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Old 05-28-2012, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Atlanta suburb
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Any tips on how to clean a glass top stove? Recently, a pot of something I was making boiled over, and I can't get the burnt on areas to come out. I've tried the magic eraser, vineger/baking soda, those stove scraper things, etc., and it is still there! Anyone have any suggestions?
Have you ever tried Bar Keepers Friend? , It cleans even burned sugar of a glasstop stove. It is great on brushed aluminum sinks and stainless & copper pot or pan bottoms. Just gently rub with the grain.
Do the same on your cooktop - gently with small amount of product. It has a mild acid in it which you will definitely smell - not bad, just different.
Most supermarkets, drug stores, hardware stores and big box stores carry it.
GREAT on the grill, too! For cleaning, not eating!!!
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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I don't use any other cleanser than Bar Keepers Friend. Best cleanser on the market!!
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:26 AM
 
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In reading the whole thread finally, (whew! A good read, btw. Started in the front, then skipped some of the middle, went to the end, then back to the middle. My big regret is not writing things down as I was reading!) I see baking soda and washing soda are both mentioned. (Baking soda's discussed more than washing soda, by far.)

So, my question: I still am unfamiliar with washing soda and how it differs from bkg soda. In fact, I've never heard of w.soda until this thread. Can someone tell me in a nutshell what's the difference between the two?

I also thought I saw someone post saying they like to use baking soda in their laundry. Also I've seen A&H liquid detergent in the supermarket so I assume (maybe I shouldn't) that it has A&H bkg soda in it
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Atlanta suburb
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Wink It all comes out eventually in the wash.

Grimace, washing soda is sodium carbonate and baking soda is sodium bicarbonate.

The two are very similar in properties, but washing soda is more alkaline. Baking soda is very slightly alkaline.

Both aid in cleaning and fabric softening, but the effects are a little different. Washing soda is a good degreaser and stain removal agent and baking soda is almost like a pumice (plus it can remove tea and coffee stains - unless my husband is the dripper and then little helps!). Baking soda is used in tooth paste as an abrasive cleaner and whitener.

Both compounds are used in industry - brick making, bomb components, glass manufacturing, et al.)

If you want to clean the mess and stains off of the bottom of your frying pan, I'd use baking soda. If you want a cleaner wash, opt for washing soda.;

So, both are good in the laundry,
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:02 PM
 
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Thanks gemkeeper. That makes it easy. I saw a box of A&H washing soda powder in a hardware store near me - so I might try it soon.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:23 AM
 
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Thanks for that explanation, Gemkeeper!
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Old 05-30-2012, 02:06 PM
 
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I stopped using washing soda because the color was fading unevenly from all my dark cotton knits--sweats pants/shirts and long sleeve, knit turtle necks--that I wear in the winter. Couldn't pin it down to anything else. Color in cotton/synthetic blends wasn't affected and lighter cottons not affected either.
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:26 PM
 
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I stopped using washing soda because the color was fading unevenly from all my dark cotton knits--sweats pants/shirts and long sleeve, knit turtle necks--that I wear in the winter. Couldn't pin it down to anything else. Color in cotton/synthetic blends wasn't affected and lighter cottons not affected either.
That's interesting. Also observant to notice the details. Maybe it was the amount used? Stopping is a good idea.

Can anyone recommend a good steam cleaner (for rooms). By "good" I mean POWERFUL

I see so many negative reviews of this steamer that steamer. It's hard to keep track of who's good, who's not good - Some are made in the USA, others in Europe. The main complaint is weak power.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:26 AM
 
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Have you ever tried Bar Keepers Friend? , It cleans even burned sugar of a glasstop stove. It is great on brushed aluminum sinks and stainless & copper pot or pan bottoms. Just gently rub with the grain.
Do the same on your cooktop - gently with small amount of product. It has a mild acid in it which you will definitely smell - not bad, just different.
Most supermarkets, drug stores, hardware stores and big box stores carry it.
GREAT on the grill, too! For cleaning, not eating!!!
Thanks! Will look for it!
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Old 06-06-2012, 03:33 AM
 
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City-Data members can be quite informative! I appreciate all advice,tips, and Dos and Dont's! Searching for the Bartender's friend no to mention the Bar Keepers friend cleaning product.
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