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Old 09-26-2018, 07:21 AM   #1
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Kitchen Hygiene Hint (and it works!)

Not sure where to put this as there as there doesn't seem to be a section for kitchen cleaning and hygiene matters (or economy hints)

I have small recycling bins in my kitchen and even though I use disposable bin liners in my non-recyclable waste bin, empty it and wash and dry it several times a week and use an expensive specialist powder to stop any smells, the bin still gets very wiffy.

Two or three weeks back I'd run out of the expensive powder and had to improvise. I had a tub of bicarbonate of soda (AKA baking soda in USA) in the cupboard so tipped it all into the clean, dry bin then added a bag. Brilliant! That was two or three weeks ago and I haven't needed to replace the bicarb. No smell! Cost of bicarb? Approx $1.50 (in US money) - Cost of the special powder? Approx $5.50 and I was buying a pack every week and it didn't really work.

Bicarbonate of soda is one of the most useful (and safe) "chemicals" you can have in the house! I can remember first aid lessons in Girl Guides when we were told "bicarbonate for bee - vinegar for wasp" when dealing with stings (vinegar has lots of useful hints around the house as well!). Google for "36 uses for baking soda" for more ideas.
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I use cat litter in the bottom of my compost bin, yes my commune makes fuel out and the cat litter is recycled into the compost.
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Not sure where to put this as there as there doesn't seem to be a section for kitchen cleaning and hygiene matters (or economy hints)...
Does the name "Tips for the Home and Kitchen" sound familiar? It's the thread that has been going on for a while that collects all of the miscellaneous bits and bobs of knowledge we share with each other.
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Does the name "Tips for the Home and Kitchen" sound familiar? It's the thread that has been going on for a while that collects all of the miscellaneous bits and bobs of knowledge we share with each other.
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I use cat litter in the bottom of my compost bin, yes my commune makes fuel out and the cat litter is recycled into the compost.
Our local Council aren't that forward thinking - no arrangements for re-cycling cat litter. It had to go in the non-recyclable tip. I suppose there's no re-cycling company that deals with cat litter or that it's too expensive to do.

To be fair - our local Council is better at re-cycling than a lot of Councils. Three cheers for Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council!
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The catlitter is made out of wood, so it can be digested by the fermentation tanks. We recycle most things and what we dont , get burnt for heating and warm water.
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