a shame you don't like the way it turned out. I'm pretty sure you were increasing when you joined. I have learned to use the invisible join method. If you Google that, there are several of them out there with instructions. Also, always skip the ch-1 stitch that you began your row with and join to the next stitch. I bet that's where you went wrong. Don't give up! Try it again with something smaller, like a gift bag or something.

Pammy Sue said...

Here is a link to the invisible join instructions I use. After you to it a couple of times, you will have it committed to memory. It works! http://sarahlondon.wordpress.com/2009/08/10/seamless-symmetrical/

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Thank you for letting us know about the baking soda and the weeds. That's great news! :)

Love the cups, too. :)

Hugs to you and Max

Dee said...

After Isaac goes away, I'll be heading out with my baking soda! Look out weeds. Here comes Arm and Hammer!

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

Great info, Mere. Love the queen cup too!

S
xo

Cozy Little House said...

I tried the baking soda, but probably didn't apply it enough. Good to know about the stains!
Brenda

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

That's interesting about the baking soda. I have never heard about that one before. I wish I knew what the answer was too a white film in my just washed dishes in the dishwasher. Cloudy glasses and a chalky feel to stoneware plates. The Jet dry is full so that's not the problem. I feel like it is ruining all of my dishes and stainless steel. The dishwasher is only about 3 years old. ~Hugs, Patti

Susanne said...

LOL on the tea cup stains, hey if it works then so be it. The Arm & Hammer people will be glad for your passed on tip about the baking soda...the plant is just a few miles down the road from me and I pass it to and from babysitting my grandson. Yep, keeping those folks in a job is good. Baking soda can be used for all sorts of things, a box in the fridge helps keep odors down, pouring the old box down the sink drain refreshes that as well. If I remember right there are other uses found on the box and on the website.
(((HUGS))) Susanne :)

by Teresa said...

Thanks for all the household hints! Dayle's coffee cup gets ghastly stained and he seems to like it that way - when I wash it in the dishwasher, he goes.. why did you clean my cup? Silly guy! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Kris said...

I need to get to Sams to buy the giant bag of Baking Soda!!!
Meredith, thank you so much for all of your kind and encouraging words!!!
They mean an awful lot!
XO Kris

Mrs. Micawber said...

The funny thing is, I use baking soda to get the tea stains out of my cups. Works like a charm. Do you suppose steel wool would work as well on weeds? :)

Susan H. said...

Don't you just LOVE pinterest. Thanks for sharing your experiences with trying the baking soda and steel wool pad. One of the problems with pinterest is we get so eager to re-pin stuff and do not always know what works and whether anyone actually tried the tips!
xoxo Susan

Shari said...

I was wondering if it work or not...Looks like it did in some areas. I know what you mean about the grass....same here! I always put a little bleach in my dish water...it helps keep them white!
Been keeping a eye on the storm heading our way...hope all is well for you....Lord, I hope it doesn't hit us...but It kinda does. If it moves just a little more...It will be a direct hit...Not happy! Shari

MaryMargaret said...

Thank you for the tips! Since I cannot keep any actual plants alive in my slower bed, I'm going to try the baking soda trick on the weeds. Who knows, maybe a pH adjustment is just what the soil needs to support some purchased plant-life? I hope you guys stay dry and safe, and that Isaac doesn't wreak too much havoc!

lovestitch said...

Oh what a interesting tip to learn about! Thank you so much for sharing! I love the bag you shared on previous post, the colors look just so beautiful, really love the way you put them together!
You have a great day, too!
Hugs, LS

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I like Mrs. Micawber's (Sue's) comment! Ha! Glad to know I'm not the only one with mug stains. Wish I could find a remedy for Zack's armpit stains. Would be nice if he didn't have to wear a bright white shirt to school every day. With him, it doesn't stay bright white for long. Hope your day is a good one. Tammy

steph said...

gosh--I never find those kind of great tips on Pinterest----I just get into the crafty kind of trouble that steals whole days from my "schedule"!!
I'm off to buy (a ton) of baking soda! Thanks.